Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Dodgers hit three home runs Thursday night, but were unable to overcome an early deficit to the Fresno Grizzlies in a 5-3 loss at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Grizzlies built a 4-0 lead through two innings as the teams opened a four-game series - the lone series of the season between the teams - in front of a crowd of 4,575.
After a rain delay of 1 hour and 41 minutes, Fresno (14-20) quickly loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Tyler White allowed Jon Kemmer to score from third base to bring home the first run of the night for a 1-0 Fresno advantage.
Fresno's Max Stassi, a former Oklahoma City RedHawks catcher, walked to lead off the second inning and the Grizzles eventually loaded the bases again with no outs. Tony Kemp singled to drive in Stassi for a 2-0 advantage and reload the bases. Then with two outs, Preston Tucker, another former RedHawk, connected on a two-run single into right field for a 4-0 Fresno advantage.
In the fourth inning with one out, Oklahoma City's Darnell Sweeney hit a fly ball to left field that landed on the Budweiser Deck for his third home run of the season and first run of the night for the Dodgers to cut Fresno's lead to 4-1.
Second baseman Willie Calhoun led off the bottom of the fifth inning for Oklahoma City with a solo homer - his fifth homer of the season - to cut Fresno's lead to 4-2. Calhoun finished the night a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5.
In the sixth inning, Fresno's Tony Kemp grounded into a fielder's choice and a run scored on the play to put the Grizzlies ahead, 5-2.
Catcher Bobby Wilson answered in the bottom of the inning, hitting Oklahoma City's third homer in as many innings for his sixth home run of the season to cut Fresno's lead to 5-3.
The Grizzlies went on to outhit the Dodgers, 11-5, as Oklahoma City lost for the fourth time in five games in Bricktown.
Fresno reliever David Martinez (1-4), another former RedHawk, was credited with the win, despite allowing all three of the Dodgers' runs. Jordan Jankowski held Oklahoma City scoreless over the final two frames to earn his third save of the season.
Dodgers starting pitcher Fabio Castillo (1-2) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Fresno is in its third year of an affiliation with the Houston Astros after Oklahoma City served as Houston's Triple-A affiliate from 2011-14.
The Dodgers continue their series against the Fresno Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Fireworks presented by True Sky Credit Union are scheduled to follow the game.
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