Third baseman Brian Anderson hit a three-run home run to center field in the fifth inning, and New Orleans ended an eight-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory Friday in Metairie in the first game of a doubleheader.

In the second game, a 6-4 Chihuahuas victory, Peter Van Gansen hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth to get a split for El Paso (54-58), the Pacific Coast League's defending champion.

For the Baby Cakes (41-70), the first-game win was their third in a row at home and ninth in the past 12 home games. Their losing streak came on their recently completed road trip.

In the second game, Baby Cakes starter Tom Koehler didn't allow a hit for five innings, but Colin Cowgill hit a grand slam, giving the Chihuahuas a 4-1 lead. New Orleans responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score.

New perspective

Through the first half of this season, Chris Parmelee was with the Nashville Sounds, who are in second place in the Pacific Coast League's American South Division.

However, with a month left in the season, Parmelee finds himself with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, who have the PCL's worst record. To Parmelee, he's in a better position.

“Nashville (Oakland Athletics affiliate) had a lot of young outfielders, and my playing time got squeezed,” said Parmelee, 29. “I had an opt-out for June 15, and (the A's) asked me what I was going to do. I told them I would opt out of my contract, so they released me.”

Just as he was getting bored working out at home in California to stay in shape, the Miami Marlins called. The Marlins had a spate of injuries, most notably to first baseman Justin Bour. Parmelee, an outfielder who has played in 311 Major League games with the Twins, Orioles and Yankees, also plays first base.

Having batted .199 in 42 games with Nashville this season, Parmelee suddenly had renewed hope. He could be one injury from a call-up, he reasoned. More likely, he is experienced insurance.

“We've all seen things happen in this game,” he said. “But I'm just glad to be able to play these last few weeks of the season. I just want to finish out playing consistently well. It's great just getting back out there and playing again.”

Parmelee was a first-round pick from Chino Hills (Calif.) High School by Minnesota in 2006. He made his Major League debut with the Twins in 2011, hitting .355 in 21 games but batted between .228 and .256 the next three seasons around stints with Triple A Rochester.

Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said he understands why the Marlins were interested when their roster got thin.

“He's got some pop in his bat, he can play in the outfield and at first base, and he's a veteran guy,” Beyeler said.

This season with the Sounds, Parmelee hit five home runs, six double, drove in 14 runs and scored 21.

Extra bases

Former Louisiana-Lafayetter player Dexter Kjerstad, who was promoted to the Cakes from Class A Jupiter on July 26, was released by the Marlins on Friday. Kjerstad had hit .213 with Jupiter this season, making the promotion to Triple A seem like a move to perhaps draw more fans from Southwest Louisiana. However, Baby Cakes officials say the Marlins were just trying to find bodies after five players were called up in a three-day span. He went 0-for-6 with New Orleans. He was released after Miami acquired outfielder Eury Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday for cash considerations. In 50 games with Triple A Indianapolis, Perez batted .336 and stole 22 bases, third in the International League.

Parmalee in better place

Through the first half of this season, Chris Parmelee was with the Nashville Sounds, who are in second place in the Pacific Coast League's American South Division.

However, with a month left in the season, Parmelee finds himself with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, who have the PCL's worst record. To Parmelee, he's in a better position.

Nashville (an Oakland Athletics affiliate) had a lot of young outfielders, and my playing time got squeezed,” said Parmelee, 29. “I had an opt-out for June 15, and (the A's) asked me what I was going to do. I told them I would opt out of my contract, so they released me.”

Just as he was getting bored working out at home in California to stay in shape, the Miami Marlins called. The Marlins had a rash of injuries, most notably to first baseman Justin Bour. Parmelee, an outfielder who has played in 311 major league games with the Twins, Orioles and Yankees, also plays first base.

Having batted .199 in 42 games with Nashville this season, Parmelee suddenly had renewed hope. He could be one injury from a call-up, he reasoned. More likely, he is experienced insurance.

We've all seen things happen in this game,” he said. “But I'm just glad to be able to play these last few weeks of the season. I just want to finish out playing consistently well. It's great just getting back out there and playing again.”

Parmelee was a first-round pick from Chino Hills (Calif.) High School by Minnesota in 2006. He made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2011, hitting .355 in 21 games. But he batted between .228 and .256 the next three seasons around stints with Triple-A Rochester.

Baby Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler said he understands why the Marlins were interested when their roster got thin.

He's got some pop in his bat, he can play in the outfield and at first base, and he's a veteran guy,” Beyeler said.

This season with the Sounds, Parmelee hit five home runs, six doubles, drove in 14 runs and scored 21.

Extra bases

Former UL-Lafayetter player Dexter Kjerstad, who was promoted to the Baby Cakes from Class A Jupiter on July 26, was released by the Marlins on Friday. Kjerstad had hit .213 with Jupiter this season, making the promotion to Triple-A seem like a move to perhaps draw more fans from Louisiana. However, Baby Cakes officials say the Marlins were just trying to find bodies after five players were called up in a three-day span. He went 0 for 6 with New Orleans. He was released after Miami acquired outfielder Eury Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday for cash considerations. In 50 games with Triple-A Indianapolis, Perez batted .336 and stole 22 bases, third in the International League.