Cal Towey had three hits and delivered a go-ahead single as the New Orleans Baby Cakes rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning and defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday night, 3-2.
Trailing 2-1 and down to their final three outs, Jake Elmore laced a leadoff double into the right field corner and Eury Perez legged out a single on a well-placed sacrifice bunt attempt. After Perez stole second with one out, the Dodgers intentionally walked Moises Sierra to load the bases, but Jeremy Bleich walked Brian Anderson to force in the tying run, and Towey's single to left put the 'Cakes in front.
Clayton Mortensen retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his first save.
Towey's leadoff double in the second led to the Baby Cakes' first run of the night, as he scored two batters later on a single by Grant Green. But the 'Cakes were unable to build on their advantage and stranded at least baserunner in every inning but the third, finishing 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
Making his first start of the season, Victor Payano blanked the Dodgers on two hits and struck out five across four innings. Kelvin Marte nursed the 1-0 lead into the seventh, when Oklahoma City struck for a pair of runs on a Henry Ramos two-run homer.
Tayron Guerrero (3-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and was credited with the victory, while Bleich (5-2) took the loss and was charged with his sixth blown save.
Perez had three hits for the 'Cakes and is hitting .362 in 22 games since joining the club.
Despite winning its road finale, New Orleans ended with the worst road record in franchise history at 25-46.
The Baby Cakes return home to open their final series of the 2017 campaign on Friday against the Nashville Sounds. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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