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.