The Tacoma Rainiers (7-7) dropped a second straight game to the El Paso Chihuahuas (7-6) by a score of 9-4 on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.
Franchy Cordero started the home half of the first inning with a well-hit triple into the gap in left center field — he eventually came in to score two batters later on an RBI single from Cory Spangenberg, giving El Paso an early 1-0 edge.
The score remained in favor of the Chihuahuas until the top of the fourth inning, when first baseman Daniel Vogelbach blasted the Rainiers out in front with a towering two-run home run to right field. It was his first home run of the season, and it put Tacoma out in front, 2-1.
Diego Goris tied the game at 3-3 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth, and Carlos Asuaje put the Chihuahuas back out in front later in the inning with an RBI single.
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The Rainiers fought back to tie things up one last time in the top of the sixth inning — third baseman D.J. Peterson stroked a line drive double to center, moved to third on a ground out to second, and came in to score on a Tyler Smith RBI base knock.
El Paso reclaimed the lead for the final time with a run in the bottom of the seventh and broke the game open with five runs in the eighth, giving the Chihuahuas a 9-3 advantage. Right fielder Ben Gamel notched an RBI single in the top of the ninth, representing the final run of the game and creating the final margin of 9-4.
Rainiers starting pitcher Chris Heston allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings — he walked one and struck out four while not factoring into the decision. Tacoma’s bullpen surrendered six runs, five of which were credited to Mark Lowe.
Tacoma left-hander Dillon Overton (0-0, 0.00) and El Paso righty Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 0.00) take the mound as the Rainiers and Chihuahuas continue their series on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.