MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Ty Kelly's home run in the 12th inning lifted the Tacoma Rainiers to a 3-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park on Monday night.
Kelly broke open a 2-2 tie with a solo home run to centerfield that ultimately earned the Rainiers a victory in the team's series opener at Memphis. The homer was Kelly's eighth this season and fourth over his last 11 games.
Earlier in the outing, Tacoma was forced to overcome a 2-0 deficit after the Redbirds tallied a run in each of the game's first two innings. Greg Garcia belted a solo home run in the first, and Thomas Pham took a one-run shot deep with two outs in the second.
The Rainiers locked the game at two after posting runs in the seventh and eighth. Logan Morrison, in the 17th game of his Major League rehab stint with the Rainiers, brought Tacoma within a run after delivering an RBI single with two outs in the seventh. One inning later, Jabari Blash plated the tying run with a double that scored Nick Franklin.
Tacoma's bullpen combined to hold the Redbirds scoreless through the game's final 7.0 innings. Chance Ruffin (2.0), Lucas Luetge (2.0), Mike MacDougal (1.0), Logan Bawcom (1.0) and Brandon Maurer (1.0) each turned in shutout innings of relief work. Bawcom (2-3) collected the win after tossing an inning in the 11th and Maurer collected his second consecutive save following one frame of action in the 12th.
Starter Taijuan Walker held Memphis to two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings. In his third rehab appearance the Rainiers this season, the right-hander struck out three and walked one.
The Rainiers (26-37) play the second game of a four-game series at Memphis (31-33) at 5:05 p.m. tomorrow, June 10. Right-hander Matt Palmer (1-2, 2.14) is expected to start for Tacoma against Redbirds right-hander Zach Petrick (3-3, 4.47).
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