Dodgers Can't Contain Calhoun, Express

Former Dodger Willie Calhoun hits walk-off grand slam and totals eight RBI

Edwin Rios went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Sunday night. (Matthew Christensen)

By Oklahoma City Dodgers | September 3, 2017 11:52 PM ET


Round Rock, Texas - Former OKC Dodger Willie Calhoun hit two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam as part of a career-high eight RBI night, as the Round Rock Express beat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 10-9, Sunday at Dell Diamond.


The Dodgers (72-68) led by as many as four runs in the seventh inning and carried a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Kevin Torres and Jose Cardona started off the inning with singles before Jurickson Profar drew a four-pitch walk.


Calhoun then stepped up and sent the first pitch from Yaisel Sierra over the center field fence for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Express a dramatic come-from behind win.


It's the second time in the last four games the Dodgers lost when leading after eight innings and sixth time it's happened overall this season -- tied for most in the PCL. It's also the 12th time this season the Dodgers lost when scoring at least seven runs. 


The teams combined for 19 runs and 23 hits, including six home runs in the slugfest for the most total homers in a Dodgers game since June 22 versus Nashville. The Dodgers had not hit three home runs in a game since Aug. 6 in Las Vegas, and entering Sunday, the Dodgers had allowed a total of two home runs in their previous 13 games combined.


The Express (65-72) scored runs in each of the first two innings to take the early lead. In the first inning, Ryan Rua knocked a two-out RBI single to make it 1-0. Brett Hayes added to the lead with a solo homer in the second inning.


After being held to no runs and one hit over the first three innings, the Dodgers reeled off four runs and five hits in the fourth inning, including four straight hits with one out. Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson hit back-to-back RBI singles to even the score. Max Muncy followed with a go-ahead two-run single, and Henry Ramos laced a RBI double to cap the rally.


Down, 4-2, in the fifth, Calhoun swatted his first homer of the night with a game-tying two-run shot out to right field.


The Dodgers went right back in front in the sixth when Joc Pederson led off the inning with a solo home run.


In the seventh, Edwin Rios sent a three-run homer off the batter's eye to extend the lead to 8-4.


After a pair of walks and a pair of wild pitches to start the bottom of the seventh, Calhoun drove in both runners with a two-run single up the middle to get Round Rock within two runs.


Muncy responded with a solo homer in the eighth to give the Dodgers a bit more breathing room, as Muncy connected on his second homer in as many games. Muncy tallied three more hits Sunday, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, extending his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.


The Dodgers finished with 12 hits, with eight going for extra bases. Muncy, Rios and Ramos each had two extra-base hits.


Round Rock notched 11 hits, making the fourth straight game the Dodgers allowed at least 10 hits, as well for the fifth time in the past six games.


R.J. Alvarez (1-2) claimed the win for Round Rock after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Sierra (0-1) retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth inning before running into trouble the ninth inning and ending up with the loss.


Sunday was the ninth time the Dodgers lost in walk-off fashion this season, and they allowed a walk-off homer for the third time.


The Dodgers finish the 2017 season Monday afternoon beginning at 12:05 p.m. at Dell Diamond. Live game coverage begins at 11:50 a.m. on AM 1340 "The Game,", or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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