Iwakuma stymies 51s in rehabilitation start for Rainiers

Hisashi Iwakuma held the 51s to one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the Tacoma Rainiers to an 8-4 Pacific Coast League victory in the opener of a four-game set Tuesday night in Tacoma, Wash.

Iwakuma, making his second rehab start with the Rainiers after the Seattle Mariners placed him on the disabled list April 24 with a strained lat muscle, left the game after developing a blister on his throwing hand with two outs in the sixth inning.

He told reporters he doesn’t expect the blister to be much of an issue.

The Rainiers got a huge game from Jesus Montero, who went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs.

Tacoma (39-40) pounded 16 hits in the victory.

Dillon Gee had a rough outing for Las Vegas (45-34). He surrendered eight runs on 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Alex Castellanos had two hits and drove in two runs for the 51s, but it wasn’t enough to rally after falling behind 8-1.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. today.

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