One game after Round Rock scored seven runs in the first three innings against Asher Wojciechowski, New Orleans pounded Express left-hander Jimmy Reyes for nine runs on 14 hits in 3.1 innings Wednesday at Zephyr Field.
Third baseman Matt Juengel went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, and second baseman Elliott Soto 3-for-4 with three runs to lead the Zephyrs.
“The way we were hitting, if I didn’t get the RBIs, somebody would have,” said Juengel, who also hit the winning home run in the first game of the three-game series. “It was great to bounce back against them and win the series.”
With the Zephyrs leading 2-1 entering the bottom of the third, Robert Andino led off with a home run to left field. That touched off a four-run inning in which all nine hitters batted. The Z’s hit five singles, including three in a row with the bases loaded.
The win was the third in four games for the Zephyrs (40-44), who had lost seven of eight on the road before winning the final game at Colorado Springs then returning home.
Starter Kendry Flores (1-2) allowed two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings before being relieved by Nefi Ogando.
The Zephyrs play their final series before the July 11-13 Triple-A All-Star break beginning Thursday with four games at Nashville.
The teams have played one series, April 23-26 at Nashville, which the Zephyrs won 3-1, winning the first three games.
Destin Hood led the way by going 5-for-14 (.357) with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs, all in the first three games. Hood hit had three-run homer and drove in four runs in the first game, then slugged a two-out homer in the top of the 10th to win the third game. He sat out the fourth, won by the Sounds 7-6.
That was the Z’s only loss in a stretch of eight games that begin with the first game of the series.
After the upcoming series, the teams will play three games at Zephyr Field on July 30-Aug. 2 and will meet in New Orleans for the final series of the season Sept. 2-5.
Jose Urena’s seven-game suspension ended Wednesday, and he will be the starting pitcher in Thursday’s series opener against Nashville. Urena’s suspension resulted from the Zephyrs-Redbirds brawl in Memphis on June 28 in which he threw a pitch at the head of the Redbirds’ Jeremy Hazelbaker in the fifth inning. Reliever Nefi Ogando’s suspension begins Thursday. He was suspended five games for charging from the bullpen and being a central figure in the melee. … Infielder Don Kelly’s contract was purchased by the Marlins on Wednesday. In 48 games with New Orleans, Kelly was batting .223 with one home run and 12 RBIs. The Zephyrs activated left-handed reliever Jo-Jo Reyes, who cleared waivers Tuesday after pitching one game with Miami. … The online fan voting to rename the Zephyrs ends Thursday. The votes will be counted but a winner will not be announced until after the season ends. The seven finalists were the Po’boys, Baby Cakes, King Cakes, Crawfish, Night Owls, Red Eyes and Tailgators. … With the series against Round Rock impacted by the July 11-13 Triple-A All-Star break and just going three games, the teams will meet in a five-game series Aug. 24-28 at Zephyr Field to even things out.