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Omaha Storm Chasers appear to be on the rise as they defeat El Paso 5-3

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El Paso has been the best team in the Pacific Coast League so far this season.

Omaha, considering the way it played against the Chihuahuas, appears to be one on the rise.

The Storm Chasers used a four-run sixth inning to get past El Paso 5-3 Monday. The victory was Omaha’s second in three days against the league leaders. The teams split their lone four-game series of the year.

The Chihuahuas (41-23) did all of their scoring on solo home runs, two of which came from Jose Pirela.

The Chasers (32-33) trailed 2-1 entering the decisive sixth, then had seven straight batters reach base. Xavier Fernandez, Elier Hernandez, Samir Duenez and Jecksson Flores recorded consecutive RBI singles.

Omaha starter Scott Blewett surrendered homers to Ty France and Pirela in the first and third innings, respectively, but pitched into the seventh while evening his record at 5-5 for the season.

Tim Hill earned the save by striking out pinch-hitter Aderlin Rodriguez and getting Boog Powell to line out with a runner on in the ninth. Duenez made a diving catch on Powell’s line drive to first to end the game.

The Chasers remained three games behind Iowa in the PCL’s American Northern Division with the win.

El Paso’s lead in the Pacific Southern Division is the largest in the league.

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