Justin Bour and Mark Canha hit back-to-back two-out home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against reliever Blake Beavan, and New Orleans won the series opener 5-4 and ended a three-game losing streak Tuesday at Zephyr Field in Metairie.
Tacoma (63-61) had tied the score at 3 in the top of the inning when Stefen Romero hit a two-out triple against reliever Arquimedes Caminero that scored Ketel Marte.
Caminero issued two one-out walks in the ninth before being relieved by Chaz Roe. Roe gave up an RBI single to Ji-Man Choi before getting pinch-hitter Julio Morban to hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play.
The Zephyrs (61-63) scored three runs in the seventh against reliever Logan Kensing to take the lead, 3-2 on Josh Rodriguez’s two-run double and Brian Bogusevic’s RBI single.
WHO: Tacoma Rainiers
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
PROBABLE PITCHERS: LH Brian Flynn (7-8, 4.00 ERA) vs. Rainiers RH Forrest Snow (2-2, 1.56).
RADIO: WMTI-FM, 106.1
Enrique Hernandez was obtained from the Houston Astros in the trade that brought the Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart on July 31, the major league trading deadline.
Hernandez is the latest fits the Marlins’ philosophy of bringing in versatile players, which they feel enables them to field the best players and also address all types of situations during games and series, depending on the opponent.
Hernandez, nicknamed Kike (Kee-Kee), is listed as a left fielder, but he can play center field, shortstop and second base.
Drafted in the sixth round in 2009 out of American Military Academy in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico by the Astros, he really came on at the start of this season with Double-A Corpus Christi, where he batted .325. He was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City and hit .337 with eight home runs in 67 games, including a 12-game streak from May 12-26 in which he batted .341.
He made his major league debut with Houston on July 1, coming in as a defensive replacement but also getting two hits.
Zephyrs pitcher Bryan Evans injured his ankle during warmups before Tuesday’s game and was taken to urgent care. … The Zephyrs entered this series 4-7 in August and 7-14 since July 22. They entered the just-completed five-game series against Memphis three games out of first place but were 6½ games out after the series ended Monday, going 1-4 against the Redbirds.