Rainiers Topple Tucson, 5-3
Franklin Gutierrez drives in 3 runs, Abraham Almonte collects 3 hits
TACOMA, Wash. – Abraham Almonte collected three hits and Franklin Gutierrez drove in three runs as the Rainiers topped the Tucson Padres 5-3 at Cheney Stadium on Wednesday night.
After Tucson took an early 2-0 lead, Gutierrez cut the Rainiers deficit in half with a sacrifice fly that scored Almonte in the third inning. Gutierrez stretched Tacoma’s 3-2 lead to two runs with an RBI single in the fifth and he went on to add an RBI double in the seventh.
The outfielder Almonte led a Rainiers lineup that collected a combined nine hits after going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three runs scored. Nate Tenbrink went 2-for-4, including a go-ahead home run that broke open a 2-2 tie in the fourth. Tenbrink has now homered three times over his last four games and is now riding a five-game hitting streak.
Michael Morse ended the night hitless and drew one walk in the third game of his Major League rehab assignment with the Rainiers.
Starter Brandon Maurer earned the win after holding the Padres to three runs, two earned, on five hits over 6.2 innings of work. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three in his 10th turn in the Rainiers rotation this season.
Brian Moran, Stephen Pryor and Logan Bawcom combined toss 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. In the third game of his Major League rehab assignment with Tacoma, Pryor twirled one perfect inning in the eighth. Bawcom blanked the Padres through one inning in the ninth en route to collecting his team-leading 18th save this season.
The Rainiers host the final game of a four-game series with Tucson (55-50) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, July 25. Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker (2-0, 0.86) is slated to start for Tacoma in the series finale against Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin (6-3, 5.21).
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