The El Paso Chihuahuas snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the sixth inning and went on to edge the Salt Lake Bees 5-4 on Saturday night.
Ramon Flores belted a three run homer in the fifth inning to forge the tie, but Christian Villanueva led off the sixth inning with a single off of Salt Lake starter Troy Scribner, who then walked Ryan Schimpf. Jabari Blash followed with a double off of the wall in centerfield to bring home both runners. The Bees had runners at second and third with one out in the ninth with one run scoring on a ground out by Kaleb Cowart, but the tying run was stranded at third when Jefry Marte grounded out to end the game.
Scribner (9-3) took the loss, as he went five innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Brooks Pounders, Jason Gurka and Justin Miller combined to throw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Flores, with two hits and three runs batted in, extended his hitting streak to seventeen games, while Shane Robinson added three hits, including a double, to stretch his hitting streak to ten games. Rey Navarro chipped in with three hits and two runs scored and Cesar Puello went 2 for 3. With the loss and Albuquerque's 4-1 win over Las Vegas, the Bees' lead over the Isotopes in the Pacific Southern Division shrinks to four and one-half games, while the Chihuahuas pull to within six games with one game on Sunday before heading into the three day All Star Break.
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