OMAHA, Neb. - Jeffrey Leonard's 3-run first-inning homer put the Omaha Royals ahead, and they held on for a 5-4 win over the Oklahoma City 89ers Saturday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Leonard's home run, which followed singles by Nelson Liriano and Russ Morman, came off 89er starter and losing pitcher Dan Smith (4-11).
The 89ers scored twice in the fourth off Royal starter Mark Davis, a former National League Cy Young Award winner, who was making a rehabilitation start. Billy Moore's single, the second of the inning, chased Davis, and former University of Oklahoma pitcher Dera Clark relieved.
Clark surrendered a single to Paul Postier and a sacrifice fly to Jose Hernandez, but the Royals stretched their lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning.
Former Kansas City Royal Steve Balboni's seventh homer for the 89ers cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth, but Omaha responded with a single run in the bottom of the inning.
Balboni's sacrifice fly in the seventh pulled Oklahoma City within 5-4.
The 89ers' Billy Moore coaxed a leadoff walk in the eighth, and was sacrificed to second by Postier. Nick Capra singled with two outs, but Moore was thrown out at home. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 471751