Las Vegas catcher Travis d’Arnaud launched his second home run of the series in the third inning before an onslaught of middle-inning runs gave the 51s at 7-1 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks in a Pacific Coast League baseball game on Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in front of 10,049 fans.
Following d’Arnaud’s two-run homer, his fourth of the year, Las Vegas (40-29) scored once in the fourth and three times in the fifth.
First baseman Brandon Allen drove in the fourth-inning run with a sacrifice fly, and the 51s strung together three hits and two walks to plate three runs in the fifth. The inning’s big knock came on designated hitter Allan Dykstra’s RBI triple to right field.
The RedHawks’ (37-33) lone run came on a right fielder Domingo Santana’s solo homer in the first inning. The homer was his 11th of the year.
Taking over with one out in the first, Las Vegas reliever Darin Gorski worked his way through 62/3 innings of one-run ball to earn his first victory of the season. He allowed six hits, walked four and struck out two.
RedHawks starter Michael Foltynewicz struggled through 42/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked three while dropping to 5-4.
With the weekend series tied 1-1, the RedHawks and 51s continue their four-game series Sunday night at 6:05. Jake Buchanan (5-4, 3.38 ERA) is slated to start for Oklahoma City.