Power and pitching led the Aviators on Sunday as they completed their three-game Pacific Coast League sweep of the El Paso Chihuahuas.
The Aviators (62-45) socked five home runs, including a pair by Seth Brown, and right-hander Paul Blackburn pitched seven scoreless innings in a 10-1 victory that pulled them to within one game of first-place El Paso in the Pacific Southern Division.
Jorge Mateo’s homer in the first and two by Brown, No. 26 in the third and No.27 in the fifth, produced a 3-0 lead before the Aviators pulled away with a four-run sixth.
Sean Murphy had a solo homer, Mateo an RBI double and Stephen Piscotty (rehab assignment, right knee) a two-run homer in the critical sixth inning.
Blackburn (8-3) allowed seven hits, fanned five and did not walk a batter. Lefty Kyle Lobstein pitched the final two innings, allowing Austin Allen’s homer in the ninth.
The meeting was the sixth straight between the two teams. El Paso (63-44) won two of three at Las Vegas Ballpark before the Aviators’ road sweep.