Salt Lake Bees: Late-inning grand slam lifts River Cats over Bees

Published: Saturday, April 12 2014 12:48 a.m. MDT

Sacramento's Fernando Rodriquez catches the ball as Bees' John Hester dives for the base during a baseball game at Spring Mobile Ballpark Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT

, Hugh Carey

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SACRAMENTO — The Salt Lake Bees couldn't protect a late-inning three-run lead as Nate Freiman's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Sacramento River Cats over the Bees 7-6 Friday night.

Buddy Boshers started the eighth inning on the mound for Salt Lake (4-5). But after he gave up two walks and a single to load the bases, Boshers gave way to Robert Carson. After getting Kent Matthes to fly out to left field, though, he gave up the one-out slam to lift the River Cats (4-5) to a one-run lead.

In the top of the ninth, the Bees' batters went down in succession to end the game.

This came after Salt Lake increased its lead to 6-3 in the top of the eighth inning when Taylor Lindsey hit a triple to score Roberto Lopez and Tommy Field hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Lindsey.

Grant Green batting a team-leading .410 this season and Field each had two RBIs for Salt Lake, and John Hester scored a pair of runs for the Bees.

Freiman's grand slam was his first home run of the young season, and he finished 2-for-5 at the plate.

Despite giving up the two runs in the top of the eighth, Joe Savery earned the win for Sacramento while Fernando Nieve pitched the ninth for the loss. Carson picked up the loss, his first of the season.

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