NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jabari Blash's go-ahead home run in the seventh inning lifted the Tacoma Rainiers to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Sounds at Greer Stadium on Sunday.
Blash broke open a 2-2 tie with a two-run blast - his team-leading 12th this season - that ultimately landed the Rainiers a fourth consecutive win. The outfielder has now homered in each of his last three games and is riding a career-high ten-game hitting streak that dates back to June 6. Blash is batting .389 (14x36) with seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI over that stretch.
Nick Franklin and Abraham Almonte were responsible for providing an early 2-0 advantage for Tacoma through the game's first two frames. Franklin lined an RBI double in the first inning, and Almonte doubled the lead with a run-scoring single in the second.
The outfielder Almonte accounted for half of the Rainiers six hits after going three-for-five with a trio of singles. Along with Almonte, Franklin and Blash, infielder Gabriel Noriega tallied Tacoma's only other knock after posting a single in the seventh.
Reliever Chance Ruffin (3-3) limited Nashville to one hit and struck out two in 3.0 shutout innings on the way to collecting his third win this season. Right-hander Brandon Maurer recorded his third save despite surrendering one run on two hits in the ninth.
Forrest Snow, in his 2014 Rainiers debut, allowed two runs - one earned - on eight hits in 5.0 innings. The right-hander struck out five Sounds batters without issuing a walk in his first turn in Tacoma's rotation this season.
The Rainiers (30-39) look to seal a series sweep in the team's final game of a four-game set at Nashville (38-33) tomorrow, June 16. Right-hander Andrew Carraway (2-4, 4.99) is expected to start for Tacoma in the finale against Sounds right-hander Jimmy Nelson (7-1, 1.51). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
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