FILE: Franchy Cordero led off Monday’s game with a solo home run, El Paso’s first leadoff home run since Cordero did it on August 11 vs. Las Vegas.
The El Paso Chihuahuas clinched a series win over the Salt Lake Bees with an 8-5 victory at Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday night.
El Paso has won both series at Salt Lake this year and has a 38-18 all-time record versus the Bees.
The Chihuahuas put together a nine-batter, five-run rally in the second inning, including back-to-back, two-out, two-run hits by Jose Pirela and Rafael Ortega.
El Paso hit three home runs in the win, including back-to-back shots by Franchy Cordero and Pirela, the club’s second set of back-to-back homers this season. The Chihuahuas have hit 10 longballs in the last four games.
Walker Lockett surrendered three earned runs in 5.2 innings and has allowed only four earned runs in his last 17.2 innings. Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing a close play at home plate. The Bees have left 30 runners on base in the last two games combined.
The Bees had a hit and three walks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, but Phil Maton came in and struck out Kaleb Cowart to leave the tying run on base and pick up a one-out save.
Next Game: Friday, 6:35 pm at Smith’s Ballpark. El Paso RHP Matt Magill (2-3, 4.17) vs. Salt Lake TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (23-25), Salt Lake (25-23)
El Paso 8 Salt Lake 5 – Thursday
WP: Lockett (5-2)
LP: Scribner (5-1)
S: Maton (8)