The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored four runs in the fourth inning and pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Carlos Frias combined to hold the Round Rock Express to one run in a 4-1 Dodgers win Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
All four of the Dodgers runs came on four extra-base hits in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good in front of a crowd of 4,210.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher McCarthy continued his rehab assignment and made his first start with Oklahoma City as he returns from April 2015 Tommy John surgery. He allowed one run and three hits over 3.2 innings. He allowed two walks and recorded four strikeouts.
Pitcher Carlos Frias (2-3) followed McCarthy on the mound with 5.1 scoreless frames. He held the Express to three hits, walked one and recorded two strikeouts in his second win of the season. Frias returned to the OKC roster Wednesday after being optioned by the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday.
The Dodgers (39-32) won for the ninth time in 10 meetings against the Express this season and took a 2-0 lead in the current series between the teams.
The Express (38-34) scored first Wednesday and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an infield RBI single from Doug Bernier.
Oklahoma City then grabbed the lead in the fourth inning.
Center fielder Corey Brown led off with a home run to right field that landed on the grass berm behind the Express bullpen to tie the game, 1-1. The homer was his seventh of the season.
Dodgers newcomer Chris Taylor followed with a double to left field in his organizational debut. Taylor was acquired by the Dodgers Sunday from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitcher Zach Lee. The shortstop batted .312 with Triple-A Tacoma this season.
First baseman Zach Walters stepped up to bat next and tripled on a liner to center field to score Taylor and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead still with none out.
Later with two outs, second baseman Micah Johnson connected on a two-run double to center field for a 4-1 Oklahoma City advantage.
Express starting pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs and five hits over 4.0 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Round Rock outhit the Dodgers, 6-5.
The Dodgers continue their series against the Round Rock Express at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.