The El Paso Chihuahuas hit two early home runs and beat the Tacoma Rainiers 3-1 Tuesday in Game 1 of a four-game series.
Rafael Ortega began the bottom of the first with a home run to right field, his fourth longball of the season and second that came to lead off a first inning for El Paso.
Dusty Coleman’s sacrifice fly in the second gave El Paso its second run and Christian Villanueva started the fourth inning with a homer, his seventh of the year, with all of them coming in his last 28 games.
Andre Rienzo allowed only one run in his six-inning start. Former Rainiers Carter Capps and Logan Bawcom pitched scoreless innings against their former club. Keith Hessler and Adam Cimber combined on a scoreless ninth, with Cimber picking up his first Triple-A save.
The quick-paced contest was El Paso’s shortest game by time this year.
Next Game: Wednesday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Chase De Jong (0-3, 5.18) vs. El Paso RHP Bryan Rodriguez (1-4, 4.94).
The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Tacoma (35-28), El Paso (31-34)
El Paso 3 Tacoma 1 – Tuesday
WP: Rienzo (3-0)
LP: Whalen (0-4)
S: Cimber (1)