The offense of the Las Vegas 51s continued to roll in Oklahoma City Tuesday, defeating the Dodgers 8-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 9,427 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Tuesday marked the third straight game the 51s scored at least eight runs against the Dodgers as Las Vegas clinched the four-game series between the teams, 3-1, by posting victories in the final three games.
Oklahoma City (21-16) has lost three straight home games for the first time this season after allowing 29 runs (26 earned) during the stretch.
The Dodgers scored first for the 12th time in the last 13 games to take the early lead in the field trip day game.
Second baseman Zach Walters led off the bottom of the second inning with a double, then scored on a two-out RBI double by Dodgers starting pitcher Logan Bawcom to right field for a 1-0 Dodgers lead.
The 51s (21-17) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning. With runners at first and second base and two outs, T.J. Rivera hit a fly ball to center field to drive in two runs with a single.
The 51s scored three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning. Ty Kelly led off with a single and former Oklahoma City RedHawk Marc Krauss reached on an error before Nevin Ashley walked to load the bases with none out for Danny Muno. Muno then drew a walk to bring home Las Vegas’ third run of the day and reload the bases for Gabriel Ynoa, who struck out.
After a Dodgers pitching change and with the bases still loaded, Dilson Herrera grounded into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Rob Segedin and Krauss was forced out at home. With the bases loaded again, Brandon Nimmo drew a walk to push the 51s in front, 4-1. A RBI single by Rivera on a grounder to third base gave the 51s a 5-1 advantage.
A two-run homer from James Ramsey, which landed into the Dodgers bullpen in left center field, cut into the Las Vegas lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the fifth inning. The home run was Ramsey’s fourth of the season.
A RBI double by Kelly pushed the 51s in front, 6-3, in the seventh inning and Krauss crushed a two-run home run over the Devon Deck in right field for an 8-3 Las Vegas lead.
The Dodgers cut into the Las Vegas lead in the ninth inning on a two-run single by Ramsey, who finished the game with four RBI.
Las Vegas starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (5-0) picked up his fifth win of the season, allowing three runs and seven hits over six innings. He allowed three walks and had three strikeouts.
In the second start of his career, Bawcom (1-1) pitched three innings for Oklahoma City, allowing two runs and two hits. He walked two and struck out four and was charged with the loss.
Seven Dodgers pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, one shy of the team’s season high of 16 against Memphis on April 11.
The Dodgers fell to 2-2 in games that started before noon this season.
After an off day Wednesday, the Dodgers open a four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.