TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (46-35) won their second-consecutive game over the Las Vegas 51s (42-39) with a 9-2 decision on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.
Starting pitcher Donn Roach (5-4) notched his fifth win of the season after only surrendering two runs on five hits over 5.0 innings of work – he walked one and struck out four.
The Rainiers offense hammered out 16 hits, led by first baseman D.J. Peterson (4×5), right fielder Patrick Kivlehan (2×2), shortstop Luis Sardinas (2×4), and designated hitter Stefen Romero (1×4) who combined for 8 RBI and 5 runs scored.
Peterson notched his first four-hit game since Sept. 1, 2014, when he was a member of the Double-A Jackson Generals, and the fourth four-hit contest of his career.
Las Vegas took an early 1-0 lead after Ty Kelly led off the game with a double to left field, advanced to third base on a single from Gavin Cecchini, and came around to score on a groundout double play off the bat of Michael Conforto.
Kivlehan led off the bottom of the second inning by smacking a double off the right field fence, and came around to score on a single to right field from Peterson, evening the score at 1-1.
The Rainiers exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-1 lead, sending nine batters to the plate in the process. Tacoma utilized six-consecutive hits to plate the five runs, highlighted by a two-run double to left-center field from Romero, a two-run triple to center field from Peterson, and a one-run single to left field from Sardinas.
The 51s got a run back in the top half of the fourth inning when Travis Taijeron lifted a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Eric Campbell, cutting the Rainiers lead to four runs at 6-2.
Romero worked a bases loaded, two-out walk to score Tyler Smith in the bottom of the sixth inning and Zach Shank lined a one-run double to left field plating D.J. Peterson in the bottom of the seventh inning, extending the Rainiers advantage to 8-2.
Peterson continued his impressive night at the plate with an RBI single to left field scoring Daniel Robertson in the bottom of the eighth inning, pushing the Rainiers lead to 9-2.
Andrew Kittredge and Kraig Sitton combined to hold Las Vegas scoreless on one hit over the final 4.0 frames. The pair notched five strikeouts while issuing no walks.
The Rainiers and 51s conclude their series tomorrow, Sunday, July 3 with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT. Tacoma right-hander Joe Wieland (6-4, 6.89) and Las Vegas righty Gabriel Ynoa (9-3, 7.04) are slated to start.
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