TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (57-59) fell to the Nashville Sounds (55-60) by a final score of 6-3 Tuesday afternoon at Cheney Stadium.
Motter (1×5, R, HR, 2 RBI), right fielder Kyle Waldrop (2×4) and third baseman Danny Muno (1×4, R) led the way for the Rainiers in their 23rd come-from-behind victory of the season.
Tacoma starter Christian Bergman delivered an ultra-quality start during his 14th appearance of the year, allowing just two runs across seven innings while tallying six strikeouts and zero walks.
The Sounds struck first Tuesday morning, as Joey Wendle launched a line-drive home run down the right field line to give Nashville a 1-0 lead during the top of the second.
A couple of base hits and some heads-up base running allowed the Rainiers to tie the game at 1-1 during the bottom half of the second. Back-to-back singles from third baseman Danny Muno and left fielder Dario Pizzano led off the frame, then both runners advanced on a balk from Nashville starter Michael Brady to give second baseman Zach Shank a chance with runners in scoring position. Shank grounded out to first base but it was enough score Muno and tie the game.
Both starters kept the game at 1-1 until the top of the sixth, when the Sounds finally broke through. Nashville – and former Rainiers – center fielder Boog Powell led off the inning with a single and came around to score when Franklin Barreto doubled down the right field line to give the Sounds a 2-1 advantage.
Motter answered with a dramatic go-ahead two-run homer – his fourth of the season and second in as many games – during the bottom of the eighth to give Tacoma a 3-2 lead.
The Rainiers bullpen labored during the top of the ninth, allowing Nashville to walk in a run and tie the game at 3-3.
The Sounds managed three runs on four hits during the top of the tenth to take a 6-3 lead.
The Rainiers and Sounds return to action Wednesday night for game three of the current four-game series – first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Right hander Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 3.79) will take the mound for Tacoma and righty Frankie Montas (0-1, 4.62) will be on the hill for Nashville.
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