Ex­press fall short and Loux loses fifth straight

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton

ROUND ROCK — The Round Rock Ex­press snapped a seven-game los­ing skid Mon­day, so Shane Loux fig­ured he’d fol­low up with a lit­tle dam­age con­trol of his own.

Search­ing for his first win in nearly a month, the for­mer Detroit Tigers sec­ond-round draft choice was in­stead sad­dled with his fifth con­sec­u­tive loss Tues­day af­ter al­low­ing five runs on 10 hits over 61⁄ in

3 nings in a 5-4 loss to Mem­phis at Dell Di­a­mond.

“Seems like ev­ery time I go out right now, I’m pitch­ing well and one or two in­nings are do­ing me in,” said Loux.

In­fielder Ed­win Maysonet, who came off the dis­abled list (ham­string) Tues­day, walked and dou­bled in a run in the sev­enth in his first game since June 14.

In the eighth, Round Rock loaded the bases with no outs. Af­ter Brian Es­pos­ito lined out to left, Wladimir Su­til roped an RBI sin­gle. Collin DeLome’s sac­ri­fice fly pulled the Ex­press to within one, but Maysonet flew out to right.

Round Rock has dropped 24 one-run games this sea­son.

“That fig­ure can be a lit­tle mis­lead­ing” said Ex­press man­ager Marc Bom­bard. “You look at tonight and it seems close, but we were down pretty much from the get-go. Some­times it’s the other way around.”

Five Mem­phis pitch­ers had 13 strike­outs — the most against Round Rock this year.

The Red­birds scratched out the first run af­ter Mike Folli’s sin­gle. P.J. Wal­ters, who fanned nine over six in­nings for his sec­ond win, laid down a sac­ri­fice bunt and Jim Rapoport dou­bled Folli in.

Rapoport ad­vanced on Ruben Go­tay’s in­field sin­gle and made it 2-0 on a slow roller past the pitcher’s mound.

Kevin Howard’s first triple of the year pushed two more Red­birds across in the sixth, widen­ing the lead to 4-1.

Note: Ex­press pitcher Josh Banks was added to the PCL All-Star ros­ter, re­plac­ing out­fielder Brian Bo­gu­se­vic, who will miss the game for a mi­nor sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure.

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