Rainiers Blast Seven Home Runs in 17-8 Win Over Beavers
TACOMA, Wash. - Brad Nelson and Matt Mangini combined for six hits, seven RBIs and four of the Tacoma Rainiers' seven home runs as the Rainiers won the finale of a five-game series 17-8 over the Portland Beavers at Cheney Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Rainiers (70-65), who also hit seven home runs in a 17-12 loss to the Beavers (55-81) Thursday night, saw 12 of their 17 hits go for extra bases. They scored in seven of their eight trips to the plate, including three runs in the sixth and four each in the fifth and eighth innings.
Tacoma extended its lead in the Pacific Northern Division of the PCL to 3 1/2 games following Salt Lake's 10-9 loss to Colorado Springs.
Mangini totaled four hits and Dustin Ackley, former Beaver Eliezer Alfonzo and Mike Carp each pitched in with solo shots as the Rainiers hit 16 of 25 combined home runs in the five-game series. David Winfree had two doubles and three runs while Greg Halman knocked in four with a double and a triple as Tacoma out-hit Portland 17-16.
Sean Kazmar set a career high and tied a franchise record with five hits for the Beavers: a solo home run in Portland's four-run first inning and singles in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth. Craig Stansberry had three hits and Nick Green and Wily Mo Peña each had two RBIs as the Beavers fell to 7-2 on their season-long 13-game road trip.
Levale Speigner (5-7) picked up the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Despite being spotted the four-run lead, Portland starter Cesar Carrillo (5-14) tied Jack Cassel's franchise record with his 14th loss, allowing 10 earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Carrillo also matched Josh Geer's three-day-old record by surrendering five home runs. Reliever Mike Koplove also allowed two home runs as Portland tied its franchise record of seven home runs. The Beavers had never given up more than five in a game before Thursday.
Up 1-0 with two outs in the first, Green hit a broken-bat single to plate two runs as the Beavers put up four runs in the opening frame against Tacoma starter Blake Beavan.
After Ackley went deep in the bottom of the first, the Rainiers scored two each in the second and third innings.
The Beavers tied the game at five in the top of the fourth as Cedric Hunter singled home Stansberry.
Tacoma took the lead right back on Alfonzo's homer in the fourth, then added four runs in the fifth as Mangini and Carp hit back-to-back shots to start the rally.
Portland crept within two runs at 10-8 after scoring three times in the top of the sixth, highlighted by Peña's rocket of a double to center that scored two.
Mangini again led off the sixth with a home run to right field off Koplove before Nelson belted a two-run shot down the right field line.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, Halman crushed a triple off the wall in center field that missed being a grand slam by about four feet. Two pitches later, Alfonzo ripped a double that was six feet short of being a home run to left.
The Beavers start their final road series against the Aces in Reno Monday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Before this series, only three pitchers in Beavers history (since 2001) had allowed four home runs in a game ... Mangini has 23 hits in his last 44 at-bats ... the Rainiers lead the PCL with 172 home runs ... before Thursday, the Tacoma franchise had not hit seven home runs in a game in the 15 seasons in which records have been kept ... the Beavers have given up 146 home runs this season, second-most in the league ... six of the Beavers' 18 five-hit games in franchise history have come this season ... Kazmar leads the club with 34 multi-hit games ... Carrillo's 10 runs were the most by a Beavers pitcher since Brian Lawrence gave up 12 on July 26, 2009 ... the Rainiers won the season series 11-5 and own a 97-65 advantage in the all-time series.
Beavers Game File SUNDAY'S GAME: Tacoma 17, Beavers 8 WINNING PITCHER: Speigner (5-7) LOSING PITCHER: Carrillo (5-14) SAVE: None HOME RUNS: Kazmar (8), Ackley (4), Nelson 2 (16), Alfonzo (8), Mangini 2 (18), Carp (24) MONDAY'S GAME: Portland (Cory Luebke: 5-0, 2.97) at Reno (Bryan Augenstein: 6-8, 6.40), 7:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on Freedom 970 AM and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialPortlandBeavers).
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