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Round Rock Express Fall to Oklahoma City 15-2

July 11, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Oklahoma City sent 12 batters to the plate in a seven-run first inning and Round Rock never recovered as the RedHawks defeated the Express 15-2 in Sunday night's series finale at The Dell Diamond. The Express (38-53) suffered their worst defeat of the season. The RedHawks (49-39) took three of four games in the series and lead the season series 6-2.

Express starter Shane Loux struck out Craig Gentry on an 0-2 pitch to start the game. Not much else went the Express' way. The next seven RedHawks reached base - five by way of hits, one by way of a walk and one by way of an error. Matt Brown's RBI single scored the first run. After a passed ball plated another run, Max Ramirez delivered an RBI single. Hernan Iribarren followed with a two-run double, and Gentry capped the inning with a two-out RBI single.

Loux (2-7) did not escape the first inning, exiting after Gentry's single. Loux allowed seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout; he used 41 pitches. The seven-run first was the highest scoring inning by an Express opponent this season; the previous high was a six-run seventh by Memphis six days earlier.

Round Rock cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive doubles from Ramon Vazquez and Drew Locke. Oklahoma City was quick to respond, scoring two in the fifth on consecutive RBI triples from Esteban German and Mitch Moreland. The RedHawks tacked on a run in the sixth, four in the eighth and a run in the ninth. The Express capped the scoring in the bottom of the ninth on three consecutive singles and a Brian Bogusevic RBI fielder's choice.

Doug Mathis (4-4) earned the victory in relief for the RedHawks; he allowed one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 3.1 innings. Starter Rich Harden worked 2.2 scoreless innings on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in a rehab assignment.

Wladimir Sutil was 3-for-5, while Bogusevic (2-for-5) delivered his team-leading 33rd multiple-hit game.

Four RedHawks had three hits each, while two others had two-hit games. Iribarren, who blasted a three-run homer in the four-run eighth, was 2-for-5 with five RBI. Ramirez had three RBI, and Moreland had a solo homer in the ninth.

Both teams have a three-day hiatus for the Triple-A All-Star Game break. Round Rock returns to action Thursday, July 15, opening a four-game series at Albuquerque. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CDT at Isotopes Park.

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