Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning to tie Thursday night's game before the New Orleans Baby Cakes answered with three runs in the top of the ninth to send the Dodgers to a 7-4 defeat at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
New Orleans built a 4-1 lead through four innings in front of a crowd of 4,978 in the opener of a four-game series between the teams.
Oklahoma City's bullpen held the Baby Cakes scoreless from the fifth through eighth innings, including striking out seven straight batters at one point.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Dodgers scored three runs to tie the game, 4-4, before the Baby Cakes' scored three times in the top of the ninth inning on the way to their fourth win in the last five meetings against the Dodgers.
The Baby Cakes (36-55) took the lead in the first inning. Steve Lombardozzi singled with one out, advanced to second when Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Dodgers fielding error. With two outs and the bases loaded, Chad Hinshaw drew a walk to bring home Lombardozzi for a 1-0 New Orleans lead.
Dodgers starting pitcher Justin Masterson walked three straight batters in the third inning to load the bases. KC Serna followed with a single that brought home two runs for New Orleans, which extended the Baby Cakes' lead to 3-0.
The Dodgers (49-41) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame with Masterson reaching base on an error, Kyle Farmer hitting a double and Edwin Rios drawing a walk, but O'Koyea Dickson grounded out to end the inning.
New Orleans added another run when Moises Sierra hit a RBI single into center field for a 4-0 advantage in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers' first run of the night came in the bottom of the inning when Jack Murphy connected on a RBI single to right field. Charlie Culberson scored from second base, sliding into home to beat the tag and cutting New Orleans' lead to 4-1.
Culberson hit a two-run double into center field in the eighth inning to cut New Orleans' lead to 4-3 in the eighth inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch by New Orleans pitcher Victor Payano and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Murphy to knot the game, 4-4. Culberson led the Dodgers with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday.
Sierra doubled in the top of the ninth inning to drive in two runs and break the tie, giving the Baby Cakes a 6-4 advantage. After an injury delay for the Baby Cakes, Cal Towey hit a RBI single into left field to boost the Baby Cakes' lead to 7-4.
New Orleans pitcher Brian Ellington (1-0) pitched a scoreless final 1.1 innings to earn the win.
Dodgers reliever Joe Broussard (3-1) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs and three hits in the ninth inning.
The Dodgers outhit the Baby Cakes, 11-8.
Oklahoma City continues its series against New Orleans at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Fireworks presented by True Sky Credit Union are scheduled to follow the game.
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