TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (62-66) allowed four runs in the top of the ninth inning and lost to the El Paso Chihuahuas (64-64) by a final score of 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
Tacoma starting pitcher Andrew Moore worked 4.0 innings and struck out six, throwing 75 pitches (50 strikes). He allowed just one hit and walked one batter.
After five innings of scoreless play and just three combined hits, El Paso took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth courtesy of a solo home run into the R Yard from Chase d’Arnaud.
Second baseman Shawn O’Malley quickly provided a response for Tacoma in the bottom of the frame, sending a towering solo home run to right field that tied the game at 1-1.
An explosive top of the ninth inning netted El Paso four runs, and vaulted the Chihuahuas to a 5-1 victory. Jose Rondon poked a bases-loaded double down the left field line to score a pair, and was followed two batters later by a two-run single from Travis Jankowski.
Evan Marshall threw 3.0 innings of one-run relief while holding the Chihuahuas to just three hits (one home run). Ryan Garton (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits over 2.0 innings of work.
Tacoma right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 7.21) and El Paso righty Kyle Lloyd (1-3, 6.22) will take the mound as the series rolls on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.
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