TACOMA, Wash. – D.J. Peterson singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to catapult the Tacoma Rainiers (54-40) to a 5-4 victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers (53-41) on Monday night at Cheney Stadium.
The Rainiers seventh-straight win marks the longest winning streak since the club did it during the 2014 season.
Tacoma notched 15 hits, aided by multi-hit performances from left fielder Norichika Aoki (3×6), centerfielder Guillermo Heredia (3×6), Peterson (3×6), right fielder Stefen Romero (2×6), and second baseman Zach Shank (2×5).
The Dodgers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run home run to left field from Austin Barnes.
The Rainiers answered in the bottom half of the first inning when Heredia smacked a double down the right field line and came around to score on a two-out, one-run single to left field from Peterson, cutting the Dodgers lead to one run at 2-1.
Tacoma evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning with a one-run single to center field from Romero to plate Aoki.
Oklahoma City gained the lead when James Ramsey launched a two-out solo home run over the right field fence in the top of the fourth inning.
Romero belted a solo home run to left field leading off the home half of the sixth inning, evening the score at 3-3.
The Dodgers broke through with a run in the top of the 12th inning when Micah Johnson led off the frame lining a double into the right-center field gap and came around to score on a single by Charlie Culberson, giving Oklahoma City the 4-3 advantage.
The Rainiers loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning against Dodgers righty Layne Somsen. Romero reached base on a fielding error by Culberson and Aoki scored on the play, tying the game at 3-3. Peterson followed with an infield single to plate Heredia, producing the final margin of 5-4.
Starting pitcher Zach Lee allowed three runs on eight hits over 5.0 innings of work – he issued no walks, struck out four, and surrendered two home runs.
Relievers Paul Fry, Andrew Kittredge, Blake Parker, Kevin Munson, and Guido Knudson combined to hold Oklahoma City to one run on five hits over the final 7.0 innings of the game, surrendering three walks and striking out 12.
Rainiers right-hander Jordan Pries (2-1, 3.86) takes the mound for Tacoma as they continue their series against the Dodgers tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19. Oklahoma City is scheduled to start right-hander Brock Stewart (3-0, 3.23). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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