TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers rolled to an 11-5 series-opening win over the Salt Lake Bees at Cheney Stadium on Monday night.
Tacoma bolted to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Peguero singled home Abraham Almonte to mark the Rainiers first appearance onto the scoreboard. Nate Tenbrink added two more with a double that drove in Peguero and Ty Kelly one out later.
Tenbrink stretched the Rainiers lead to 5-0 in the third after delivering a solo home run to right field - his 15th this season. Almonte and Kelly hit RBI singles in back-to-back at-bats with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to expand Tacoma's advantage to 7-1.
Salt Lake's Scott Cousins hit a three-run home run that brought the Bees within three runs in the sixth, but Tacoma re-took a six-run lead after posting a four-run frame in the seventh. Ji-Man Choi recorded his first Triple-A home run after hitting a two-run blast, and Poythress plated two more with a two RBI single.
The Rainiers lineup combined to collect 13 hits, led by infielder Leury Bonilla's 4-for-5 night. Almonte, Tenbrink and Choi each turned in two-hit efforts.
Starter Blake Beavan (5-6) earned the win after holding the Bees to four runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out two in his 15th start for the Rainiers this season.
Following tonight's win, the Rainiers improve to four games behind Salt Lake at second place in the PCL Pacific Northern Division standings with seven games remaining this season.
The Rainiers (72-65) host the second game of a four-game series with Salt Lake (76-61) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, August 26. Left-hander James Paxton (7-11, 4.64) is slated to start for Tacoma against Bees right-hander Billy Buckner (7-2, 4.60).
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