A seven-run second inning carried the Tacoma Rainiers to a 9-6 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Monday night at Cheney Stadium.
It broke El Paso’s three-game win streak and dropped the Chihuahuas into second place, one game behind Salt Lake in the Southern Division.
Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-5 with an RBI in his first Triple-A game of 2017, falling a home run shy of a cycle. Christian Villanueva went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and three total RBIs.
Eric Yardley entered the second inning unexpectedly after fellow reliever Jason Jester was hit in the leg with a line drive and Yardley went on to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings.
Christian Bethancourt tossed the sixth and seventh innings in his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance.
The Chihuahuas took the first lead of Monday’s game, the fifth consecutive contest El Paso scored the first run of the game. Chase d’Arnaud hit a single in the first inning Monday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Next Game: Tuesday, 8:05 pm at Cheney Stadium. El Paso RHP Jordan Lyles (0-1, 6.75) vs. Tacoma RHP Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 3.70). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (64-65), Tacoma (63-66)
Tacoma 9 El Paso 6 – Monday
WP: Aro (6-0)
LP: Lloyd (1-4)