Justin Bour had three hits, including a double and a three-run homer, and Andrew Heaney struck out nine batters in six innings to lead the New Orleans Zephyrs to an 8-5 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Sunday.
New Orleans has taken 11 of 15 meetings with Omaha this season, including six of seven at Zephyr Field.
Bour gave the Zephyrs a quick lead in the first inning against Storm Chasers starter Clayton Mortensen. After Jake Marisnick led off with a single and Mark Canha drew a one-out walk, Bour roped a three-run homer deep over the wall and inside the right field foul pole, his 12th home run of the season and first since June 14.
Francisco Pena responded with a home run to center field leading off the second inning, giving the Omaha catcher 22 home runs on the year, second-most in the PCL.
But the Zephyrs regained a three-run lead in their half of the frame, capitalizing on a throwing error by Johnny Giavotella to plate a run on a double play grounder by Danny Black. The Z's added to their lead an inning later on a Juan Diaz sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Canha singled through the hole at short and scored when Bour doubled and the ball was bobbled by right fielder Carlos Peguero. Bour advanced to third on an infield single by Kyle Jensen, and scored on Diaz's second sacrifice fly of the day for a 7-1 Zephyrs lead.
Heaney had retired eight consecutive batters until Christian Colon homered leading off the sixth. Heaney walked Giavotella then allowed an RBI double to Peguero, but struck out the next three Storm Chasers to strand a runner at third and finish his outing with nine strikeouts, equaling his Triple-A high.
Bryan Evans gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including a solo homer to Peguero, and Chaz Roe struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning to secure his 10th save.
Heaney (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits to earn his first victory since rejoining the Zephyrs from Miami on July 12.
Mortensen (4-3) suffered his third straight defeat, and second to the Zephyrs in 10 days, by allowing seven runs (five earned) and nine hits in five innings.
The Zephyrs aim for a third consecutive win in the series finale on Monday at 7 p.m.
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