ROUND ROCK, Texas – Omaha pounded 13 hits, five of which came with runners in scoring position, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Round Rock Express in Saturday night’s Pacific Coast League action at The Dell Diamond. The Express (41-59) fell to 2-7 since the All-Star break and have lost seven straight home games. The Storm Chasers lead the season series 12-2 and have won 15 of the last 18 meetings, dating back to last year’s PCL American Conference Championship Series.
The Storm Chasers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the third and never relinquished the lead. Former Express member Jason Bourgeois walked to open the inning and later scored when Johnny Giavotella bounced into a bases-loaded double play. Wil Myers followed with an RBI single.
Luis Hernandez homered to open the bottom of the third, but Omaha answered in the fourth when Tony Abreu doubled and scored on a Max Ramirez single. Ryan Spilborghs clubbed a solo homer with two outs in the fifth, his first round-tripper since May 26 at Nashville – a span of 44 games and 168 at bats. Omaha capped the scoring in the seventh; Adam Moore doubled with one out and scored on a Giavotella single.
Omaha starter Chris Dwyer (1-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over six innings with three strikeouts. Roman Colon retired all nine batters he faced for a three-inning save, his sixth of the season. Joey Butler led off the sixth with a single; Matt Kata then bounced into a double play, and Round Rock did not manage another base-runner the rest of the game.
Express starter Zach Jackson (3-12) shouldered the loss; he allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with one strikeout over five and two-thirds innings. He lost his fourth straight decision and was given a total of eight runs of support in those games. Round Rock was held to four or fewer runs for the 13th consecutive home game.
Butler (2-for-4) had Round Rock’s lone multiple-hit game and ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the process.
Moore and Tony Abreu both had three-hit nights for Omaha, while Ramirez and Clint Robinson each had two hits.
Round Rock and Omaha continue their four-game series Sunday with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch at The Dell Diamond. Right-hander Greg Reynolds (7-6, 5.07 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Express opposite Storm Chasers lefty Doug Davis (5-1, 3.48 ERA).