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El Paso Tops Omaha 8-5

The El Paso Chihuahuas trailed by two runs with one out and no baserunners in the ninth inning Tuesday afternoon but came back to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 8-5. Cody Decker and Chris Nelson walked, pinch-hitter Jake Lemmerman was hit by a pitch and Tyler Greene laced a three-run double to put El Paso ahead in the ninth. Jeff Francoeur’s two-run home run gave the Chihuahuas two insurance runs. Jerry Sullivan retired the Storm Chasers in order in the ninth for his first Triple-A save.

Seven of the Chihuahuas ten hits went for extra bases. Jason Lane pitched seven innings and allowed four earned runs in a no-decision. It was the fourth time this season Lane lasted through the seventh inning.

The Chihuahuas won three of the four games in Omaha against the Storm Chasers, a first place team in the American Conference. Four different Chihuahuas (Brooks Conrad, Decker, Francoeur and Adam Moore) homered twice in the series at Werner Park. The Chihuahuas finished their eight-game road swing with a 4-4 record.

The Chihuahuas do not play Wednesday.

Team Records: El Paso (37-43) Omaha (42-36)

Next Game: Thursday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park in El Paso. Tacoma TBA vs. El Paso RHP Donn Roach (0-1, 3.57). Game coverage begins at 7:00 pm on Team 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.

WP: O’Grady (3-1)

LP: Patton (4-2)

S: Sullivan (1)

Time: 2:55

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