SALT LAKE CITY — The Sacramento River Cats never trailed in their win over the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday and again led the entire way in their win on Sunday at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The River Cats started fast once again on Monday night and never trailed — until the eighth inning.
The Bees scored a much-needed, come-from-behind victory on Monday against the River Cats, 7-6, snapping a five-game losing streak in the process.
"We had a little meeting (Sunday) and talked about some things and we said, 'We've got 15 games left. Let's just do the best we can and see what happens,' " said Bees first baseman Mark Trumbo. "Our goal is to win, and it would be awesome to make the playoffs and go as far as we possibly can."
The win, combined with division-leading Tacoma's loss at Reno on Monday night, leaves Salt Lake 2.5 games behind in the standings with 14 remaining.
"The guys responded and really showed something to me after losing five games in a row like that," said Bees manager Bobby Mitchell. "It shows the character of the guys on this team. We were in a little tailspin, but we battled out of it tonight and got some clutch hits and hopefully that will carry over."
Salt Lake trailed 6-3 entering its half of the seventh inning, but a run-scoring single by Terry Evans and a bases-loaded, two-run single by Trumbo knotted the game at six. The Bees loaded the bases once again, but back-to-back strikeouts put an end to the rally.
Then the Bees took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the eighth when Tyson Auer hit a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Evans.
Reliever Brian Stokes pitched the final two innings to earn his first win of the season in a Bees' uniform.
Trumbo, the PCL's RBI leader, drove in three more runs to give him 104 for the season. He hit a towering solo homer in the second inning to cut the River Cats' lead to 2-1.
"I had a couple of goals going into the season and fortunately I've been able to reach them," said Trumbo. "But RBIs don't come unless the other guys get on base and that's a compliment to them. It seems like every time I come to the plate there is somebody on base."
The series finale will be tonight at 7 p.m. Salt Lake is scheduled to start Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 3.43 ERA) against Sacramento lefty John Halama (4-2, 5.69).
BEES WAX: Sacramento has had Salt Lake's number over the years. In addition to eliminating the Bees in the playoffs in both 2007 and 2008, the River Cats have not lost a season series against Salt Lake since 2002. Sacramento has won eight of the 15 meetings this year with just tonight's game remaining. … Evans extended his hitting streak to eight games, the longest current streak on the team. … Attendance on Monday was 8,158.
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