TACOMA- The Tacoma Rainiers had to settle for the split of Thursday night's doubleheader, dropping the nightcap by a score 3-2 to second-place Portland.
The Rainiers jumped out to an early lead when Right fielder Elpidio Guzman led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, his fifth of the year.
The lead disappeared in the top of the second when the Beavers strung together three consecutive hits, including an RBI triple by 3B Jake Gautreau and an RBI single by 2B J.J. Furmaniak.
Tacoma 3B Greg Dobbs tied the score at two with his eighth home run of the season, but that's where the bats went silent for the Rainiers, thanks to the pitching of right-hander Justin Germano.
Tacoma would not threaten again until the seventh when Collins singled with out, but would fail to score when Guzman and pinch-hitter Ryan Christianson both struck out to end the threat and the ballgame.
Portland scored what proved to be the winning run in the seventh when Kerry Robinson hit a grounder to short with runners on first and third. The Rainiers could not double up Robinson at first and the run scored to give the Beavers the 3-2 lead.
Right-hander John Kelley (0-1) suffered the loss after relieving starter Jeff Harris after five innings. Harris allowed two earned runs on six hits before giving way to Kelly.
Germano went six solid innings, allowing two earned runs on just four hits. The 23-year-old struck out six and improved to 8-5 on the season with the win.
The split of the twinbill left things right where they started in the PCL's Northern Division. Tacoma remains one half game ahead of Portland with a 74-56 record.
Tacoma sends left-hander Travis Blackley (8-5, 3.61) to the hill Friday night versus Portland's Mike Bumstead (2-0, 2.25).
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