NASHVILLE, Tenn. — David Lough had his third straight three-hit game, Chris Dwyer tossed 6 2/3 strong innings and Omaha roughed up top Milwaukee pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg for the second time in a week in an 8-3 win Sunday over Nashville.
The Storm Chasers bounced back from a loss in the opener of the four-game series at Greer Stadium and improved to 10-7 while remaining a half-game behind Memphis in the American Conference North Division.
The Chasers struck for two runs against Thornburg in the second inning, scored two more in the third, then took a 5-0 lead on Lough’s first homer of the season in the fourth.
Irving Falu, mired in a 4-for-42 slump, delivered an RBI hit to score Brett Hayes and Lough came through with a two-out single that scored Chad Tracy to make it 2-0.
Omaha scored again in the third as Anthony Seratelli walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a base hit by Hayes, who at that point was 4 for 4 with six RBIs against the Sounds right-hander — he had a three-run homer and two-run double against him last Sunday at Werner Park.
Tracy followed with a run-scoring double, the first RBI of the season for the PCL’s top run-producer over the last two years.
Lough’s homer is part of a 9-for-13 hot streak over the past three games that has raised his average from .220 to .316.
Thornburg (0-2) gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings, and in losing twice to Omaha has allowed 10 earned runs in 10 innings.
Dwyer pitched six shutout innings before Nashville broke through in the seventh on an RBI double by Caleb Gindl.
Dwyer (3-1) trimmed his ERA to 2.55 while allowing one run on five hits in a third straight quality start. The left-hander hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts this season.
Lough, Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella supplied successive run-scoring hits in the eighth to break the game open and help the Chasers post a season-best 15 hits.
The series continues Monday night with Omaha’s Everett Teaford (1-0, 3.86 ERA) facing Omaha native Zach Kroenke (0-1, 10.29).
Omaha’s previously scheduled starter, Will Smith, was promoted to Kansas City on Sunday. Justin Marks, who had been projected to be part of the Omaha rotation before starting the season on the disabled list, was instead assigned to Class AA Northwest Arkansas and made his season debut Saturday.