TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma Rainiers earned a third consecutive walk-off win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks after Xavier Nady's single in extra innings sealed a 9-8 victory at Cheney Stadium on Monday night.
With the score tied at eight, Nady lined a go-ahead single to left field that plated Xavier Avery with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning. Earlier in the frame, Avery reached base on a force out, made it to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on a ground out hit by Justin Smoak. The victory marked the fourth walk-off win for the Rainiers in seven games this homestand.
Tacoma's heroics in the tenth inning were made possible after the club posted a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth. The Rainiers trailed 8-4 before Michael Saunders belted a bases-loaded double that cleared the way for three runs to score. Corey Hart drove in Saunders with a game-tying double one batter later.
Major League rehabbers Saunders, Hart and first baseman Justin Smoak went a combined seven-for-15 and drove in six of Tacoma's nine runs on Monday. Saunders went four-for-five with two doubles and three RBI, and is now batting .529 (9x17) with four extra-base hits and seven RBI in four games with the Rainiers. Smoak hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and has now driven in three runs in six games at Tacoma.
Infielder Chris Taylor turned in the Rainiers other three-hit night after going three-for-five with two runs scored. Infielder Nick Franklin recorded two hits, including a solo home run with one out in the fourth inning - his ninth with Tacoma this season.
Reliever Brandon Maurer (1-0) picked up the win after striking out four in 2.0 shutout innings beginning in the ninth. Starter James Gillheeney surrendered six runs on nine hits and struck out seven in 5.2 innings.
The Rainiers (35-42) look to capture a series sweep in the final game of a four-game set with Oklahoma City (43-36) at 6:05 p.m. tomorrow, June 24. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-1, 5.82) is expected to start for Tacoma against RedHawks right-hander David Martinez (5-4, 4.36).
To purchase season tickets, group packages or party decks for the 2014 season, call (253) 752-7707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Up-to-date news and notes throughout the 2014 season can be found at www.tacomarainiers.com and by following the Rainiers on Twitter (@RainiersLand) or liking the team on Facebook.