TACOMA, Wash. -- Erasmo Ramirez turned in 6.0 strong innings and Ty Kelly and Leury Bonilla each homered as the Tacoma Rainiers rolled to a 5-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees at Cheney Stadium on Thursday.
Ramirez (1-0) limited the Bees to two runs on five hits, struck out five and walked one en route to collecting his first win in his fifth start with the Rainiers this season. The right-hander had put together 6.0 scoreless frames before surrendering two runs on two hits in the seventh inning.
Kelly was responsible for providing Tacoma an early 2-0 lead after belting a two-run home run in the first inning - his fifth with the Rainiers this season. Bonilla hit his first homer of the year and stretched a 3-0 lead to four runs after taking a solo shot deep in the sixth.
The Rainiers lineup combined to collect 12 hits on the way to snapping their season-high losing skid at five games. Bonilla, Logan Morrison, Brock Hebert, Humberto Quintero and Endy Chavez each led the club with two-hit performances.
The first baseman Morrison has now recorded hits in five of the first seven games of his Major League rehab assignment at Tacoma. He is batting .360 (9x25) with two extra-base hits and two RBI with the Rainiers since May 23.
Relievers Mike MacDougal (1.0), Lucas Luetge (1.0) and Carson Smith (1.0) combined to limit Salt Lake to four hits and struck out three in 3.0 innings of work out of the bullpen. The right-hander Smith collected his third save of the season after tossing a perfect frame in the ninth.
The Rainiers (22-30) host the final game of a 12-day, 13-game homestand when the team takes on Salt Lake (19-36) tomorrow, May 29. Right-hander Matt Palmer is expected to start for Tacoma against Bees left-hander Hector Santiago (0-0, -.--). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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