Omaha Clips Round Rock 5-1
OMAHA, Neb. - Omaha's back-to-back homers in the eighth inning from Mike Moustakas and Scott Thorman led the Omaha Royals to a 5-1 win over the Round Rock Express Wednesday night at Rosenblatt Stadium. Omaha (77-62) has won the first three games of the series, while Round Rock (55-84) has lost four in a row and 10 of their last 12 games. Thursday's series finale at Rosenblatt Stadium will be the final game in the ballpark.
The Royals stretched a 3-1 lead to 5-1 after Moustakas' leadoff home run, followed by Thorman's round-tripper in the eighth. Irving Falu's two-run single in the fifth came after Jarrod Dyson's sacrifice fly, which broke the scoreless tie.
Omaha's Matthew Herges (8-4) was credited the win in relief; he allowed one run on six hits over 2.2 innings. Starter Brian Bannister spun 3.1 innings of scoreless ball, before giving it over to Herges. Harold Coleman followed Herges, working 2.0 innings, while giving up two hits. Federico Castaneda tossed a spotless ninth inning.
Round Rock starter Josh Banks (9-11) worked his third complete game of the season. Banks gave up five runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Express brought it to 3-1 in the seventh after German Duran scored off of Oswaldo Navarro's two-out RBI single.
Edwin Bellorin finished 3-for-4 at the plate, leading the Express offense. Navarro, Duran, Chris Shelton, Brandon Barnes and Edwin Maysonet each had two hits apiece.
Round Rock and Omaha conclude their four-game series Thursday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch at Rosenblatt Stadium. Dueling righties will go the bump as Sergio Perez (3-3, 5.01 ERA) takes the ball for the Express, opposed by Luke Hochevar (0-0, 0.00) for the Royals.
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