Dyk­stra earns sec­ond vic­tory

Pro­far con­trib­utes two-run homer in rout of Sky Sox.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports

— James Dyk­stra had his best start of the year and Jurick­son Pro­far hit a tworun homer to lead the Round Rock Ex­press over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-1 on Mon­day night.

Dyk­stra (2-6) low­ered his ERA to 7.11. He al­lowed just one run, five hits and one walk over six in­nings, strik­ing out four.

Colorado Springs (6844) leads the Pa­cific Coast League’s Amer­i­can North­ern Divi­sion. The Ex­press (54-61) are third in the Amer­i­can Southern Divi­sion but are 6-2 against the Sky Sox.

Colorado Springs scored first as Nick Noo­nan sin­gled to start the sec­ond in­ning, Tyler Heine­man moved him to sec­ond with a sac­ri­fice bunt, and Kirk Nieuwen­huis sin­gled him home.

Round Rock took the lead for good with three runs in the third in­ning. Kevin Tor­res hit a solo home run on the first pitch he saw af­ter be­ing pro­moted to Triple-A. Pete Kozma then sin­gled, and Pro­far added the sec­ond home run of the in­ning.

The Ex­press added two runs in the fourth on RBI dou­bles by Travis Snider and Jared Hoy­ing.

Round Rock pulled away with four runs in the sev­enth thanks to run-scor­ing sin­gles by Will Mid­dle­brooks and Tyler Smith and a cou­ple of er­rors.

Colorado Springs’ Michael Blazek (2-4) worked five in­nings, al­low­ing five runs and nine hits while strik­ing out one in the Pa­cific Coast League game.

JAMIE HARMS / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Jurick­son Pro­far’s homer put the Ex­press ahead for good.

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