ACOMA, Wash. -- Ty Kelly delivered a late-inning double that earned the Tacoma Rainiers a 2-1 series-opening win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday. The Rainiers winning streak has now stretched to six games, equaling the longest recorded by the club this season.
Trailing Colorado Springs 1-0 in the bottom ninth, leadoff batter Chris Taylor was hit by pitch and Abraham Almonte reached first on a fielding error to give Tacoma two base runners in two at-bats. One out later, Nick Franklin drew a walk that loaded the bases and ultimately set the table for Kelly to line a game-winning two-run double with two outs.
Tacoma managed to collect the victory despite being held to a season-low two hits. Outside of Kelly's game-winning knock, Almonte collected a double in the sixth inning that served as the team's only other hit.
Stephen Pryor (2-1) picked up his second win of the season after striking out two in a perfect inning of work in the ninth. In his Triple-A debut, right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen worked 1.1 shutout frames after entering the game in relief of starter Jordan Pries in the seventh.
Pries, who was making his 12th turn in the Rainiers rotation this season, limited the Sky Sox to one run on five hits and struck out six in 6.2 innings.
The Rainiers (32-39) host the second installment of a four-game series with Colorado Springs (29-42) at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow, June 18. Left-hander James Gillheeney (2-6, 5.77) is slated to start for Tacoma against Sky Sox left-hander Christian Friedrich (1-8, 7.89).
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