Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Salt Lake Bees runner Matt Long is tagged out at home by Tacoma catcher Brandon Bantz in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 5, 2012. In Sunday's loss to Las Vegas, Matt Long hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, then stole home later in the inning.

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas 51s defeated the Salt Lake Bees 13-9 in a Sunday afternoon slugfest.

The Bees trailed 5-2 after two innings, but scored two runs in the third and then took a 7-5 lead with three runs in the fourth on a two-run double by Matt Long and then a steal of home by Long on the front end of a double steal.

Las Vegas came right back to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a run-scoring single by Wilmer Flores.

The 51s regained the lead with a run in the fifth and led 10-8 going into the eighth when Omar Quintanilla belted a three run homer to give Las Vegas a five-run lead. The Bees got one run back in the ninth on an RBI single by Luis Rodriguez.

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Chad Cordero (1-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered the 51s' go ahead run in the sixth. Starter Kip Wells lasted just three and one-third innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Long led the Bees with three hits, including a home run, and two runs batted in, while Kole Calhoun added two hits, including a homer, and three RBI. Luis Rodriguez chipped in with one hit and two RBI, as the 51s have taken two out of the first three games of the series.