Stingers 8, Rainers 6

Another day. Another rally. Another win for the Salt Lake Stingers.

Barry Wesson capped the latest comeback with a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Stingers defeated Tacoma 8-6 at Franklin Covey Field.

Salt Lake (43-46) has now won three straight games — overcoming late deficits each time.

"We never quit. That just shows what kind of team we are," said Wesson, whose fielding produced three assists from the outfield and upped his PCL-leading total to 14 on the season. "We're starting to jell right now. Everything is coming together."

On Saturday, the Stingers trailed 6-2 before battling back. A two-run single by Adonis Harrison got things started in the fourth. Three innings later, Gary Johnson's RBI single allowed Salt Lake to even the score. He eventually crossed the plate, as did Adam Riggs who doubled, on Wesson's decisive hit.

For good measure, Julio Ramirez added a solo homer in the eighth to provide an insurance run.

Though appreciated, it wasn't needed.

Tacoma failed to score again after Chad Meyers hit a home run in the fourth. It gave the Rainiers their biggest lead and followed a four-run third. The latter also erased a 2-1 Salt Lake lead.

Keith Johnson's two-run homer in the second countered an RBI double by Meyers in the first.

"Tonight was truly a team effort," Stingers manager Mike Brumley said. "They did a nice job coming back."

Mark Lukasiewicz (2-1) picked up the win in relief. He teamed with starter Chris Bootcheck, Elio Serrano and Bart Miadich, who notched his 11th save, to throw a game-ending string of five straight scoreless innings.

The series concludes this afternoon at 2. Salt Lake RHP Brandon Emanuel (6-6, 4.44 ERA) and Tacoma RHP Rett Johnson (2-1, 0.47 ERA) are the scheduled starters.

The Stingers conclude their homestand with games against Edmonton Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

BEE LINES: Tacoma manager Dan Rohn was the hitting coach for the 1994 Salt Lake Buzz . . . The Rainiers are the top affiliate of the Seattle Mariners . . . Mickey Rivers, who played for the Salt Lake Angels from 1971-73, was named to the Pacific Coast League's All-Centennial Team. He hit .332 over 272 games . . . Attendance was 5,997.