The El Paso Chihuahuas scored four runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth but lost to the Iowa Cubs 9-8 Friday.
The Chihuahuas dropped five of eight on the homestand against the visitors from the American Conference North Division; Iowa won three of the four games in the series.
Franchy Cordero went 2-for-4 with his league-leading 11th triple, a solo home run and four RBIs. Cordero has four homers and 11 RBIs in his six games after being optioned from San Diego.
Nick Buss went 1-for-1 with an RBI single and a hit by pitch to extend his league-leading batting average to .373.
The I-Cubs entered play with the third-lowest home run total in the PCL yet struck four homers in the first three innings of Friday’s game. The loss sent El Paso three games back of first place Salt Lake with 36 to play in the 2017 regular season.
All four games of the Iowa series were decided by one run.
Next Game: Saturday, 6:05 pm at Dell Diamond. El Paso LHP Dillon Overton (2-1, 4.50) vs. Round Rock TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Box Score | Team Records: Iowa (48-55), El Paso (52-54)
Iowa 9 El Paso 8 – Friday
WP: Tseng (4-0)
LP: Lee (2-4)
S: Carasiti (18)