Matt Williams homered and drove in three runs and the Salt Lake Bees used a six-run ninth inning to pull away from the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday afternoon, 9-3.
Williams broke the ice with a two-run homer in the top of the second off former Bee Chris O'Grady, who was making a sport start in place of the promoted Odrisamer Despaigne. Salt Lake forced O'Grady to make 40 pitches in the second inning, including 18 foul balls.
KC Serna responded with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to slice the deficit in half, where the score remained over the next five innings as the 'Cakes received four shutout innings of relief from Victor Payano.
Eric Young, Jr. led off the eighth inning with a triple off the wall in left-center field and scored on Rey Navarro's line out to center to stretch the Salt Lake lead to 3-1.
Again, New Orleans answered in the bottom half as Peter Mooney roped a leadoff double to right and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Drew Gagnon.
But the Bees put the game away by sending 11 batters to the plate in the ninth, scoring six times off Clayton Mortensen. Nolan Fontana began the rally with a double, later scoring on a single by Williams, and capped the frame with an RBI double.
Ramon Cabrera knocked in a run in the bottom of the ninth with a ground out against Justin Miller, who recorded the final four outs to pick up his fifth save.
Daniel Wright (2-1) struck out five in five innings and limited the 'Cakes to one run and four hits to earn the victory.
O'Grady (1-1) took the loss, the Baby Cakes' fifth in a row at home and 15th in their last 20 games overall, dropping them a season-worst 13 games below the .500 mark.
The teams conclude the four-game set on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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