Dodgers sock trio of fifth-inning home runs to defeat Storm Chasers

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Dodgers blasted three home runs in the fifth inning to take control of a 7-2 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday.

With the game tied 2-2, Storm Chasers starter Christian Binford retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth. Dodgers outfielder O’Koyea Dickson then hit a home run to put Oklahoma City ahead 3-2. Willie Calhoun followed with a triple, and Trayce Thompson and Kyle Farmer hit back-to-back shots to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead.

Binford left after getting the final out of the fifth, giving up six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Kyle Zimmer then made his return from the disabled list for the Chasers, retiring all six batters he faced over two strong innings. Zimmer had been out since April with a shoulder injury.

Both of the Storm Chasers’ runs also came on homers. Ryan O’Hearn opened the scoring with a solo shot in the top of the second for his eighth homer of the season. Jorge Soler added another home run in the fourth — his sixth homer in eight games — to tie the score at 2-2.

The Storm Chasers continue their series at Oklahoma City at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday.