The Salt Lake Bees ran their winning streak to four games, as they rolled to an 8-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday night.
Four Salt Lake pitchers combined to throw a four hitter with twelve strikeouts and no walks. Starter Jaime Barria (2-0) went five innings and allowed one unearned run on just three hits with seven strikeouts. Mike Morin retired all six batters he faced, Deolis Guerra pitched a scoreless eighth and Noe Ramirez worked a three up, three down ninth to close out the game.
After Tacoma took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning, the Bees took the lead with two runs in the third. Michael Hermosillo was hit by a pitch and stole second. Ramon Flores walked and as they executed a double steal, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch's throw to second base bounced into centerfield to allow Hermosillo to come home with the tying run. Flores took third on the play and would score on a ground out by Carlos Perez. Salt Lake would add three runs in the fifth on a run scoring fielder's choice and a two run single by Tony Sanchez. Flores belted a two run homer in the sixth and Sherman Johnson closed out the scoring with an RBI single in the ninth. David Fletcher led the Bees with three hits, while Sanchez and Flores each added two hits and two runs batted in. The victory allowed Salt Lake to remain one game ahead of second place El Paso, as they outlasted Fresno 13-10 on Tuesday night, with six games left to play in the 2017 season.
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