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Austin Hedges, Brett Wallace and Abraham Almonte continued their hot hitting Thursday night, leading Triple-A El Paso to a 10-4 win over Reno in a Pacific Coast League game at Southwest University Park.
A day after getting three hits and his first homer of the season, catcher Hedges was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs to raise his batting average to .450.
Third baseman Wallace is 12-for-24 after eight games after going 2-for-3 with two runs. Center fielder Almonte (.393) had two doubles in four at-bats with two RBIs and a stolen base.
Left fielder Jake Goebbert was 2-for-4 with three RBIs Thursday. Shortstop Mike McCoy was also 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Left-hander Robbie Erlin evened his record at 1-1, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings. Righty reliever Stephen Kohlscheen struck out three in two perfect innings of relief as El Paso evened its record at 4-4.
Chihuahuas pitchers struck out 25 Reno hitters the past two nights in two straight wins.
Around the farm
Double-A San Antonio (3-4): Tulsa 4, Missions 1. In the season opener at Tulsa last week, Missions starting right-hander Colin Rea and Drillers southpaw Julio Urias both threw six scoreless innings. They were paired again Thursday in the Missions' home opener, and Rea (0-1, 1.32 ERA) lost, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander Casey Kelly worked a perfect inning in relief. Second baseman Diego Goris was 3-for-4.
Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore (3-5): Rancho Cucamonga 8, Storm 3. Outfielder Kyle Gaedele hit his first homer for the Storm. Third baseman Gabriel Quintana doubled home a run.
Class A Fort Wayne (2-3): TinCaps 7, South Bend 6 (10 innings). Second baseman Felipe Blanco had two doubles in four at-bats and ended the game with a walk-off RBI double. First baseman/third baseman Duanel Jones was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs. Catcher Jose Ruiz, 20, was 3-for-5 with a double to raise his batting average to .438. Lefty reliever Kyle McGrath worked a perfect inning to pick up the win.