Four-Run Fourth Leads OKC to Friday Win

Starting pitcher Justin Masterson holds Fresno to two runs and three hits over seven innings


By Oklahoma City Dodgers | May 12, 2017 2:42 PM ET

Oklahoma City - A four-run fourth inning helped push the Oklahoma City Dodgers to a 5-2 win Friday night against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Trailing, 2-0, the Dodgers tallied four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as they went on to even their four-game series with Fresno, 1-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 9,528.

Dodgers starting pitcher Justin Masterson (3-1) matched his season high, pitching 7.0 innings in his third win of the season. Masterson allowed two runs and three hits, issued two walks and recorded six strikeouts.

Madison Younginer held the Grizzlies scoreless over the final two innings for his second save of the season as the Dodgers held Fresno to three hits on the night.

Fresno's Tony Kemp led off the game with a double and later scored on a double steal. With Preston Tucker batting, with one out and runners at first and third base, the Grizzlies completed a double steal with Derek Fisher stealing second base and Kemp stealing home to put the Grizzlies in front, 1-0, in the first inning.

Fisher led off the fourth inning with a solo homer to push the Grizzlies (14-21) to a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers (17-16) took the lead in the bottom of the frame.

With runners at first and third base and one out, Bobby Wilson lined a RBI single into left field. Darnell Sweeney later connected on a two-out RBI single to knot the game, 2-2. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Alex Verdugo lined a two-run single into right field that deflected off Fresno first baseman A.J. Reed's glove and pushed Oklahoma City to a 4-2 advantage.

O'Koyea Dickson doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, then scored on a RBI single by Max Muncy for a 5-2 Dodgers lead.

Fresno starting pitcher Trent Thornton (1-1) was charged with the loss for the Grizzlies, allowing four runs and six hits, two walks and striking out six.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Fresno Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The gates open at 6 p.m., and the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free OKC Dodgers baseball hat.

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