Tacoma Rainiers

Blash’s blast, Romero’s dash help lift Rainiers to victory

This time, it was a better ending for the Tacoma Rainiers.

For the second consecutive night, Jabari Blash hit a three-run homer and the Tacoma Rainiers and Sacramento River Cats went to extra innings again, with the Rainiers pulling out a 6-5 victory Saturday in 10 innings at Cheney Stadium.

The River Cats posted a 4-3 win in 12 innings on Friday.

The Rainiers quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning. With one out, third baseman Carlos Rivero hit a fly ball to center field on the first pitch from reliever Cody Hall.

Stefen Romero, who was on third, tagged up and scored as the throw to plate from center field was short to give the Rainiers the win.

Designated hitter Blash gave the Rainiers a 4-2 lead with his blast in the bottom of the third inning. Right fielder Romero hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to extend the Rainiers’ lead to 5-2.

Chien-Ming Wang made his first start for Tacoma since signing a minor-league contract with Seattle a week ago, pitched seven innings for the Rainiers seven innings. He got into some trouble in the first three innings and later in the sixth and eighth.

In the third inning, the River Cats hit three consecutive singles to load the bases, but Wang was able to force three pop flies to end the inning.

With the Rainiers trailing 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Romero and center fielder Justin Ruggiano singled. Blash then hit his three-run homer over the left field wall to give the Rainiers a 3-2 lead.

The Rainiers extended their lead to 4-2 after left fielder Leon Landry walked and stole second, then scored on a Carlos Rivero single.

Wang allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits.

Wang was sent out in the eighth inning but was quickly pulled by manager Pat Listach after he gave up two singles and registered no outs. Tyler Olson and Logan Kensing relieved Wang, and the River Cats scored one run to tie the game, 5-5.

Kensing pitched a perfect ninth inning, but the Rainiers couldn’t score in the bottom of the inning.


Romero is now batting .395 (17 for 43) in 11 games against the River Cats this season. … Landry ended his six-game hitting streak by going 0 for 4.


The four-game series with the River Cats concludes at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Left-hander James Gillheeney (1-0 3.38 ERA) will start for the Rainiers against right-hander Clayton Blackburn (3-3 4.07).