Oklahoma City - A four-run seventh inning provided all of the offense the New Orleans Baby Cakes needed for a 4-3 win against the Oklahoma City Dodgers Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Dodgers built a 2-0 lead and held the Baby Cakes to one hit through six innings before New Orleans broke through the shutout in the seventh inning in front of a crowd of 9,927.
The Baby Cakes sent the Dodgers to a fourth straight loss and their seventh defeat in the last eight games. New Orleans also took a 3-0 lead in the four-game series between the teams.
The Dodgers (49-43) and Baby Cakes played through three scoreless frames Saturday night.
Oklahoma City's Scott Van Slyke led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double and scored when Drew Maggi knocked a single into right field with two outs to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Mike Freeman singled to lead off the fifth inning for Oklahoma City, advanced to second base when Jack Murphy drew a walk and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by starting pitcher David Hale. Alex Verdugo then grounded out to score Freeman and put the Dodgers in front, 2-0.
Freeman collected a game-high three hits Saturday, also notching a RBI and scoring a run.
After being held to one hit through six innings by Hale, the Baby Cakes broke through the shutout.
In the seventh inning, New Orleans (38-55) loaded the bases with none out on two walks and a single. Brandon Barnes followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 2-1.
New Orleans added another run when Peter Mooney hit a ball down the right-field line that ricocheted off Dodgers first baseman Van Slyke's glove and allowed Mike Aviles to score from third base and tie the game, 2-2.
Brian Anderson entered the game as a pinch hitter and singled to center field to bring home two more runs for New Orleans and give the Baby Cakes a 4-2 lead.
Oklahoma City's Willie Calhoun doubled with one out in the eighth inning and scored on a RBI single by Freeman into right field to cut New Orleans' lead to 4-3.
Calhoun went 2-for-4 Saturday and extended his current hitting streak to a season-best nine games. Verdugo doubled in the seventh inning to extend his on-base streak to 34 games. Entering Saturday, Verdugo's on-base streak was the second-longest in Triple-A this season.
Dodgers pitcher Jacob Rhame entered the game in the eighth inning and held New Orleans scoreless over the final two innings.
Hale (1-2) was charged with the loss for Oklahoma City, allowing three runs (one earned) and two hits over 6.1 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
New Orleans starting pitcher Justin Nicolino (4-3) got the win, allowing two runs and five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Daniel Schlereth was credited with his first save of the season with New Orleans.
The Dodgers outhit New Orleans, 10-6, in the game.
First pitch for the finale of the four-game series between the Dodgers and Baby Cakes is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday. All Sunday home games throughout the season offers family friendly activities, including pregame player autographs and kids can run the bases after the game.
Live coverage begins at 5:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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