NEW ORLEANS — Taijuan Walker pitched six strong innings as the Tacoma Rainiers beat the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-1 Friday night in a Pacific Coast League game.

Ty Kelly and John Hicks drove in two runs apiece for the Rainiers (66-61).

Walker (6-3) allowed only three hits and one run, struck out nine and walked three.

Xavier Avery hit a solo home run for Tacoma. Michael Saunders, Stefen Romero, Justin Smoak, Nate Tenbrink and Kelly had two hits apiece.

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Austin Cousin, Corey Simpson and Adam Martin got the hits for the AquaSox (10-12), all singles.

From Internet reports