Salt Lake Bees: Top of the order delivers in 7-2 win against Reno Aces
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
RENO, Nev. — The top three batters in the Bees' order delivered eight hits and scored all of the Salt Lake runs, as they defeated the Reno Aces 7-2 on Saturday night to snap their six-game losing streak.
Leadoff hitter Matt Long had three hits, including a home run to open up the third inning and give the Bees a 1-0 lead.
Tommy Field added two hits and two runs scored, while Luis Jimenez chipped in with three hits, including a two-run homer that put the Bees up 5-1 in the seventh, and three RBIs.
Salt Lake starter Jarrett Grube (7-5) pitched six solid innings, as he allowed just one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Jeremy Berg, Dustin Richardson and Daniel Stange combined to allow just one run in three relief innings to close out the game.
The Bees' win, combined with Tacoma's 6-4 loss at Tucson, gives Salt Lake a five-game lead over the Rainiers with nine games remaining in the season.
Their magic number for clinching the division title now stands at five.