The Fresno Grizzlies (53-41) won their ninth straight contest on the road when the swept a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers (46-47) with a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium. It's their third series sweep of the season. With 18 victories in their last 21 games, the Grizzlies are on a six game win streak after a previous season-long streak of 12.
Tony Kemp (3-for-5) homered in the third to extend his hit streak to a season-high 21 games to tie the existing club-long streak set by Juan Centeno from April 16 to June 2 earlier this season. The 21-game streak is the longest such streak in the Astros-affiliation era. He is now chasing Dave Doster for the longest all-time Fresno hit streak (32 games, 2004). Kemp's fifth home run of the season was a two-run line drive to right. Jon Kemmer had walked to get on and scored to give the Grizzlies the then 2-1 lead. Kemp ended the day a triple away from the cycle.
The Rainiers had taken an initial 1-0 lead in the second when D.J. Peterson led off the frame with a solo shot to left, his 11th of the season. After Fresno had taken the lead, Tacoma tied the contest 2-2 in the fifth when Leonys Martin scored on a groundout after reaching on a bunt single. Martin then hit a sacrifice-fly in the sixth that scored Danny Muno (2-for-3) to put the Rainiers ahead 3-2. The lead increased to 4-2 in the same inning when Tyler Smith (2-for-3) scored on a wild pitch.
The Grizzlies took a 5-4 lead to win the game in the top of the ninth on a three-run homer from Tyler White. The bomb to left followed his grand slam performance on Saturday night. Max Stassi (2-for-3) and Kemp scored on his 16th home run of the season after they both singled to get on. White's 63 RBI now put him in a three-way tie with Preston Tucker and Colin Moran for the club-lead.
Fresno starter Mike Hauschild returned from the disabled list to allow just one run on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts through four innings. Brendan McCurry (2-0) earned the win in a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts. Reliever Jordan Jankowski retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his seventh save of the season.
Tacoma starter Chase De Jong tossed five innings and allowed two runs on one hit and four walks with four strikeouts. Former Grizz Jean Machi (2-4) suffered the loss for the Rainiers in the ninth.
The Grizzlies head to Las Vegas looking to extend their season-long road win streak when they begin a four-game series with the 51s on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (2-0, 0.75) will be on the mound to face Las Vegas RHP Ricky Knapp (4-10, 6.24) at Cashman Field.
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