With their offense producing four home runs and 17 hits, the Tacoma Rainiers overwhelmed the Reno Aces, 13-6, in front of 5,814 at Cheney Stadium on Sunday.
After Reno’s Nick Buss led off the finale of a five-game series with a home run, the Rainiers bounced back in the second inning.
The two-out rally started when right fielder Jabari Blash hit a laser down the left-field line that was bobbled, allowing Blash to scamper into second.
Third baseman Leury Bonilla then hit a triple to right field to tie the game. Catcher Steve Baron followed with a line-drive, two-run homer to give the Rainiers a 3-1 lead.
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Tacoma next took advantage of a fly ball by center fielder Ramon Flores that was lost in the sun. The miscue allowed second baseman Patrick Brady to score from second and padded the Rainiers’ lead to 4-1.
But in the third inning, Aces designated hitter Danny Dorn hit a three-run homer off Tacoma starter Chien-Ming Wang to tie the game at 4.
Buss hit another homer, this time a two-run shot, to put the Rainiers down 6-4 in the fourth.
In the Tacoma half of the fourth, though, shortstop Chris Taylor responded with a three-run homer to left field, off Reno starter Gabriel Arias, to give the Rainiers a 7-6 lead.
“That was a big momentum changer,” Tacoma manager Pat Listach said.
Taylor added an RBI single in the sixth inning to make it 8-6. Taylor went 3 for 4 with four RBIs.
“I was just trying to keep it simple by putting the barrel on the ball,” Taylor said of his homer. “He (Arias) left a fastball over the middle of the plate after trying to pitch low and away to me. I knew that I wasn’t going to chase, and waited for the pitch I wanted.”
Tacoma scored another run in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth. In the eighth, left fielder Stefen Romero joined the homer party with a two-run blast. One out later, Blash hit a shot to center field to complete the home run derby.
“It was nice to see the lineup from top to bottom hit,” Listach said after each Rainiers player collected at least one base hit.
Tacoma relievers Forrest Snow, Logan Kensing, Tyler Olson, Danny Farquhar and J.C. Ramirez each pitched a scoreless inning, yielding only three hits, to seal the win.
Taylor has reached base safely in his past 15 games and is hitting .400 in that span, going 22 for 55. … Blash has 10 home runs since July 16, and hit four in the series against Reno. … Snow made his first relief appearance since June 25, and he earned the win to bring his record to 8-8
The Rainiers have a day off Monday, then start a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Cheney Stadium. Tacoma will start lefty Edgar Olmos (1-1, 4.18 ERA) while the Sacramento starter is to be decided.