Scott Cousins’ two-run homer was the key blow in host New Orleans’ four-run fifth inning Tuesday in the Zephyrs’ 5-2 Pacific Coast League win over the 51s.
Las Vegas (20-19) entered the bottom of the fifth leading 2-1, and the teams combined for one hit after the inning.
New Orleans starter Tom Koehler (4-3) won his fourth straight decision, limiting the 51s to one earned run on five hits and two walks and striking out five in six innings. Sandy Rosario worked a perfect ninth for his PCL-leading 11th save.
Cousins’ third-inning sacrifice fly opened the scoring, and Las Vegas tied it on the first pitch of the fourth, when Travis Snider connected for his fifth home run of the season.
The 51s went up 2-1 in the fifth, when Ruben Gotay hit a one-out single and scored on Anthony Gose’s groundout.
After Cousins’ third homer of the season gave the Zephyrs (21-18) the lead, they tacked on two runs in the fifth on three singles and two walks.
51s starter Scott Richmond (3-3) gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out five.