Dodgers Shut Down Aces, 4-0

Font pitches six shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his team-leading 20th start

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By Oklahoma City Dodgers | July 27, 2017 9:01 PM

Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City Dodgers pitchers Wilmer Font and Justin Marks combined to shut out the Reno Aces in the Dodgers' 4-0 win Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Wilmer Font pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits in his team-leading 20th start of the season. He issued one walk and recorded nine strikeouts.

Marks followed with three scoreless frames, allowing three hits and recording two strikeouts as he picked up his third save of the season.

The shutout was the seventh of 2017 for the Dodgers, who took a 2-1 lead in their four-game series with the Aces.

After a weather delay of 1 hour, 15 minutes, the Dodgers took the lead in the first inning in front of a crowd of 4,922.

With two outs, Willie Calhoun walked and O'Koyea Dickson followed with a single into center field. Edwin Rios batted next and lined a single into center field that brought home Calhoun for a 1-0 lead.

The RBI hit extended Rios' hitting streak to seven straight games. Dickson went on to finish the night with a team-leading two hits as he picked up his fourth multi-hit outing over his last five games.

Bobby Wilson led off the bottom of the second inning with a fly ball to left-center field that got lodged in the padding in front of the Dodgers bullpen for a ground-rule double. Mike Freeman then hit a RBI single into center field to score Wilson for a 2-0 Oklahoma City advantage.

The Dodgers (56-47) added to their lead in the sixth inning when Scott Van Slyke connected on a two-run homer out to left field to boost the Dodgers to a 4-0 lead. The home run was Van Slyke's fifth of the season, as Oklahoma City homered in an eighth straight game.

Aces starting pitcher Anthony Banda (7-6) was charged with the loss. He allowed all four Dodgers runs and six hits over 6.0 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Reno (61-44) outhit the Dodgers, 7-6.

The Dodgers and Aces conclude their series at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans through the gates receive an OKC Dodgers blanket presented by New Amsterdam. Fireworks are scheduled to follow the game presented by Francis Tuttle.

Live 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 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or by ordering through okcdodgers.com. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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