TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (62-44) plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off the El Paso Chihuahuas (60-47) and ultimately came away with a 2-1 victory in the series finale on Friday night at Cheney Stadium.
Rainiers starting pitcher Sam Gaviglio tossed 7.2 innings while holding the Chihuahuas to scoreless on four hits – he issued no walks and struck out four.
Relievers Charlie Furbush and Blake Parker worked the final 1.1 innings for Tacoma, holding El Paso to one run on one hit while striking out one. Furbush recorded his first win of the season, while Parker earned his 19th save of the year.
Patrick Kivlehan launched a leadoff home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning, followed by a two-out double down the left field line from Daniel Robertson scoring Rob Brantly, to give the Rainiers to the 2-0 advantage.
El Paso scored one run in the top of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield off the bat of Austin Hedges plating Manuel Margot, to create the final margin of 2-1.
Tacoma kicks off a four-game series against the Albuquerque Isotopes tomorrow, Saturday, July 30. The Rainiers will send right-hander Cody Martin (9-6, 3.95) to the mound to square off against Isotopes righty Shane Carle (4-8, 6.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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