Don Cowie played a captain's role with two goals as Ross County strolled into the second round of the CIS Cup.
Cowie ran on to a Michael Gardyne pass to slip the ball past Alan Morrison and then pounced after the break when the Stranraer goalkeeper spilled the ball.
Sean Higgins added a third from Gary Irvine's cross three minutes later.
Alex Burns fired in for Stranraer, but Craig Gunn restored the lead with a fine solo goal before Michael Moore headed home from 12 yards.
Ross County: Samson (Winters 74), Niven, Keddie, McSwegan, Dowie, Tiernan, Gardyn (Gunn 66), Adams, Higgins, Cowie, Cowan.
Subs Not Used: Hooks, Moore.
Booked: Keddie, Tiernan.
Goals: Cowie 27, 58, Higgins 61, Gunn 78.
Stranraer: Morrison, Lyle, McMullan, Snowdon, Gaughan, Robert Walker, Hamilton, Aitken (Crilly 66), Moore, Wright (Burns 61), Ramsay (Nicholas 77).
Subs Not Used: Sharp, Budranauckes.
Booked: Lyle, McMullan, Hamilton.
Goals: Burns 70, Moore 90.
Ref: M Ritchie