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Express drop second straight to Omaha

Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Bonifacio connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning to help lead the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 6-3 victory over the Round Rock Express on Wednesday in Nebraska.

The home runs were both solo shots and were part of a four-run inning that gave the Storm Chasers a 4-0 lead. Billy Burns also drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning, allowing Cam Gallagher to score from third base.

The Storm Chasers extended their lead in the seventh when O’Hearn hit a two-run double. O’Hearn homered and doubled, driving in two runs in the win.

Omaha starter Eric Skoglund (1-0) picked up the win in his first career Triple-A start after allowing three hits over five scoreless innings. Opposing starter Allen Webster (0-1) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after allowing four runs and seven hits over 1 2/3 innings. Malcom Culver struck out the side for his first save of the season.

Will Middlebrooks doubled twice and singled, driving home two runs for the Express. His two-run double in the top of the sixth cut Omaha’s lead in half at 4-2.

A.J. Jimenez pulled the Express to within a run when he grounded out in the top of the seventh to score Travis Snider. That made it 4-3 in favor of the Storm Chasers, but O’Hearn’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning put Omaha back in control.

Round Rock has work to do to earn a series split, needing two wins in a row. The series resumes at Werner Park in Omaha at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

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