FRESNO, Calif. Fresno got on the board in the first inning and led throughout the afternoon in a 6-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday at Chukchansi Park.
Nick Pereira earned his fourth win of the season with 6 1/3 solid innings, as the Grizzlies (23-22) defeated the Bees (32-12) for the first time in six tries this season.
After Pereira held the Bees off the board in the top of the first inning, the Grizzlies pushed a run across in the bottom half. Clay Timpner led off the frame with a walk and stole second base. With two out, Scott McClain singled to left to score Timpner for a 1-0 Grizzlies lead. The home team added a pair of runs in the third on Nate Schierholtz's RBI double, and an error by Salt Lake with two outs that allowed McClain to score from third for a 3-0 lead.
Salt Lake, one of the top offensive teams in the Pacific Coast League, put 10 men on base against Pereira but only broke through for two runs in the fourth inning. An RBI single by Dee Brown scored Brandon Wood, and Brown later scored on Freddy Sandoval's single to pull the Bees within a run, but that was close as they got.
Fresno added a run in the sixth on Dayton Buller's RBI single, and two more in the seventh when Justin Leone hit his team-leading 10th home run, and Travis Denker drove in McClain with a single for a 6-2 lead.
The Grizzlies' bullpen made the lead stand up, as Randy Messenger and Julio Mateo combined for 2 2/3 hitless, scoreless innings of relief in the win.
Having split the first two games of the four-game series, the Grizzlies will take on Salt Lake again tonight at Chukchansi Park. PCL strikeout leader Matt Palmer takes the mound for the home team while the Bees send Nick Green to the hill. Game time is set for 8:05 p.m. MDT.