LAS VEGAS - After two successive losses in Las Vegas, the Tacoma Rainiers scored early and often Wednesday en route to their second win in their past six games.
Mike Carp homered and had three RBI for Tacoma, which scored six runs in the first two innings on its way to a 10-5 triumph over the 51s at Cashman Field.
Chris Woodward led off the game with a double off Las Vegas starter Robert Ray, who allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4ª innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.
After a groundout by Matt Mangini, veteran designated hitter Mike Sweeney ripped a run-scoring single to give the Rainiers (54-43) a 1-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Sweeney, on a major league rehabilitation assignment from the Seattle Mariners, went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and is batting .412 (7-for-17) in four games for Tacoma.
Brad Nelson cracked a deep RBI double off the center-field wall to make it 2-0 and Carp followed with a two-run drive, his 16th homer of the season, to give Tacoma a 4-0 advantage with one out in the first.
The Rainiers, who improved to 28-23 on the road, added two more runs in the second to make it 6-0. Mangini singled to lead off the inning, Sweeney walked and Nelson reached on a throwing error by 51s first baseman Brett Wallace, allowing Mangini to score. Carp followed with an RBI single.
Las Vegas (47-51) cut the lead in half with a run in the second and two in the third, but Tacoma scored two more in the fifth to make it 8-3.
David Winfree had an RBI double and Woodward drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Sweeney added an RBI single in the eighth and Nelson delivered a run-scoring double as the Rainiers reached double-digit runs for the first time in seven games.
Tacoma left-handed starter Ryan Feierabend (3-3) earned the victory, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 6ª innings, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Sean White tossed the final 1† innings, walking one in an otherwise perfect outing.
Woodward went 3-for-6 with a double and two runs and Nelson had two doubles and two RBI to lead Tacoma’s 16-hit attack.
Carp, Winfree, Dustin Ackley and Greg Halman added two hits apiece.
Aaron Mathews homered for the 51s and Jarrett Hoffpauir (two doubles) and Wallace each had two hits and an RBI.
The Rainiers will wrap up their eight-game trip with a 7:05 p.m. game today against Las Vegas. Tacoma, 3-4 since the All-Star break, will send left-hander Luke French (10-3, 2.97 ERA) to the mound against 51s left-hander Luis Perez (3-1, 5.34).