The top team in the Pacific Coast League jumped on Omaha early Friday.
El Paso chased Storm Chasers starter Arnaldo Hernandez (1-3) during a five-run second inning while extending its winning streak to six games with a 6-2 victory at Werner Park.
The Chihuahuas (40-21), division champions in each of the last four seasons, improved to 24-8 on the road and denied Omaha (30-32), which had won three straight, a chance to even its overall record.
And the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A team did it without prospects Luis Urias and Francisco Mejia in their lineup.
Aderlin Rodriguez and Michael Gettys opened the decisive second with back-to-back doubles off Hernandez. Matthew Batten and Webster Rivas singled behind them, and Peter Van Gansen walked.
Hernandez struck out the next two batters, but he couldn’t himself get out of the jam. Ty France, who had just been sent down by San Diego, laced a bases-clearing double down the left-field line to put El Paso up 5-0.
The Chihuahuas tacked on a home run by Rivas in the third.
The Chasers got their runs on solo homers by Jecksson Flores and Elier Hernandez, but didn’t have a batter reach after the fifth. Winner Dillon Overton (2-2) and two relievers retired the last 13 in order.
El Paso and Omaha continue their series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Werner Park.
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Omaha Storm Chasers' pitching coach Andy Hawkins throws pitches during batting practice in his Omaha Potholes jersey. The Omaha Storm Chasers played the Memphis Redbirds at Werner Park.
Players for the Omaha Storm Chasers chat in the outfield during batting practice while wearing their Omaha Potholes jerseys.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Erick Mejia fields balls in his Omaha Potholes jersey during batting practice.
Omaha Storm Chasers' pitching coach Andy Hawkins watches batting practice in his Omaha Potholes jersey.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Elier Hernandez walks to the dugout in his Omaha Potholes jersey after finishing with batting practice.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Cheslor Cuthbert walks back to the dugout at the end of the second inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' catcher Nick Dini catches a pop fly for an out in the first inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Erick Mejia connects for a single that drives in a run in the ninth inning.
The Omaha Storm Chasers sold Omaha Potholes T-shirts. The team played as the Omaha Potholes and took batting practice in Omaha Pothole jerseys.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Nicky Lopez, top, tags out Memphis Redbirds' Johan Mieses as he attempts to steal second base in the third inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Zach Lovvorn throws a pitch in the first inning.
Omaha Storm Chasers' Kelvin Gutierrez, right, steals second base as Memphis Redbirds' Max Schrock is late with the tag in the third inning.
Heidi Foland and her dog, Breesy, attend the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game. Foland sported her Omaha Potholes shirt during the game. The team played one night as the Omaha Potholes. Foland's dog is named after NFL quarterback Drew Brees.
Kayla Thege, left, and Mark Batt hangout with their dog, Maia, during the Storm Chasers baseball game.