The El Paso Chihuahuas scored four runs in the ninth inning to break a late tie and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 5-1 Sunday at Cheney Stadium. It was El Paso’s sixth win in its last seven games and 10th victory in its last 14 tries.
The Chihuahuas have a .500 record for the first time since July 26.
Chris Huffman didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and surrendered only one run in six innings, posting his best start of the year for El Paso. Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Franchy Cordero and Diego Goris had two hits each for the Chihuahuas. Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a double and now has at least one hit and at least one RBI in his three games since being activated from the DL.
El Paso pitching has allowed only 10 runs in the last six games.
The Chihuahuas are now a half game out of first place, with first place Salt Lake playing Sunday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.
Next Game: Monday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Kyle Lloyd (1-3, 6.22) vs. Tacoma RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 7.21). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (64-64), Tacoma (62-66)
El Paso 5 Tacoma 1 – Sunday
WP: Cimber (3-1)
LP: Garton (0-2)