The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by two runs with one out in the ninth inning Monday but came back to beat first place Las Vegas 6-5. Hector Gomez laced a three-run triple in the ninth inning to put the Chihuahuas ahead.
Closer Jon Edwards left the tying run on at second base to secure his league-leading 23rd save of the season.
The two teams swapped runs all game in a close contest that included five lead changes. Gomez went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs, falling a single shy of the Chihuahuas’ first cycle.
Ramiro Pena went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the seventh inning, which at the time broke a 2-2 tie. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo homer, his fifth longball in only 13 Triple-A games.
The Chihuahuas have won three of their last four games. El Paso now sits in second place, a half-game out of first with eight games to play including three against Las Vegas.
Team Records: El Paso (73-63), Las Vegas (74-63)
Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. El Paso LHP Jason Lane (10-9, 5.71) vs. Las Vegas RHP Logan Verrett (4-2, 3.57). Game coverage begins at 7:55 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 6 Las Vegas 5 – Monday
WP: Mateo (3-0)
LP: Church (6-3)
S: Edwards (23)
Author: EP Chihuahuas