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Former first-round pick Foster Griffin sharp as Chasers thump Iowa Cubs to end skid

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Foster Griffin and Michael Ynoa combined on a four-hitter to lead the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 6-2 win over Iowa on Friday night at Werner Park.

Griffin, a first-round draft pick in 2014 by the Kansas City Royals, worked a season-high seven innings as he allowed two runs and three hits while striking out nine. Griffin, who improved to 5-1, has allowed three or fewer earned runs in all nine of his starts for the Chasers this season.

Griffin surrendered solo homers in the first two innings, but the Chasers took the lead for good in the third. Bubba Starling had a run-scoring single to tie it, and two batters later Jecksson Flores’ double to center made it 3-2.

Omaha outhit Iowa 16-4 as seven Chaser starters had multihit games. Erick Mejia went 3 for 5 with three runs scored, raising his average to .311. Cheslor Cuthbert has seven multihit games in the last 12 games.

Omaha, which snapped a four-game losing streak, begins a home series against Oklahoma City at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

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