Noonan’s double leads Round Rock to 4-2 win over Iowa


Nick Noonan hit a run-scoring double in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 4-2 win over the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday.

R.J. Alvarez struck out Chris Gimenez with a runner on first to end the game for his seventh save of the season.

Andy Ibanez scored on Noonan’s double to tie the game 2-2 after he led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a groundout.

The Express took the lead for good in the ninth when Jose Cardona scored on a ground out.

Matt Bush (1-1) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Dillon Maples (0-1) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.

Cubs, Express split Monday doubleheader: Iowa and Round Rock split a doubleheader Monday. The Express won the first game 11-4 and the Cubs won the second game 6-4.

In the first game, Cameron Rupp hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and Ibanez homered and had two hits, driving in three to lead Round Rock.

The home run by the former Longhorn, part of a four-run inning, gave the Express a 2-0 lead before Noonan hit a two-run home run later in the inning.

Tim Lincecum (1-0) got the win in relief while Iowa starter Adbert Alzolay (2-2) took the loss.

In the second game, Efren Navarro had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Cubs.

Anthony Bass got Juan Centeno to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season.

After Iowa added two runs in the fourth, the Express cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Scott Heineman hit an RBI double and then scored on a two-run single by Christian Lopes.

Round Rock saw its comeback attempt come up short after Ibanez scored on a ground out in the sixth inning to cut the Iowa lead.

Iowa starter Jen-Ho Tseng (1-4) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Opposing starter David Hurlbut (0-3) took the loss after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings.



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