Back-to-back home runs by Mike Aviles and Cal Towey in the top of the ninth inning on Friday night rallied the New Orleans Baby Cakes past the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 11-10.
New Orleans has won seven of its last nine games, including five of its last six against the Dodgers.
The 'Cakes squandered leads of 5-0 and 8-4, falling behind 10-8 on a two-run homer by O'Koyea Dickson in the eighth, before rallying in the ninth. Down to their final out against PCL All-Star Madison Younginer, Aviles drilled a two-run shot to left to knot the score, and Towey followed with a home run to right on the next pitch to vault the 'Cakes into the lead.
Brian Ellington inherited the tying run on base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and struck out both batters he faced to end the game and record his fifth save.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, the Baby Cakes loaded the bases with no outs before pitcher Keyvius Sampson cleared the basepaths with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Tomas Telis.
The Dodgers came back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, including two on a double by Alex Verdugo, but Brandon Barnes answered with a solo home run in the third to spark a three-run inning.
The Oklahoma City bullpen stepped in to retire 16 of the next 17 batters, while the Dodgers' offense mounted a comeback by scoring in five straight innings.
Back-to-back doubles by Willie Calhoun and Edwin Rios led off the bottom of the sixth and cut New Orleans' lead to 8-7, and Todd Cunningham's RBI double in the seventh brought the Dodgers even at 8-8.
Hunter Cervenka (1-3) was credited with the victory in relief of Sampson, who allowed four hits and five runs with six walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Younginer (3-4) took the loss and suffered his third blown save.
The four-game series continues on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
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