Lopes’ inside-the-park homer helps Round Rock thump Las Vegas


Christian Lopes hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning to help the Round Rock Express roll to a 12-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night.

The home run by Lopes capped a four-run inning and gave the Express a 6-4 lead. Juan Centeno hit a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning to score Ryan Rua, who had walked and advanced to third on Tommy Joseph’s single. After Centeno’s run-scoring flyout, Hunter Cole singled to put runners at first and second. Lopes then smacked the ball to right-center and circled the bases to put Round Rock on top.

The Express scored six runs in the ninth, with three homers, to complete the blowout. After three hitless trips to the plate, Scott Heineman extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single that scored Hanser Alberto, who had doubled. Heineman was caught stealing, but Rua walked and Joseph followed with a two-run homer. Centeno was hit by a pitch, and Cole homered. Lopes capped the scoring with his second homer of the night.

Round Rock starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs in five innings, but only one was earned. Connor Sadzeck (3-2) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief in which he struck out three, and 51s reliever Eric Hanhold (0-1) took the loss.



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