The New Orleans Zephyrs rode an early lead to a 9-3 victory against the Oklahoma City Dodgers Monday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to avoid a series sweep.
The Zephyrs scored four runs in the first inning and added three runs in the second inning to build a quick 7-0 lead in front of a crowd of 4,516.
The game was eventually called due to heavy rain with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases loaded for Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City (58-43) entered the game with a 3-0 lead in the series, but the Zephyrs avoided the series sweep with the win in the finale.
The loss ended the Dodgers’ five-game winning streak and stretch of six straight home victories.
The Zephyrs (47-53) quickly took a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
New Orleans collected four singles and two walks to build a 3-0 lead before the first out. Two runs scored on a single by Matt Juengel. Later with the bases loaded, Dodgers starting pitcher Jose De Leon issued a walk to Austin Nola to bring home another run.
A sacrifice fly by Cole Figueroa scored Juengel and pushed New Orleans to a 4-0 advantage on the first out of the game.
A three-run homer by Xavier Scruggs in the second inning extended the Zephyrs’ lead to 7-0.
Pitcher Seth Frankoff then entered the game to replace De Leon. De Leon (3-1) allowed a season-high seven runs and season-high eight hits, two walks and recorded one strikeout over 1.1 innings.
Back-to-back doubles from O’Koyea Dickson and Zach Walters cut into New Orleans’ lead in the second inning, 7-1.
The Zephyrs added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Juengel tripled, then scored on a single by Tomas Telis for an 8-1 lead. A RBI double by Figueroa pushed New Orleans to a 9-1 advantage.
A RBI single by Will Venable in the sixth inning cut New Orleans’ lead to 9-2, as Venable extended his hitting streak to eight straight games.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out and Rob Segedin hit a RBI single with rain beginning to fall.
With the bases loaded again, the tarp was pulled onto the infield as heavy rain moved into the area. After a 34-minute delay, the game was called.
Chris Narveson (4-3) earned the win for New Orleans, allowing two runs and six hits over 5.1 innings. He did not allow a walk and struck out three.
The Dodgers next open an eight-game road trip with a four-game series in Memphis starting at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at AutoZone Park.