SALT LAKE CITY — With the series split at 1-1, Colorado Springs made a big push for the postseason by handing the Salt Lake Bees a 12-5 defeat Monday evening.
It was the first time in 24 games that Salt Lake allowed an opponent to tally 10 or more runs.
Colorado Springs jumped out to an early four-run lead and was able to hold Salt Lake scoreless until the fourth inning.
That's when the Bees bats got hot, starting with a pair of RBI singles courtesy of Luis Jimenez and Efren Navarro. Ryan Langerhans drove in both Jimenez and Navarro with a triple to right field that put the Bees ahead 5-4.
Colorado Springs had a big inning of its own, crossing the plate six times in the sixth inning.
"We made a few mistakes, and (Colorado Springs) capitalized," said Bees manager Keith Johnson. "This team over here is a good hitting ball club, and when you make a mistake regardless of how small it is, they take advantage of it."
On the bright side, division-leading Reno has lost eight of its last 10 games, allowing both the Sky Sox and Bees to climb the ranks of the PCL's Northern Division.
"Each game that we have from now on is one less game that we have in the season to make up ground," said Johnson. "Every loss hurts. I'm sure the guys in there wish we would've had a better showing. The effort was there, but a better showing."
NOTEBOOK: Salt Lake's Greg Smith got the start on the mound, and was hoping to improve on an 8-8 record and 3.68 ERA that had him ranked sixth in the PCL. Smith went just over five innings, giving up eight earned runs and a home run on 10 hits. Adam Russell replaced Smith, only to be pulled three batters later after hitting Brendan Harris with the bases loaded. Russell gave up two earned runs and one hit.
That wasn't the end of the bullpen's night as David Carpenter, Andrew Taylor and Ryan Brasier all took to the mound in the final three innings.
BUSTED: Matt Long and Trevor Crowe both got caught stealing second base. As a team, the Bees have 116 steals on the season, second in the PCL.
ATTENDANCE: On Family Night, a crowd of 7,689 tried to cheer the home team to victory at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Sky Sox 12, Bees 5
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "Hats off to them, but we've got to get back at it tomorrow."
Up next: vs. Colorado Springs, tonight, 7:05 p.m. Sky Sox TBA vs. Bees RHP Barry Enright (10-7, 5.11 ERA).
Next homestand: Aug. 27-Sept. 3 vs. Tucson/Sacramento.