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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run home run and the Tacoma Rainiers slugged their way past the Sacramento River Cats 7-5 in a Pacific Coast League game at Raley Field on Monday night.

Left-hander James Paxton started for the Rainiers (43-29) and went six innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five.

Tacoma posted seven runs in the fourth inning.

Dustin Ackley was 1 for 4 and is batting .383 in 19 games with Tacoma.

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Justin Smoak, batting in the cleanup spot, had a double and is hitting .238.

The Rainiers totaled 10 hits against five Sacramento pitchers.

Tacoma opens a four-game road series in Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

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