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51s drop series finale to Round Rock; top prospect Zack Wheeler scheduled to start Saturday

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Steve Marcus

Pitcher Zack Wheeler talks with a coach during Las Vegas 51s practice at Cashman Field Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The 51s open the season Thursday against the RiverCats at Sacramento. This is the first year the 51s are affiliated with the Mets.

The Las Vegas 51s surrendered 20 hits Friday in a 12-6 loss to visiting Round Rock at Cashman Field in the final game of a four-game Pacific Coast League series.

Eric Campbell went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Las Vegas, which also received two hits from Zach Lutz and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Las Vegas scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 advantage, but Round Rock scored six runs over the next three innings to take the lead for good. Round Rock put the game away in the ninth inning with four runs — all scoring before Las Vegas recorded an out.

Lutz had a run-scoring double and Campbell plated a pair of runs with a single in the 51s’ four-run third inning.

Las Vegas and Round Rock split the series, winning two games each. Saturday, the 51s open a series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Top-prospect Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start Saturday for the 51s, looking to build on a pair of solid starts last week. He went 2-0 at Reno and Sacramento, combing to pitch 12 and 2/3 innings with 12 strikeouts and a 0.69 earned run average.

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