New Orleans sent 12 batters to the plate during a six-run third inning against Iowa's Jake Buchanan in winning the series opener 9-5 Tuesday at Zephyr Field.

“The guys put together some good a-bats and got the ball rolling,” manager Arnie Beyeler said. “Dee (Gordon) seems to be in the middle of all of our innings when we do stuff.”

First baseman Tomas Telis drove in four runs, getting a two-run single during the uprising and a two-run homer in the fifth. It came after Iowa (44-60) closed to 6-4 on catcher Juan Perez's three-run homer against Z's starter Justin Nicolino (5-4) in the top of the fourth.

The Zephyrs (48-53), who pounded 15 hits, won their second consecutive game after losing five in a row. In Monday's 9-3 win at Oklahoma City, New Orleans sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the first inning.

Tuesday's game was delayed one hour, three minutes by rain.

third inning of Tuesday's game, making him 1-for-2 to that point.

DEE GORDON WATCH

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon hit a run-scoring single in the

ZEPHYRS 9, CUBS 5

New Orleans sent 12 batters to the plate during a six-run third inning against Iowa's Jake Buchanan in winning the series opener Tuesday at Zephyr Field.

“The guys put together some good a-bats and got the ball rolling,” Manager Arnie Beyeler said. “Dee (Gordon) seems to be in the middle of all of our innings when we do stuff.”

First baseman Tomas Telis drove in four runs, getting a two-run single during the uprising and a two-run homer in the fifth. It came after Iowa (44-60) closed to 6-4 on catcher Juan Perez's three-run homer against Z's starter Justin Nicolino (5-4) in the top of the fourth.

The Zephyrs (48-53), who pounded 15 hits, won their second consecutive game after losing five in a row. In Monday's 9-3 win at Oklahoma City, New Orleans sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the first inning.

Tuesday's game was delayed one hour, three minutes by rain.

DEE GORDON WATCH

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run on Tuesday.

Gordon went 0-for-5 in the first two games of his 10-day rehab with the Zephyrs, a double-header vs. Sacramento on July 20. He then hit safely in each of the five games he played entering Tuesday. He was batting .259. However, during the five-game stretch, he hit .318 (7-for-22), including 4-for-10 in the last two at Oklahoma City.

Before coming to the Z's, Gordon spent a month in extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Now, he clearly is getting into his groove against better pitching.

He is eligible to return to Miami on Thursday.

CORPORAN A HIT MAN

Catcher Carlos Corporan had his third multi-hit game in less than a week Tuesday, getting two singles.

That came after he 6-for-11 (.545) in his past three games, vs. Sacramento and two at Oklahoma City. That may not seem like a big deal, because players have little hot streaks. However, Corporan is batting .192 this season and had just four multi-hit games all season before getting two on July 20 vs. Sacramento. That ended a 2-for-38 slump.

He hit a home run in that game, then hit another Sunday at Oklahoma City, his best hitting game (3-for-4) of the season.

“It's more mental that physical,” he said. “I've just tried to focus on swinging at pitches in the strike zone, not chasing bad pitches,” he said. “It felt good getting the two hits (vs. Sacramento). It gave me my confidence back.”

Corporan is considered a good defensive catcher. A decent batting average likely would get him back in the big leagues. To many, that could be a cause for much anxiety, which could result in a worse performance at the plate.

“(Major League teams) know what I can do,” said Corporan, 32, who played in 234 MLB games, mostly with Houston. “I'm a defensive guy who sometimes can hit the ball. That's not a secret. Whoever wants a guy like that, I'll be there.”

EXTRA BASES

Zephyrs pitching coach Storm Davis will miss this series. Davis is at home in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife, who is ailing, Zephyrs manager Arnie Beyeler said. . . . The Zephyrs are 3-6 against Iowa, going 1-3 at Iowa (April 11-14) and 2-3 at home (April 19-23). In the latter series, the Z's won the first two games then lost the final three. … Buchanan, who started Tuesday's game, is the only Iowa starter to get a win since June 27. He won June 27, July 15 and July 20.