OKLAHOMA CITY — Miguel Rojas provided the winning margin with an RBI double in the top of the ninth inning to bring in Isaac Galloway and speared a potential game-winning single with a diving catch with two runners in scoring position in the bottom half of the frame to boost the New Orleans Zephyrs to a 4-3 win over the Oklahoma City Zephyrs on Wednesday afternoon.
Rojas went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Galloway had walked to lead off the ninth and advanced to second on a ground out by Scott Sizemore before scoring the winning run.
But Rojas’ biggest play of the day came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position. Vin Mazzaro, who had allowed four hits and three runs in the eighth inning, yielded a double and hit a batter in the ninth. Then Darwin Barney laced a pitch up the middle, but Rojas extended to his left to seal the Zephyrs’ victory.
The Z’s scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning off Dodgers’ starter Mike Bolsinger. Galloway led off with a walk, and Andre Rienzo bunted back to the mound, but Bolsinger couldn’t make the play at first, and the Zephyrs had runners at the corners with nobody out. Rojas lofted a sacrifice fly into center to bring Galloway home. After Cole Gillespie flied out, Jordany Valdespin hit an RBI double to right field, bringing Rienzo in from first.
Rojas singled with one out in the seventh to extend his hitting streak in away games to nine, and Gillespie hit a rocket to third base that Dodgers’ top prospect Corey Seager speared. But the 21-year-old with only five games of Triple-A experience threw it into right field trying to force Rojas at second, allowing both runners to advance.
Valdespin brought in Rojas with a grounder up the middle to push the Zephyrs lead to 3-0.
Pat Urckfitz got all four batters he faced, including a strikeout of Scott Schebler to lead off the eighth. But after the strikeout, Mazzaro replaced him on the hill and allowed three doubles and a single, blowing the three-run lead and wiping out Rienzo’s chance to win his first game of the season.
Rienzo threw six shutout innings, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out seven. The right-hander threw 59 of 91 pitches for strikes and has 16 strikeouts over his past two games.
Galloway scored twice without recording a hit and stole his second base of the year. He hadn’t scored since April 25 against Nashville.
Brady Shoemaker went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .349, and Gillespie had two hits for the Zephyrs, who have reached the .500 mark for the second time in three days. New Orleans has not been over .500 all season.
Vinny Rottino extended his road hit streak to nine games. ... The Zephyrs improved to 6-2 in day games this season. ... Tuesday’s rain out will be made up Aug. 2 in Oklahoma City. The rain out was the fourth of the season.
Zephyrs at Dodgers
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs left-hander Justin Nicolino (2-0, 0.63 ERA); Dodgers right-hander P.J. Walters (first game).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1