Tacoma uses seven-run fifth inning to put away Beavers
TACOMA, Wash. - Greg Halman belted two, two-run homers and Brad Nelson and Mike Wilson both added solo shots as the Tacoma Rainiers beat the Portland Beavers 11-6 at rainy Cheney Stadium Friday night.
Halman went deep in the Rainiers' (43-38) three-run fourth and seven-run fifth, Adam Moore had two hits and two RBIs and Jack Hannahan logged a team-high three hits as Tacoma beat the Beavers (31-50) for the 29th time in the last 34 meetings between the Northwest rivals.
With the game tied at four, Hannahan led off the fifth with a walk and Matt Tuiasosopo lined a double to center. Beavers third baseman Craig Stansberry committed his first of two errors in the frame when he mishandled an attempted fielders' choice. Moore then drilled a two-run triple to right, chasing Portland starter Josh Geer (5-7). After Mike Carp's sac fly, Halman took reliever Mike DeMark deep for his second two-run shot of the night. Two batters later, Mike Wilson joined in the action, homering to left.
Tacoma's Andy Baldwin (5-4) pitched three innings of relief, yielding two runs (1 earned) on three hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Luis Durango went 3-for-5 with two RBI singles and Aaron Cunningham and Lance Zawadzki each had two hits and two runs scored.
Geer, who blanked Tacoma at PGE Park with a four-hitter on June 21, gave up a pair of homers in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth before being removed. On the night, Geer gave up eight runs (7 earned) on seven hits and three walks in four-plus innings.
Durango's two-out single in the second scored Cunningham and gave the Beavers an early 1-0 lead.
Mike Baxter scored in the third on a double by Cunningham and an error. Cunningham then scored on a wild pitch by Tacoma starter Ryan Feierabend.
The rain picked up, one batter into the bottom of the third, causing a 53-minute delay. When play resumed, Hannahan got the Rainiers on the board with an RBI single.
Stansberry led off the Beavers' half of the fourth with a double and came around to score on Cedric Hunter's sacrifice fly.
The Rainiers erased Portland's 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Nelson led off with a solo shot off Geer and Halman cracked the first of his two-run homers.
Durango's picked up another RBI single in the sixth to plate Zawadzki, who had led the inning off with a single.
Dusty Ryan hit an RBI double in the eighth for the Beavers' sixth run.
Feierabend pitched three innings before the rain delay, giving up three runs on six hits.
The Beavers and Rainiers finish their three-game series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
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