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Manuel Margot went 3-for-6 with two RBI in Friday night's win

Southwest Slugfest! Tacoma holds off Chihuahuas Comeback 16 to 15

The Tacoma Rainiers held off El Paso’s second late comeback attempt Thursday and beat the Chihuahuas 16-15 in a chaotic game at Southwest University Park.

The Chihuahuas have lost four consecutive games for the first time since April 10-14, with the last three losses of that streak also coming against Tacoma.

Trailing 10-4 at the seventh inning stretch, the Chihuahuas pounded eight hits in a ten-batter span and scored six times to tie the game. The Rainiers immediately countered with six runs of their own to go ahead 16-10, before El Paso brought in three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth at the end of the one-run loss.

Manuel Margot went 5-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs, his first five-hit game and first multi-home run game at the Triple-A level. Margot had two extra-base hits while he was a triple shy of the cycle, doubling in the seventh inning and cranking his second homer in the ninth.

Hector Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and Nick Torres went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the loss. Hunter Renfroe and Diego Goris had three hits each and joined Margot as players who fell a triple shy of a cycle Thursday. The Chihuahuas led off the first three innings with home runs.

El Paso entered the game with a dependable .981 fielding percentage, good for fifth-best in the league, but made three errors Thursday leading to eight unearned runs.

Gameday Box Score: http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_08_04_tacaaa_elpaaa_1&mode=gameday

Team Records: Tacoma (66-46), El Paso (62-51)

Next Game: Friday at 7:05 pm vs. Tacoma at Southwest University Park. Tacoma RHP Jarrett Grube (1-2, 3.83) vs. El Paso RHP Carlos Pimentel (5-1, 4.70). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com

Tacoma 16 El Paso 15 – Thursday

WP: Rollins (4-0)

LP: Jester (0-2)

S: None

Time: 3:14

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