EL PASO, Texas — New Orleans relief pitcher Sam Dyson did it all Monday night. Dyson pitched two scoreless innings, delivered a lead off hit to start an 11th-inning rally, and scored a run as the Zephyrss came from behind to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas.
The Chihuahuas’ Rocky Gale drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning to give El Paso a 2-0 lead. Jake Goebbert hit a solo homer off the scoreboard in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Zephyrs pushed a run across in the seventh inning with a two-out RBI from Mark Canha. Jake Marisnick tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, his fifth of the season.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the 11th, Dyson led the inning off with a single. Jordany Valdespin advanced him to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Zack Cox singled and the Zephyrs had runners at the corners with one out. Canha hit a sacrifice fly to left field, and Dyson avoided the tag to score the go ahead run. Kyle Jensen singled, and the Zephyrs scored an additional run to extend the lead to 5-3.
Dyson (1-1) earned the win, Tim Sexton (0-3) pitched two innings and took the defeat.
The Zephyrs (34-30) have won 14 of 18 and remain a half game back of first place Nashville.
The Zephyrs have won their last seven series openers and improved to 14-3. The Zephyrs improved to 3-3 in extra-inning games.