LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The Lake Elsinore Storm jumped ahead early and broke open the game in the middle innings, en route to a 9-1 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks on Friday night at The Diamond.
Rod Boykin led off the bottom of the first with a home run off JetHawks starter Jesus Tinoco. The right-hander went on to set down the next nine batters in a row, but ran into trouble in the fourth inning. Boykin has homered in three straight games, his first three with the Storm.
In the top of the fourth, the JetHawks got back-to-back singles by Roberto Ramos and Mylz Jones to open the frame, but failed to score. In the bottom half, the Storm scored four runs and took a 5-0 lead. The big blow was a two-out, two-run double by Carlos Belen.
Tinoco (7-2) went six innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three. Left-hander Jonny Drozd pitched the seventh inning in his JetHawks debut and allowed a three-run homer to Austin Allen.
The lone run for the JetHawks came in the sixth. Yonathan Daza led off with a double, Ramos moved him to third with a ground ball, and Mylz Jones brought him in with an RBI ground out. Daza went 2-for-4 in the contest, his league-leading 40th multi-hit game of the season. He also leads the league with a .358 batting average.
Logan Allen (1-1) picked up his first High-A win for Lake Elsinore in his third start. The left-hander tossed six innings and allowed one run on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four.
The four-game series concludes on Saturday night at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. Right-hander Brandon Gold (1-0) will start for Lancaster against right-hander Jake Esch (1-1). First pitch is 6:00 p.m.
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