Jason Lane hammered a two-run double to give the Zephyrs the lead in a five-run seventh inning as visiting New Orleans spoiled Opening Night the Dell Diamond on Friday, beating the Round Rock Express 7-3.
The Zephyrs trailed 3-0 early after a pair of miscues led to two unearned runs. The New Orleans offense scratched out a run without a hit in the fourth inning, and did not collect a hit off Round Rock starter Polin Trinidad until the fifth inning.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, the Z's struck for five runs with two out against reliever Jared Wells. Lane's double scored two, and was followed by an RBI single by Scott Cousins and a two-run double by Danny Richar.
Chris Schroder tossed a scoreless sixth inning to pick up the win in relief of Hunter Jones, who allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits in five innings. Jones struck out six and walked one.
The Zephyrs bullpen, which entered play with a 10.33 ERA, combined to hold Round Rock without a hit over the final four innings.
Game Notes: Vinny Rottino was assigned to Class AA Jacksonville ... Emilio Bonifacio joined the Z's from the Marlins, and had a hit and RBI in his Zephyr debut ... The Z's played in their third Opening Day of the season; the Z's won the home opener, lost at Albuquerque on Monday and defeated Round Rock in the Express' home opener.
Coming Up: The Zephyrs and Express meet Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Z's will start RH Matt DeSalvo (0-1, 16.20) against Express LH Wesley Wright (0-0. 2.25) RADIO: 106.1 FM WMTI
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