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Storm Chasers stay hot at home with fourth straight victory

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Omaha has seemingly begun to turn things around at Werner Park.

The Storm Chasers, who dropped 17 of their first 22 home games, have won four straight against Oklahoma City, following up Monday’s doubleheader sweep with a 5-3 win Tuesday.

Omaha jumped out to a 1-0 lead three batters into the bottom of the first. Humberto Arteaga doubled off OKC starter Dennis Santana (0-4) to lead off the inning then scored on an RBI double by Lucas Duda.

Duda’s opposite-field drive came on the first pitch of his major league rehabilitation assignment. The Kansas City first baseman, on the injured list since April 26 with a lumbar strain, also walked, singled, scored a run and struck out while serving as Omaha’s designated hitter in his return to the diamond.

He walked ahead of a Cheslor Cuthbert double with two outs in the fifth inning. Jorge Bonifacio then hit a ground ball up the middle that went off the glove of Dodgers second baseman Jake Peter, who was charged with an error on his backhanded attempt at the ball. Duda and Cuthbert scored for the Chasers.

Erick Mejia doubled in two runs in the following inning to push Omaha’s advantage to 5-0.

The Chasers needed the extra runs. Opener Josh Staumont and Zach Lovvorn combined to blank the Dodgers on three hits through seven innings. But Lovvorn walked consecutive batters to begin the eighth. Then Kyle Garlick ripped a two-run double off reliever Jake Newberry before scoring himself.

Kyle Zimmer, who has been serving as opener for Omaha of late, worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to earn his first save of the season. Lovvorn (2-4) picked up the win.

Chasers manager Brian Poldberg and Oklahoma City manager Travis Barbary were ejected from the game, on separate occasions, by home plate umpire Derek Eaton.

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