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Chasers’ winning streak now at 6

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SALT LAKE CITY — Pedro Ciriaco drove in two runs and Ben Broussard had three hits to lead Omaha to a 6-3 win Sunday at Salt Lake, extending the Storm Chasers' winning streak to six games.

Omaha has won 10 of 11 and, counting the completion of a suspended game, is 15-4 since the All-Star break and 24-10 since June 29.

The Chasers (59-57) scored in the first inning after a two-out single by Brian Fletcher, who moved to second base after Broussard walked, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielding error by shortstop Andrew Romine on a Ciriaco grounder.

Christian Colon and Fletcher drew one-out walks in the third in front of Broussard, who singled to drive in Colon to make it 2-0. Later, Paulo Orlando drew a bases-loaded walk that brought Broussard home to push the lead to 3-0.

The Bees scored in the bottom of the inning on an RBI hit by Grant Green, but Omaha starter Yordano Ventura struck out Efren Navarro and got Roberto Lopez to ground out to end the inning. Salt Lake stranded 12 runners overall.

The Chasers quickly restored a three-run lead when Gorkys Hernandez led off the fourth with a triple and scored on an Irving Falu sacrifice fly. Ciriaco added a two-run double later in the inning to make it 6-1.

Ventura reached his pitch count and was removed after allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out six in four innings.

Brian Sanches (9-2) surrendered a run-scoring hit to Lopez in the fifth that trimmed the margin to 6-2. But he avoided further damage in that inning, and was charged with an eighth-inning run that made it 6-3.

Donnie Joseph got the final two outs in the eighth and then pitched the ninth to pick up his sixth save as Omaha won its eighth straight road game.

The Chasers lost two players to Kansas City on Sunday, as reliever Will Smith and catcher Brett Hayes were called up. They replace pitcher Wade Davis (family medical emergency list) and catcher Salvador Perez (seven-day concussion list) on the Royals' active roster.

Omaha activated infielder Chase Lambin (calf) from the disabled list.

The Chasers continue to play without injured middle-of-the-order infielders Johnny Giavotella and Anthony Seratelli.

The series continues Monday night, with Omaha left-hander Chris Dwyer (8-8, 3.29 ERA) facing former Omaha right-hander Billy Buckner (6-2, 4.26) in the 8:05 p.m. game.

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