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Rainiers Power Past Zephyrs

May 23, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers News Release

Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Rainiers packed on the power in an 11-3 win over New Orleans at Cheney Stadium on Sunday, completing the team's first series sweep of the season.

Tacoma enlisted the help of the long ball in the victory, recording six runs off a season-high five home runs. The long balls recorded by the Rainiers are the most the team has hit in a single game since equaling that total on the road against Las Vegas on August 27, 2007.

The first was delivered in the bottom of the third with infielder Matt Mangini's solo shot that started what would be a two-run inning for the Rainiers. Mike Carp and Eliezer Alfonzo both went deep in the next inning to help tie a season-high with five runs in the fourth.

Carp and outfielder Greg Halman accounted for both the team's runs in the sixth after posting the Rainiers first back-to-back homers of the season.

The first baseman Carp put together a banner performance for the Rainiers, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, including his second two-home run game of the season. New Orleans' Mike Lamb was responsible for driving in two of the Zephyrs three runs in a 1-for-5 effort.

Tacoma starter Steven Shell recorded the win after limiting New Orleans to just three runs despite giving up 12 hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The loss went to Zephyrs starter Brian Lawrence, who gave up eight runs on eight hits through 4.2 innings.

The Rainiers continue their eight-game homestand on Monday night when they welcome the Oklahoma City RedHawks to Cheney Stadium. Left-hander Chris Seddon will go to the mound for Tacoma in the series opener against RedHawks lefty Michael Ballard. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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