Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma City Dodgers scored in each of the first four innings and hit three home runs on the way to a 7-4 win Wednesday night against the Tacoma Rainiers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Tacoma built a 4-1 lead in the top of the second inning before the Dodgers scored six unanswered runs as the teams opened a three-game series.
Gavin Lux and Zach McKinstry both finished with a game-high three hits and both homered as McKinstry also collected four RBI. Austin Barnes homered in a fifth straight game for the Dodgers as they took a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Rainiers opened the scoring in their first at-bat of the night.
Former Dodger Daniel Castro homered in the first inning to put Tacoma in front, 1-0. Castro was traded to Seattle July 28 for Kristopher Negrón after playing in 45 games for the OKC Dodgers this season.
The Rainiers (52-63) went on to load the bases with one out on three straight walks, but Dodgers pitcher J.D. Martin got Jordan Pacheco to hit into a double play to end the inning.
Lux led off the bottom of the second inning with a home run, hitting a fly ball to center field to tie the game, 1-1, with his 10th Triple-A homer. He has now reached base safely in each of his first 31 Triple-A games.
The Rainiers led off the second inning with back-to-back singles before Chris Mariscal connected on a three-run homer out to left field for a 4-1 Tacoma lead.
McKinstry belted a two-run homer out to center field in the bottom of the second inning to cut Tacoma's lead to 4-3. The home run was his first in Triple-A.
McKinstry then connected on a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning to put the Dodgers in front for the first time, 5-4.
Barnes homered in a fifth straight game, leading off the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-4 Dodgers advantage. He became the second Dodgers player to accomplish the feat this season as Will Smith also homered in five consecutive games June 12-17.
A RBI double by Jedd Gyorko in the sixth inning extended OKC's lead to 7-4 in the sixth inning as the Dodgers improved to 53-61. Gyorko continued his Major League rehab assignment and played his first game for OKC Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Dodgers starting pitcher Martin (3-0) allowed four runs on six hits in the win. He issued seven walks - the most by an OKC pitcher this season - and recorded two strikeouts.
Pitchers Victor Gonzalez and Dylan Floro combined for 2.1 scoreless frames before Josh Sborz closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning for his third save of the season with the Dodgers.
Tacoma starting pitcher Nabil Crismatt (0-4) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits. He did not issue a walk and had one strikeout as the Dodgers outhit Tacoma, 14-8.
The Dodgers continue their home series against Tacoma at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tomorrow's game falls on a $2 Thursday, featuring $2 select beer, Pepsi products and bottled water.
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