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OKLAHOMA CITY -  The Oklahoma City Dodgers set a season high with five home runs in an 11-7 win against the Nashville Sounds Friday in front of a crowd of 9,861 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The league-leading Dodgers improved to 39-21 on the season and took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Sounds (29-33).

Eight of Oklahoma City's 11 runs came on home runs hit by four different Dodgers. Brian Ward homered twice in the game, driving in five runs.

Oklahoma City took the first lead of the night in the first inning. Darnell Sweeney led off the bottom of the frame with a single, then scored on a sacrifice fly from Buck Britton for a 1-0 advantage.

The Dodgers hit two homers in the second inning to extend to a 4-0 lead.

Scott Schebler hit his eighth homer of the season onto the Budweiser Deck in left field for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. With one out, Ward hit a two-run homer to left field to put OKC in front by four runs. The homer was Ward's second of the season.

Another homer for the Dodgers in the third inning put Oklahoma City ahead, 5-0, when Kyle Jensen belted his seventh homer of the season to left field.

The Sounds scored their first run of the night in the fourth inning on a RBI single from Niuman Romero to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 5-1.

Andy Wilkins hit his second homer in as many nights – and fourth of the night for OKC – in the fifth inning. Wilkins homered to the upper deck in right field for a 6-1 advantage.

A RBI double by O'Koyea Dickson with one out put Oklahoma City in front, 7-1, later in the inning.

Nashville's second run of the night came on a RBI single by Luke Carlin in the sixth inning, cutting OKC's lead to 7-2.

But Wilkins got the run back with a RBI double in the bottom of the frame to regain a six-run edge, 8-2.

With none out in the seventh inning, Ward connected on his second homer of the night – a three-run shot onto the grass berm in right center field – to push the Dodgers ahead, 11-2.

The Sounds offense then broke open with five runs in the top of the ninth inning, including a three-run homer from Jason Pridie with two outs, to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 11-4.

Dodgers starting pitcher Ian Thomas (3-0) earned his third win of the season, holding Nashville to two runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings. He issued one walk and struck out four.

Nashville pitcher A.J. Griffin (0-1), on rehab assignment, allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings and was charged with the loss.

The Dodgers put together their highest run total since a 14-11 win May 28 in Salt Lake and recorded their most home run in a game since hitting five homers June 23, 2014 at Tacoma.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. 

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