The Tacoma Rainiers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a late scoreless tie and then beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 2-1.
Tacoma’s runs came on a solo home run by Patrick Kivlehan and a two-out, two-strike RBI double by former Chihuahua Daniel Robertson.
The Rainiers’ insurance run proved valuable when the Chihuahuas scored once in the top of the ninth on Austin Hedges’ sacrifice fly.
Frank Garces hadn’t allowed any runs in seven innings before surrendering two in the eighth in the loss. Tacoma starter Sam Gaviglio tossed 7.2 shutout innings in a no-decision for Tacoma.
The Rainiers took three of the five games, handing El Paso its second consecutive series loss, the first time the Chihuahuas have suffered back-to-back series losses since the first road trip of the season.
Neither team had a runner reach third base in the first seven innings of Friday’s pitchers’ duel and neither side issued a walk until the eighth. Friday’s time of game was quicker than both of Thursday’s seven-inning doubleheader games.
Gameday Box Score: http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_07_29_elpaaa_tacaaa_1&mode=gameday
Team Records: El Paso (60-47), Tacoma (62-44)
Next Game: Saturday at 8:05 pm vs. Las Vegas at Cashman Field. El Paso RHP Aaron Northcraft (4-1, 4.73) vs. Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (0-0, 2.57). Game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com.
Tacoma 2 El Paso 1 – Friday
WP: Furbush (1-0)
LP: Garces (4-5)
S: Parker (19)