METAIRIE, La. — Omaha rallied. New Orleans finished.
The Storm Chasers overcame a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning Friday, but the Zephyrs responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to open the PCL series with a 6-5 victory.
Gorkys Hernandez delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put New Orleans on top for good.
The Storm Chasers (23-23) fell two games behind Memphis in the American Conference North Division.
Zephyrs starter Jacob Turner retired nine Storm Chasers in a row before walking Chad Tracy and Adam Moore in the fifth inning. Turner's wild pitch advanced the runners, and Willy Taveras delivered an RBI groundout before Paulo Orlando's RBI double to cut the lead to 4-2.
With runners at first and second in the sixth, the Chasers recorded two outs before Tracy's single brought Omaha within one. Johnny Giavotella tried to tie the game but was thrown out at the plate.
Turner allowed six hits, walked two and fanned four over six innings. His replacement, Jordan Smith, didn't make it out of the seventh inning.
Smith walked Taveras and allowed a single to Orlando. Christian Colon then pushed Omaha ahead 5-4 with a two-out, two-run single.
The lead held through the seventh, but Omaha reliever Michael Mariot, working on back-to-back days for the first time since early April, couldn't hold the Zephyrs in the eighth.
With one on, the right-hander walked the first batter he faced before Hernandez delivered the decisive blow.
Hernandez then stole second base and scored on a two-out double by Kevin Kouzmanoff, the former Storm Chasers third baseman playing in just his fifth game of the season after being sidelined by a back injury.
Ryan Verdugo went 623 innings to start for the Chasers, allowing four runs — three earned — on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.