Salt Lake had scored five combined runs in four losses against Tacoma this season.
The Bees matched that total Tuesday in one game, downing the Rainiers, 5-3, at Cheney Stadium.
Entering Monday, Tacoma (30-21-1) had won 11 of 12 games at home, and Salt Lake (26-24) had lost its past six.
The Rainiers had a 3-0 lead after the fifth inning, but the Bees rallied to score three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to put Tacoma in a two-run hole in the bottom of the ninth.
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“We were in position to win the game, and we let it get away from us,” manager Pat Listach said.
Left-hander James Paxton was scratched prior to his scheduled start and was likely to be called up to the Mariners.
“Not being able to start Paxton and have a complete bullpen day, we just tried to get through the day keeping everyone healthy and keep enough pitchers for tomorrow’s game,” Listach said. “I was trying to extend relievers a little longer than they normally go because we didn’t have a starter today. Those things happen. Sometimes you sacrifice a win for it.”
In 10 starts for the Rainiers, Paxton was 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA. He ranks fourth in the PCL in opponent batting average (.229).
Jonathan Aro (3-2) received the emergency nod and pitched four scoreless innings, which Listach called “outstanding.” The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out four with no walks allowed.
Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte, playing in a rehab assignment, led off as the designated hitter. Marte finished the game 0 for 5 from the plate and said he still doesn’t “feel 100 percent.”
“He’s healthy. That’s the bottom line,” Listach said. “He’ll get his timing back. It won’t take long.”
Marte will start at shortstop Wednesday and expects to play six innings.
Bees starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (3-2), who attended Mount Vernon High School, pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Kendrick was selected in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. ... Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will start Thursday for Salt Lake.
The Rainiers and Bees face off at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, with Tacoma starting Brad Mills (0-1, 4.91) against Salt Lake’s David Huff (0-0, 3.52).