Grand Junction hung around, but the burgundy and gray birds eventually pulled away.

The Chukars (9-5) beat the Rockies Thursday at Melaleuca Field, 10-6, following a four-run outing in the bottom of the fifth. Idaho Falls holds a 2-1 series lead heading into Friday’s series cap. First pitch is 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Thursday, the Chukars’ offense came alive, scoring 10 runs in the first six frames.

After taking a 10-2 leads heading into the fifth, the Rockies (6-8) scored four runs across the final four innings to claw back into game three of the four-game series.

But the Chukars’ closer Jaret Hellinger closed the door on the Rockies, pitching a clean ninth inning. CJ Eldred (2-0) got the win on the mound, lasting six innings and striking out four. He gave up six hits, three runs (all earned), one walk and one home run.

Second baseman Tyler James led the way offensively for Idaho Falls, finishing 3 for 5 at the plate. Along with James, four other Chukars batted in multiple hits Thursday, including Reed Rohlman, Nate Eaton, Jose Caraballo and Kyle Isbel. All four finished with two hits, as Isbel had two doubles.

The Chukars knocked in seven extra base hits, including three triples during the win.

Caraballo, who was once batting .111, has a hitting streak of eight.

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