The El Paso Chihuahuas scored seven late unanswered runs to come back and beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-4 Friday night. The win gives the Chihuahuas a magic number of six and puts El Paso in first place by 5.5 games with 10 regular season games remaining.
The Chihuahuas were trailing 4-3 with the bases full of Isotopes in the bottom of the sixth inning when new reliever Phil Maton came in and struck out back-to-back hitters to keep the deficit at one.
A half-inning later, El Paso rallied for four runs on five hits, while also benefiting by two Isotopes’ errors, to take a 7-4 lead. Three more runs in the eighth added to El Paso’s advantage.
Manuel Margot went 3-for-6 with two RBIs atop El Paso’s lineup, while Austin Hedges went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and his 19th home run of the season. The Chihuahuas scored 10 runs on 18 hits after going five straight games without double-digit hit total.
El Paso’s bullpen pitched 3.2 scoreless innings Friday and has now allowed only three runs in its last 25.2 innings.
Team Records: El Paso (70-63), Albuquerque (64-68)
Next Game: Saturday at 7:05 pm vs. Albuquerque at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, -.–) vs. Albuquerque RHP Matt Flemer (5-3, 4.10). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
El Paso 10 Albuquerque 4 – Friday
WP: Maton (1-0)
LP: Moll (2-5)