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Video+Story: Chihuahuas Top Tacoma 3-1 Tuesday Night

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)

Time: 2:16

Attn: 6,845

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