Manny Ramirez homered for the second time in three days — and it might have been the least impressive of the six homers slugged by Round Rock.
Yangervis Solarte, Chris McGuiness, Aaron Cunningham, Jim Adduci and Mike Olt also homered for the Express, who scored nine of their runs on homers and clubbed the Omaha Storm Chasers 10-3 Sunday in front of 5,030 at Werner Park.
“A lot of that comes from not getting ahead in the count,” Omaha manager Mike Jirschele said. “They got comfortable because they got up in the count and took advantage of it. And we didn't make pitches when we were behind in the count.”
The six homers — most of them no-doubt blasts and all of them on the left-field side of center, riding the wind — were season highs for the Express offense and against the Chasers pitching staff. The previous high for each had been four.
Omaha reached the three-day All-Star break at 44-53 but is still 3 1/2 games out of first place in the PCL's American Conference North, where all four teams are below .500.
Ramirez lined a two-run, fifth-inning homer off reliever Will Smith just over the wall in straightaway left field to give the Express a 5-1 lead.
The 41-year-old Ramirez went 2 for 5 and finished the series 7 for 21 — he also flied to the warning track in center field three times during the series.
Ramirez struck out his final two times up Sunday, caught looking at a slider by Maikel Cleto and then swinging on a Donnie Joseph slider.
In eight games since signing a minor league contract and joining Texas' Class AAA team, the 12-time All-Star is 9 for 30 (.300) with three homers and six RBIs.
McGuiness also added an RBI double in the seventh, capping a three-run inning that included Cunningham's homer.
Adduci homered to lead off the eighth and Olt to lead off the ninth.
Former big league All-Star Evan Meek (4-4) pitched seven innings for the victory, allowing one run on three hits while walking three and striking out three.
“He mixed it up well, threw a cutter that was very effective coming in on lefties and away to righties, and he located the ball well,” Jirschele said. “We didn't get many good swings against him.”
Omaha starter Chris Dwyer (6-8), limited to 60 pitches since he is scheduled to appear in Wednesday's Class AAA All-Star Game, took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in four innings, walking two and striking out one.
The left-hander gave up a two-run homer to Solarte in the first inning and a solo shot to McGuiness in the fourth.
Against Ramirez, the 25-year-old Boston-area product got a popup in the first inning before giving up a single in the third inning.
“I liked him (as a kid),” Dwyer said. “I liked (David) Ortiz, I liked all those guys. They were all good.”
Storm tracking: Omaha pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose turn in the rotation was skipped Friday so he could pitch in Sunday’s Futures Game, threw one pitch in that game, recording an out. … When the Royals activated Wade Davis from the paternity list, they kept recently promoted reliever Everett Teaford and designated reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment. … Chris Getz had three of Omaha’s five hits, is batting .313 in 14 games and is hitting .370 (17 for 46) over his last 10 games. ... Joseph returned from the majors, where he was replaced by Teaford.