LAS VEGAS — Stefen Romero finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. That was about the only thing that didn’t go the Tacoma Rainiers’ way in their 12-5 rout of the Las Vegas 51s at Cashman Field.
Romero went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and four runs to help Pacific Coast League-leading Tacoma (40-27), which exploded for 14 hits and rode a pair of four-run innings to its eighth win in 11 meetings this season with Las Vegas.
“You expect to score some runs in this ballpark and we were able to do that tonight,” Rainiers interim manager John Stearns said. “Our bullpen pitched well after (James) Paxton left and we did a nice job of holding them off.”
Dustin Ackley made his first start in left field after playing second base in his first 12 games for Tacoma.
Nick Franklin has played well at second base for the parent Seattle Mariners, who could move Ackley to left field when he returns to the majors.
“The way things are shaping up, he might go back to the outfield. He did a nice job in left field for us,” Stearns said. “We’re moving some things around and trying to get some people ready to go up if they need us.”
Jason Jaramillo went 4-for-5, scored twice and drove in a run in place of catcher Mike Zunino, who was called up by the Mariners on Tuesday.
Romero singled in the Rainiers’ four-run second inning and had an RBI double in their four-run fifth before belting a two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the ninth.
Abraham Almonte stole home in the second on a double steal with Franklin Gutierrez.
Paxton (3-5) scattered nine hits in five innings, allowing four runs, three earned, with one strikeout and three walks.
Jonathan Arias gave up a run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings, with three strikeouts and no walks, and Lucas Luetge struck out four in a perfect 1ª innings.
Tacoma feasted on 51s starter D.J. Mitchell, who gave up seven runs on seven hits in four innings. He also walked five and threw four wild pitches.
Ackley and Brad Miller each singled to extend their respective hitting streaks to 13 games. Ackley, who went 1-for-4 with a walk, leads the PCL with a .417 average since joining the Rainiers on May 28 from the Mariners.
Miller, who went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, has raised his average from .154 to .352 since May 29, when the streak started.
The series concludes with a 7:05 p.m. game Thursday at Cashman Field. Rainiers right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-1, 1.42 ERA) will oppose 51s right-hander Zack Wheeler (4-1, 4.14). The game can be heard on 850-AM.