FRESNO, Calif. – The Tacoma Rainiers (65-67) evened their series against the Fresno Grizzlies (72-60) with a 7-3 victory on Friday night at Chukchansi Park.
A.J. Reed rocketed the Grizzlies out to an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Tacoma found a quick answer in the top of the second, venturing onto the scoreboard on an RBI double from second baseman Joey Wong.
The Rainiers took the lead in the top of the third – catcher Mike Marjama swatted an RBI double into left to even the score at 2-2 and designated hitter Tuffy Gosewsich followed with a sacrifice fly to right that pushed Tacoma out in front by a run.
Two innings later, in the top of the fifth, the Rainiers piled onto their lead with a two-run double from Gosewisch. Single runs in the sixth and eighth pushed Tacoma’s lead out to 7-2.
Reed’s second home run of the night was a solo blast in the bottom of the ninth that polished off the scoring and created the final margin of 7-3.
Evan Marshall (1-0) earned the win for the Rainiers after tossing 3.0 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed just two hits, issued no walks, and struck out two. Tacoma starting pitcher Max Povse allowed two runs on three hits (one home run) over 4.0 innings of work while walking two and striking out four.
The Tacoma offensive effort was led by Gosewisch, who finished the night 2-for-4 with one run, one double, and three RBI. No other Rainiers batter collected multiple hits, but the offense combined to draw 10 walks.
The Rainiers call upon right-hander Andrew Moore (3-3, 4.21) as their series against the Grizzlies continues on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. PT. Fresno is slated to start right-hander Rogelio Armenteros (6-1, 2.38).
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