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Tacoma Rainiers outfielder Tyler O'Neill. (Jeff Halstead / Courtesy Tacoma Rainiers Communications)
Tacoma Rainiers outfielder Tyler O'Neill. (Jeff Halstead / Courtesy Tacoma Rainiers Communications)
From wire reports

Recaps for the Seattle Mariners top affiliates for Tuesday provided by team releases and wire reports.

Tacoma (AAA) 12, Reno 4

RENO, Nev. – Gordon Beckham had four hits, while Tyler O’Neill and Tyler Smith recorded three apiece as the Tacoma Rainiers (44-39) topped the Reno Aces (51-34) 12-4 on Tuesday.

Beckham singled four times, scoring two runs. O’Neill homered twice and singled, scoring three runs while also driving in three.

Reno grabbed a 4-2 lead in the fifth after Socrates Brito and Ildemaro Vargas hit RBI doubles.

Tacoma answered in the next half-inning, scoring four runs to take the lead for good. D.J. Peterson hit a solo home run en route to the two-run lead.

The Rainiers later added four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to finish off the blowout.

Tacoma starter Christian Bergman (6-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Aaron Laffey (4-3) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Kristopher Negron doubled and singled twice, scoring a run and also driving one home for the Aces.

Despite the loss, Reno is 6-3 against Tacoma this season.

Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas (AA) 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Garrett Stubbs homered and had three hits, and Framber Valdez struck out nine hitters over six innings as the Corpus Christi Hooks (39-43) topped the Arkansas Travelers (37-45) 4-1 on Tuesday.

Valdez (1-1) picked up the win after he walked three while allowing one run and two hits.

Up 2-0 in the sixth, Corpus Christi extended its lead when Stubbs hit a solo home run.

The Travelers cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Dario Pizzano scored on a ground out.

The Hooks tacked on another run in the ninth when Arturo Michelena scored on a wild pitch.

Justin DeFratus (2-5) went six innings, allowing three runs and nine hits in the Texas League game. He also struck out two and walked one. Andrew Thome pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his sixth save of the season.

Visalia 6, Modesto (High-A) 4

Visalia, Calif. – Matt Jones hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th and the Visalia Rawhide (41-42) knocked off the Modesto Nuts (47-36) 6-4 on Tuesday.

Jones finished 4 for 5 with two runs. Grant Heyman hit his 11th home run of the season for Visalia, a solo shot in the fifth.

Bud Jeter earned the win with an inning of shutout relief.

Modesto starter Reggie McClain allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings.

Modesto’s Joe DeCarlo hit his ninth home run of the seaso and Rayder Ascanio drove in a pair.

Burlington 3, Clinton (Low-A) 2

CLINTON, Iowa – Jahmai Jones scored on a passed ball in the ninth inning, leading the Burlington Bees (36-46) to a 3-2 win over the Clinton LumberKings (34-46) on Tuesday.

Jones scored on the play after he hit a triple with two outs.

Jordan Zimmerman hit an RBI single, driving in Jones in the first inning to give the Bees a 1-0 lead. The LumberKings came back to take the lead in the first inning when Gareth Morgan hit a two-run double.

Burlington tied the game 2-2 in the third when Jack Kruger hit a solo home run.

Jackson Zarubin (5-1) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Ronald Dominguez (0-6) took the loss in the Midwest League game.

Burlington improved to 6-2 against Clinton this season.

Tri-City 8, Everett (Short-A) 4

EVERETT, Wash. – Chris Mattison hit a three-run home run in the first inning, and Aldemar Burgos hit a two-run home run and had three hits as the Tri-City Dust Devils (12-8) defeated the Everett AquaSox (8-12) 8-4 on Tuesday.

The home run by Mattison capped a four-run inning and gave the Dust Devils a 4-0 lead after Luis Asuncion hit an RBI double earlier in the inning.

Trailing 6-2, the AquaSox cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Joseph Rosa hit a two-run home run.

The Dust Devils extended their lead in the eighth when Burgos hit a two-run home run.

Tri-City southpaw Adrian Morejon (1-1) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Oliver Jaskie (0-1) took the loss in the Northwest League game after giving up four runs and four hits over one inning.

Rosa homered and singled, driving in two runs for the AquaSox.

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