DeLome’s slam puts Express back in game, but Zephyrs pull away
ROUND ROCK — He’d belted each of the last three Express homers, so it figured that Collin DeLome got his chance at four with the bases loaded in the fourth inning Monday.
DeLome came through, lifting a 375-foot shot over the Dell Diamond’s right field wall as Round Rock erased an early five-run deficit before dropping its fourth straight with an 10-5 loss to New Orleans.
DeLome, a 2007 Lamar University grad who led Double-A Corpus Christi with 20 homers last year, went 3 for 5 and reached on an error and Brian Bogusevic added a trio of hits for the Express.
“My swing felt pretty good tonight,” said DeLome after his first three-hit night in Triple-A. “I hit (Zephyrs starter Brian Lawrence) pretty hard my first at-bat, so I felt good in that second one and helped us get back in the game for a little bit.”
Round Rock loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth and eighth innings, but Matt Kata struck out and grounded out to end each threat.
Express right-hander Josh Banks previously won six straight decisions at home before giving up six runs on 10 hits, three walks and a strikeout before over 42⁄ innings Monday.
Down by five to start the bottom of the fourth, Round Rock began chipping away at Lawrence. Kata singled and Andrew Locke roped his 25th double to left before Edwin Bellorin made it 5-1 with a single to shallow right.
Wladimir Sutil drew a twoout walk to load the bases and DeLome worked the count to 2-2 before poking a high slider deep into the wind.
The homer — the fourth in four days for DeLome — leveled the game for exactly three outs.
Banks walked Hector Luna to start the fifth and picked up two outs before a wild pitch let Luna in. New Orleans tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the seventh inning, and Brad Davis crushed a two-run homer deep to left field off Jonah Bayliss in the ninth.
Pitchers Wesley Wright and Gary Majewski were promoted to Houston on Sunday, making room for infielder Luis Maza and righthanded pitcher T.J. Burton, who were removed from the temporary inactive list for Monday’s game. Maza, 30, is batting .276 with four RBI in 13 games with the Express. Burton, 26, is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA in 16 appearances.