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Bleier blanks Tulsa for Frisco's fifth straight win06/05/2011 5:29 PM ET
By Brian Boesch / Frisco RoughRiders
Behind seven shutout innings from Richard Bleier, the RoughRiders claimed their fifth straight victory, 3-0 over the Tulsa Drillers Sunday afternoon at ONEOK Field.
The 'Riders (31-24) have won five straight for the second time this season, and all five wins have come away from home. At 14-13, Frisco is above .500 on the road for the first time in 2011.
Bleier (1-2) scattered four base hits in what was his longest outing of the year. The lefty struck out two and walked one. At one point, he retired ten straight Drillers.
Tulsa (28-26) threatened a few times, but Bleier stranded six runners, five of which were in scoring position.
With the help of three Tulsa errors, the 'Riders plated a run in the first inning on a Mike Bianucci sacrifice fly. Bianucci leads the team with 41 runs batted in, which is good for fifth place in the Texas League.
The RoughRiders tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. With the bases loaded, both Guilder Rodriguez and Leonys Martin singled in a run.
Ben Snyder worked a scoreless eighth inning out of the Frisco bullpen. Justin Miller stranded a pair of Drillers in the ninth for his fourth save.
Tulsa starter Christian Friedrich (4-4) allowed all three Frisco runs over a season-high seven and a third frames. He struck out seven and surrendered seven hits.
Frisco aims for a perfect six-game road trip Monday afternoon in Tulsa. First pitch is set for 12:05. Southpaw Martin Perez (3-0, 2.41), who owns the second-best earned run average in the Texas League, will start for the 'Riders against right-hander Cory Riordan (1-5, 5.37). Pre-game coverage along the RoughRiders Baseball Network begins at 11:35 a.m.
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