Four-run ninth dooms Round Rock Express against Oklahoma City


Oklahoma City scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back to defeat the Round Rock Express 8-7 in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Travis Taijeron singled off R.J. Alvarez to score Henry Ramos and end the game. Alvarez replaced Jose Leclerc on the mound, who failed to record an out and was responsible for all four runs that scored in the inning.

The Express (1-5) seemed poised to earn its second win of the season, leading 7-3 heading to the eighth inning.

Willie Calhoun hit a home run to tie the game at 1-all in the top of the fourth before Hanser Alberto put Round Rock up later in the inning. Alberto grounded out, but Cameron Rupp was able to score on the play.

Christian Lopes hit Round Rock’s second homer of a the game in the next inning, a grand slam that made it 6-1.

After the Dodgers (3-1) put up two runs in the fifth, the Express countered with yet another home run. Rupp, a former Longhorn, hit his first home run of the season in the top of the seventh to give the Express a four-run lead. Rupp scored three runs on the night.

After Max Muncy homered to pull the Dodgers to within three runs, Oklahoma City got some help from the Express pitching staff.

Leclerc entered the game to start the bottom of the ninth and proceeded to walk four straight batters before getting pulled.

Henry Ramos drew a walk to score Tim Locastro before an Alex Verdugo single drove in two runs to tie the game.



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