TACOMA, Wash. - The Tacoma Rainiers fell to the Salt Lake Bees 8-6 in extra innings at Cheney Stadium on Thursday morning.
The Rainiers and Bees were tied at 6-6 until Salt Lake scored an insurmountable two runs on four hits in the top of the 13th inning. Luke Carlin lined a one-out RBI single that drove in Andy Marte for the go-ahead run. Drew Heid added some insurance with another run-scoring single two batters later.
Salt Lake originally held an early 2-0 lead in the third before Tacoma tallied four runs in the bottom of that inning. Ty Kelly brought the Rainiers within a run after he singled home Jesus Sucre with one out, and Carlos Peguero delivered the biggest blow after plating three more with a double.
Abraham Almonte's RBI double in the fourth stretched Tacoma's lead to 5-2 only to have Tommy Field's three-run home run in the fifth tie the game at five runs each.
Almonte hit a solo home run in the sixth - his 11th with Tacoma this season - and gave the Rainiers a brief 6-5 edge that lasted until Tommy Field hit a game-tying sac fly in the top of the seventh.
Reliever Brian Moran (2-5) was dealt the loss after surrendering both of Salt Lake's runs in the 13th on four hits. Starter Andrew Carraway allowed five runs on five hits and struck out two with four walks issued over five innings of work.
The Rainiers (73-66) look to secure a series win and move within three games of first place when the team hosts the final game of a four-game series against Salt Lake (77-62) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, August 28. Right-hander Hector Noesi (3-2, 4.82) is scheduled to start for Tacoma against Bees right-hander Jarrett Grube (7-5, 4.39).
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