Memphis, Tenn. - The Oklahoma City Dodgers broke open a close game in the eighth inning with a five-run rally, and the top three batters in the order combined for six RBI in an 8-4 win over the Memphis Redbirds Saturday night at AutoZone Park.
The Dodgers (6-4) claimed their fourth straight win and were victorious for the sixth time in their last seven games. Memphis (6-4) picked up its third consecutive loss.
The top three batters in the lineup for the Dodgers - Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Rob Segedin - combined to 5-for-14 with six RBI. Additionally, Alex Verdugo had a team-high three hits, marking his third three-hit game of the young season.
OKC took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh before the Redbirds nearly tied the game. Tommy Pham hit a RBI single with two outs to cut the lead to one. With Breyvic Valera at the plate, Pahm stole second base, putting runners at second and third.
Facing Joe Gunkel, Valera fouled off four consecutive pitches on a 1-2 count. Gunkel's next pitch was in the dirt and briefly got past Dodgers catcher Jack Murphy. Todd Cunningham tried to score from third base, but Murphy fielded the ball and threw to Gunkel covering at home plate to put the tag on Cunningham and end the inning.
The Dodgers pulled away with a five-run rally in their next at-bat. Each of the first three batters reached base to load the bases for Taylor, who was hit by a pitch, allowing a run to score.
Bellinger came up next and sent a two-run double to left-center field to push the lead to 6-2. Bellinger finished Saturday's game 2-for-4 with a walk, and he stole two bases for the first time in his career.
Segedin followed Bellinger and sent a two-run single up the middle to give the Dodgers a six-run advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth, Memphis' Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer to finish the scoring.
The Redbirds struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Harrison Bader singled and then stole second base. Patrick Wisdom followed and roped a RBI double on a 0-2 pitch to score Bader and give Memphis a 1-0 lead.
The duo of Bader and Wisdom gave the Dodgers fits all night, as they combined to go 5-for-7 and reached base in six of eight plate appearances.
However, it didn't take the Dodgers long to pull back into a tie after falling behind. Leading off the third inning, Taylor drilled his first home run of the season, and his solo blast to left-center field made it a 1-1 game.
OKC gained the lead in the fourth inning. After a walk by Brett Eibner and a double by Verdugo, Darnell Sweeney put the Dodgers ahead with a RBI groundout. Later with runners at the corners and one out, Julio Urias laid down a squeeze bunt to score Verdugo and make it 3-1.
The Dodgers had an opportunity to get some more breathing room later in the inning, loading the bases with two outs. But Memphis pitcher Josh Zeid got Segedin to fly out to right field to end the threat.
Urias did not figure in the decision, reaching his pitch limit after completing 4.2 innings. The lefty allowed one run and four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Layne Somsen followed Urias and picked up his second win in as many appearances. Somsen (2-0) threw 1.1 scoreless innings, with one walk and one strikeout.
Gunkel tossed the final three innings for OKC and notched his first save.
Zeid (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits over 4.2 innings, with four walks and six strikeouts, taking the loss.
The Dodgers will attempt to run their win streak to five games during their Easter Sunday matchup against the Redbirds at 2:05 p.m. Live coverage begins at 1:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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