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FILE: Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth, El Paso scored five times on an RBI double by Rafael Ortega and a grand slam by Jose Pirela.

51s Swoop in for the Win, Down Chihuahuas 7-5

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz threw five perfect innings on an MLB rehab assignment in the Las Vegas 51s’ 7-5 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Sunday. The two teams have split the first two games of the series.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth, El Paso scored five times on an RBI double by Rafael Ortega and a grand slam by Jose Pirela. It was Pirela’s career-high 11th home run of the season and El Paso’s first grand slam since Hector Sanchez hit one in Tacoma on July 28, 2016.

Las Vegas brought in three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and went ahead in the eighth with two RBI hits.

With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the ninth, the Chihuahuas got back-to-back walks and a single to load the bases, but Hansel Robles struck out Carlos Asuaje to end the game.

Kyle Lloyd did not factor in the decision in his Triple-A debut Sunday, pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs for El Paso. The Chihuahuas are 4-2 versus the 51s this year.

Next Game: Monday, 8:05 pm at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-3, 4.54) vs. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (2-5, 4.92). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

Box Score  |  Team Records: El Paso (24-27), Las Vegas (20-31)

Las Vegas 7 El Paso 5 – Sunday

WP: Bradford (1-0)

LP: Fisher (0-3)

S: Robles (1)

Time: 2:48

Attn: 3,004

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