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Brett Rooker rounds the bases after his 3 run walkoff homer. | Photo courtesy EP Chihuahuas

Walkoff Win! Chihuahuas sink River Cats 9-6

Brent Rooker’s three-run game-ending home run gave the El Paso Chihuahuas a 9-6 win over the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night.

It was El Paso’s second walk-off homer and third walk-off win of the season.

The ‘Dogs hit five home runs, including three after the seventh inning. El Paso first baseman Aderlin Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double. Rodriguez’ nine home runs and 35 RBIs this year lead the team.

Third baseman Matthew Batten went 1-for-4 with a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Sun City designated hitter Shogo Akiyama went 2-for-4 with his first home run with El Paso. El Paso catcher Brett Sullivan threw out a Sacramento runner trying to steal Saturday, giving the Chihuahuas a league-leading 15 runners caught stealing this year.

The ‘Dogs have won three of the five games in the series and will try to clinch their third consecutive series win Sunday.

El Paso 9 Sacramento 6 – Saturday   |   Box Score   |   Team Records: Sacramento (17-18), El Paso (20-15)

WP: Bergen (2-0)  |  LP: Ruotolo (1-1)  |  S: None  |  Time: 3:03  |  Attn: 8,742

Next Game: Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Mountain Time at Southwest University Park. Sacramento LHP Michael Plassmeyer (0-4, 5.58) vs. El Paso TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and online.

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