DeLome’s slam puts Ex­press back in game, but Ze­phyrs pull away

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Avery Holton

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.

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