El Paso, TX — The Las Vegas 51s won their fifth straight game Friday, defeating the El Paso Chihuahuas 10-2 at Southwest University Park. The 51s have beaten the Chihuahuas five times in six tries this season and have a 30-11 record, the best in Triple-A baseball.
Las Vegas leadoff hitter Matt den Dekker hit the second pitch of the game over the center field batter’s eye to give the 51s a 1-0 lead. El Paso came back with two runs in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jeff Francoeur and a sacrifice fly by Adam Moore, who also had a hit in the game, extending his hitting streak to ten games, the longest for the Chihuahuas this season.
Las Vegas sent eight batters to the plate in a three-run third inning against Chihuahuas starter Matt Wisler. The 51s added a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to go ahead 7-2. The final three tallies came on Andrew Brown’s home run off Francoeur, the first runs the outfielder allowed in five pitching appearances.
Despite back-to-back losses, the Chihuahuas have won nine of their last 14 games.
Team Records: El Paso (18-23) Las Vegas (30-11)
Next Game: Saturday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park – Las Vegas LHP Dana Eveland (2-1, 4.34) vs. El Paso LHP Juan Oramas (3-1, 4.30). Game coverage begins at 7:00 pm on Team 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com .