Oklahoma City - Infielder Edwin Rios hammered a grand slam in the third inning and racked up a career-high six RBI in the Oklahoma City Dodgers' 11-4 win against the New Orleans Baby Cakes Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Catcher Bobby Wilson tied his season high with four RBI as he combined with Rios to drive in 10 of Oklahoma City's 11 runs on the night.
The Dodgers (71-65) broke a tie game with a five-run bottom of the third inning as they grabbed the lead for good and went on to take a 2-1 lead in their four-game series with New Orleans.
Rios went 4-for-5 in the game with a grand slam, double, six RBI and three runs scored. He tied the Dodgers' season high for RBI in a game, last accomplished by O'Koyea Dickson July 20 against Memphis.
Wilson finished the night 2-for-3 with four RBI and also drew a walk in front of a crowd of 5,936.
Oklahoma City outhit the Baby Cakes, 15-8, on the night, but it was New Orleans who grabbed the first lead, scoring the first run of the night in the second inning.
Brian Anderson led off by lining a single into right field. Cal Towey later hit a fly ball to left field for a one-out double to advance Anderson to third base. Jake Elmore then grounded out, allowing Anderson to score for a 1-0 New Orleans lead.
The Dodgers opened the bottom of the inning with three straight hits. Max Muncy doubled and Trayce Thompson followed with a single. Rios then connected on a RBI single into right field to bring home Muncy and tie the game, 1-1.
Wilson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Thompson from third base for a 2-1 Dodgers advantage.
The Baby Cakes (54-79) tied the game in the third inning. Ramon Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk - the fourth walk of the inning. With the bases loaded again, Dodgers starting pitcher Justin Marks got Towey to strike out to keep the game tied, 2-2.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning on three walks. Thompson followed with an infield RBI single to put the Dodgers ahead, 3-2. With the bases loaded again, Rios belted a grand slam out to center field onto the grass berm just to the right of the batter's eye.
The grand slam was the second of the season for Oklahoma City and first since Wilson hit a grand slam in the eighth inning of OKC's May 23 game at Albuquerque.
The grand slam was Rios' first in Triple-A, but his second of the season. He hit a grand slam earlier this season for Double-A Tulsa May 2.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the fifth inning. Oklahoma City led off with four straight singles, including a two-run single by Wilson for a 9-2 advantage.
The Baby Cakes added two runs in the sixth inning. Ramon Cabrera led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out double by Elmore. Christian Colon followed with a RBI single to cut the Dodgers' lead to 9-4.
The Dodgers scored two more runs in the eighth inning. Alex Verdugo led off with a double and scored on a two-out double by Rios. Wilson followed with a RBI single for an 11-4 Dodgers lead.
Thompson went 3-for-3 for the Dodgers with a RBI and three runs scored. Muncy was also one of four Dodgers with a multi-hit night as he went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 11 games.
Marks (4-2) made his fifth start of the season for the Dodgers and was credited with the win, allowing two runs and five hits over 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.
The Dodgers pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts on the night and now lead the PCL with 1,238 strikeouts this season. They now need eight strikeouts over their final five games to break the PCL modern-era record they set last season (1,245).
New Orleans starting pitcher William Cuevas (2-6) was charged with the loss, allowing nine runs and 11 hits over 5.0 innings with four walks and two strikeouts.
The teams combined for 12 walks on the night and 13 strikeouts.
The Dodgers wrap up the home portion of their 2017 schedule at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow on a special "Throwback Thursday" against New Orleans.
Dodgers players and coaches will wear special retro Oklahoma City 89ers jerseys and hats throughout the night and their game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off via a silent auction to benefit the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation.
The final home game of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark's 20th season also falls on a $2 Thursday, featuring $2 soda, water and beer from a line of Budweiser and Pepsi products. Fireworks will follow the game, presented by Francis Tuttle.
Retro 89ers merchandise will be available for purchase in the OKC Dodgers Team Store, including a limited number of the same 89ers hats the team will wear on the field. Oklahoma City 89ers T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
Live game coverage 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 South Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or by ordering through okcdodgers.com.
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