Redman Lifts Tacoma To 6-3 Win Over Beavers
PORTLAND, Ore. - Chris Seddon pitched six strong innings, Prentice Redman hit a home run and reached base five times and the Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Portland Beavers 6-3 Sunday afternoon before 6,408 at PGE Park.
The Rainiers (70-66) swept all five games in the series against the Beavers to extend their winning streak to nine games. Tacoma moves into a two-way tie for first place in the Pacific Northern Division with Colorado Springs, which lost to Salt Lake earlier in the day.
Seddon (8-8) allowed two runs, scattered five hits and yielded just three walks over six innings of work to pick up his first win since the end of July. Redman drove in two RBIs, scored four times, walked twice and hit his 20th home run of the season to pace Tacoma.
Eliezer Alfonzo and Sean Kazmar each hit solo home runs and Danny Putnam delivered an RBI single to lead the way for the Beavers (57-79), who dropped their ninth straight contest against Tacoma.
Oswaldo Navarrow extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-out, RBI double in the fourth inning to help the Rainiers build a 2-0 lead.
After Alfonzo's blast cut the early deficit in half, consecutive hits by Chris Shelton, Redman and Mike Wilson helped Tacoma take a 4-1 lead in the fifth.
Jamie Burke, who contributed three hits on the day, roped an RBI single into left field in the seventh, which plated Redman for the second time, to extend the Rainiers' lead 5-2.
Redman then tacked on another run for Tacoma with a solo shot in the ninth. Kazmar responded with a shot of his own in the bottom of the frame; it was his fifth of the season.
Aaron Poreda (0-3) yielded two runs on just one hit, but walked six Tacoma hitters to take his third loss since joining the Beavers.
The Beavers open a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Monday - their final road trip of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Kazmar's home run in the ninth was his first since July 7. All five of his home runs this season have come at home ... Portland reliever Mike Ekstrom had a 10-inning scoreless streak come to an end ... Tacoma's Mike Carp saw his seven-game hitting streak end Sunday, but did record an RBI on a sac fly in the first inning ... Portland starts its final homestand of the 2009 campaign Friday against Las Vegas at PGE Park.
Beavers Game File
SUNDAY'S GAME: Tacoma 6, Beavers 3
WINNING PITCHER: Seddon (8-8)
LOSING PITCHER: Poreda (0-3)
HOME RUNS: Alfonzo (14), Redman (20), Kazmar (5)
MONDAY'S GAME: Portland (RHP Josh Banks: 7-6, 2.92) at Colorado Springs (RHP Adam Eaton: 3-3, 2.67), 5:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on KKAD AM-1550 and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers.
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