TACOMA, Wash. -- Humberto Quintero delivered the game-deciding single that sent the Tacoma Rainiers to a 4-3 extra-innings win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks at Cheney Stadium on Saturday.
With the score tied at three, Quintero lined a single to right field that cleared the way for Chris Taylor to score the game-deciding run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning. Taylor originally reached base on a force out, advanced to second on a passed ball and made it to third on a single hit by Xavier Nady.
Quintero was responsible for making Tacoma's late-inning heroics possible after erasing a 3-1 deficit with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. The homer was Quintero's second this season and helped the catcher end the night 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Major League rehabbers Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak combined to go 3-for-6 in the Rainiers series opener with the RedHawks. Saunders, in his second game with Tacoma, hit a two-out solo home run in the third inning, and Smoak, who was playing in his fourth game with the Rainiers, went 2-for-3 with a double.
Reliever Todd Coffey (2-0) struck out one in a perfect inning of work in the ninth and collected his second win this season. He and bullpen mates Stephen Kohlscheen (2.0), Stephen Pryor (2.0) and Carson Smith (1.0) combined to hold the RedHawks scoreless on one hit in 6.0 innings.
Starter Andrew Carraway allowed three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked two in his team-leading 14th turn in the Rainiers rotation.
The Rainiers (34-41) host the second game of a four-game series with Oklahoma City (42-35) at 1:35 p.m. tomorrow, June 22. Right-hander Jordan Pries (4-5, 2.50) is expected to start for Tacoma against RedHawks right-hander Nick Tropeano (5-4, 2.09).
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