Oklahoma City - A 10-run sixth inning by the Round Rock Express turned a five-run deficit into a five-run lead as they went on to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 11-8, Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Dodgers built a 6-1 lead through three innings in the series opener between the teams and starting pitcher Fabio Castillo held the Express to two hits through five innings, retiring 11 straight Round Rock batters at one point.
Once Castillo exited the game, the Express took control on the scoreboard in front of a sellout crowd of 9,894.
Round Rock scored 10 runs on eight hits in the sixth inning against four Oklahoma City pitchers. The Express drew three walks and the Dodgers committed two errors in the inning as the Express ended Oklahoma City's three-game winning streak.
Round Rock took the game's first lead in the first inning against the Dodgers, who wore special pink jerseys as part of the team's "Pack the Park Pink" night.
Jurickson Profar homered over the tall wall in right field with one out in the first inning to give the Express a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers (63-54) rallied with two outs in the second inning. Henry Ramos doubled, O'Koyea Dickson walked and Jack Murphy was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Drew Maggi, who knocked a two-run single into center field for a 2-1 Dodgers lead.
Tim Locastro followed with a single to center field to load the bases once again. With Max Muncy at the plate, Clayton Blackburn threw a wild pitch that allowed Murphy to score for a 3-1 Oklahoma City lead.
Oklahoma City added to its lead in the third inning. The first four batters of the inning singled, including a bunt single by Ramos. With runners at first and second base, Ramos bunted to the right side of the pitcher's mound. Express first baseman Ronald Guzman fielded the ball and threw the ball toward second base to attempt a force out, but his throw went into center field, allowing a run to score on the play. Dickson followed with a single into center field to drive in two more Oklahoma City runs and extend the Dodgers to a 6-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Express (55-62) scored five runs before an out was made in the inning. Fifteen batters came to the plate for Round Rock in the frame.
The 10 runs allowed in the inning were the most given up in one inning by an Oklahoma City team since the 2013 season. Round Rock was also the last team to score 10 runs in an inning against Oklahoma City on Aug. 22, 2013 at Dell Diamond when Round Rock scored 10 runs in the sixth inning in a 12-3 win against the RedHawks.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out and Edwin Rios hit a two-run double into left field to cut Round Rock's lead to 11-8.
Round Rock reliever Anthony Bass (2-2) was credited with the win, and Preston Claiborne picked up his 16th save of the season. Dodgers reliever Jeremy Bleich (5-1) was charged with the loss.
The Dodgers continue their series against the Express at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The 20th Season All-Ballpark Team, as voted by fans, will be unveiled prior to the game and former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Norick was instrumental in the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) program, which funded the ballpark's construction.
Live coverage of Saturday's game begins at 6:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
Tickets are available through the box office on S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or by ordering through okcdodgers.com.
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