Round Rock Express Drop Finale at Omaha 6-2
OMAHA, Neb. - In the final game at historic Rosenblatt Stadium, the Omaha Royals completed a four-game series sweep of the Round Rock Express with a 6-2 victory. The Express (55-85) finished winless in nine games on the season's final road trip. The Royals (78-62) won the season series 12-4.
Oswaldo Navarro doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning; however, that was the only lead the Express would enjoy. Mike Moustakas drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to give the Royals a lead they never relinquished. It was the fourth homer of the series for Moustakas, who played three of the series' four games and totaled 13 RBI.
Edgar Osuna (1-3) earned the victory in relief of starter Luke Hochevar, who made a 3.0-inning rehab start. Osuna allowed one run on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 3.0 innings. Victory Marte, Brian Anderson and Tim Collins each worked a scoreless frame to close the game.
Round Rock starter Sergio Perez (3-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Yorman Bazardo worked the final 4.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
The Royals pushed their lead to 4-1 with a pair of runs on just one hit in the third. Scott Thorman plated the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Irving Falu later scored on a wild pitch.
The Express got a run back in the fourth on Edwin Maysonet's two-out RBI single. Omaha capped the scoring with a Jarrod Dyson RBI infield single in the bottom of the fourth and a Kurt Mertins RBI single in the eighth.
Maysonet and Navarro both were 2-for-3 for the Express. Dyson finished 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Round Rock opens its final series of the season Friday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch against the Albuquerque Isotopes at The Dell Diamond. Right-hander Shane Loux (5-12, 5.73 ERA) starts for the Express, while right-hander John Ely (5-3, 5.93 ERA) gets the nod for the Isotopes.
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