• Box Score: Omaha 5, Iowa 2
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DES MOINES — Omaha stretched its winning streak to eight games, its best since winning nine straight early last season, and increased its lead in the PCL's American Conference North to 13 games Wednesday by completing a three-game sweep of Iowa with a 5-2 victory.
Irving Falu, who has never hit more than five homers in a season, hit his third of the week and fourth of 2012 in the third inning, giving the Storm Chasers a 1-0 lead.
Falu, the reigning Pacific Coast League batter of the week, extended his Omaha hitting streak to 16 games, dating to April 23. Since returning from the major leagues on June 2, Falu has hit .462 (18 for 39) with 12 RBIs in 11 games to raise his average to .360.
He drove in Omaha's final run with a ninth-inning single, completing the scoring before a Principal Park crowd of 7,791.
After Iowa tied the game on Blake Lalli's fifth-inning homer, Omaha used four singles — including run-scoring hits by Tony Abreu and David Lough — to take a 3-1 lead in the sixth.
Omaha veteran Doug Davis got the win in a spot start created by Kansas City's recall of Jonathan Sanchez from his injury rehabilitation assignment. Davis (1-1) allowed two runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings.
Jeremy Jeffress worked 1-2/3 scoreless innings, and Tommy Hottovy retired all six batters he faced for his sixth save.
Omaha is 11-2 since dropping the first game of a May 31 doubleheader with Iowa, which had allowed the Cubs to pull within five games of first.
The Storm Chasers head to Nashville for a four-game series that starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, with Omaha left-hander Ryan Verdugo (4-1, 3.29 ERA) facing Sounds right-hander Seth McClung (1-7, 5.01).