R ound Rock , Texas — Round Rock hit a pair of home runs and three pitchers combined to shut out the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-0 in the series opener at The Dell Diamond.
The Zephyrs have now dropped a season-high four consecutive games.
Joey Gallo had two hits, including a two-run home run, and three RBIs for the Express. The Express scored a pair of runs in the third inning and added a pair in the seventh and eighth innings. Former Zephyrs and Miami Marlins infielder Ed Lucas connected on a two-run home run in the eighth inning to cap the contest.
Chi Chi Gonzalez (4-5) returned for Texas and allowed three hits in five innings to earn the win. Phil Klein and Will Lamb worked the final four innings to combine for the seven hit shutout.
Z’s starter Andre Rienzo (2-5) allowed four runs in seven innings for the loss.
Brady Shoemaker and Juan Diaz each had two hits for New Orleans. The shutout is the second in three days for the Z’s and the fifth of the season.
The Zephyrs are 40-46 on the season, trail Round Rock by 101/2 games.
The Zephyrs continue their road trip at 7:05 p.m. against the Round Rock Express. The Zephyrs will start right-handed pitcher Jose Urena.