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Jett Bandy doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning Saturday night, powering Salt Lake to a 5-3 victory over Reno. In front of 7,614 fans at Smith's Ballpark, the Bees rallied from a 3-1 deficit.
Turning point • With two out and Nick Buss on second base in a tie game, the Aces intentionally walked Kaleb Cowart to get to Bandy. But he followed with a drive into the left field corner.
Bees' MVP • After managing three hits in his previous 15 at-bats, Bandy broke out of his mini-slump. He went 2-for-4 and finished with three RBIs. "Chasing a few too many pitches lately," he said.
Hidden hero • Todd Cunningham's perfect sacrifice was a key to Salt Lake's four-run seventh. He bunted Gregorio Petit and Rafael Oretga into scoring position, just before Buss' bases-clearing double.
Flashing leather • With two out and two runners aboard in the eighth, Reno's Jack Reinheimer hit a line drive up the middle. But Cowart made a spectacular diving catch near second base to end the threat.
Quoteworthy • Asked if a player is motivated when he follows an intentional walk, Bandy said, "Oh, maybe a little bit. It's part of the game, but maybe it makes you want to get a clutch hit that much more."
Angel angle • In his first game since being sent back to Salt Lake by the Angels, Ortega went 1-for-3 with two walks. During a three-week stretch in Los Angeles, he hit .294 with four RBIs.
History lesson • On May 7, 1996, Juan Tolentino had four hits and four RBIs during Salt Lake's 18-3 win over Memphis. The Redbirds' starting pitcher was future NFL quarterback Chad Hutchinson.
What's Next • Sunday: Reno (Archie Bradley, 3-1) vs. Salt Lake (Nate Smith, 2-1), 1:05 p.m.
American North W L Pct. GB
Omaha (Royals) 16 11 .593
Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 14 12 .538 1½
Iowa (Cubs) 13 13 .500 2½
Colorado Springs (Brewers) 11 15 .423 4½
American South W L Pct. GB
Round Rock (Rangers) 16 11 .593
New Orleans (Marlins) 13 14 .481 3
Nashville (Athletics) 12 16 .429 4½
Memphis (Cardinals) 11 14 .440 4
Pacific North W L Pct. GB
Tacoma (Mariners) 17 11 .607
Fresno (Astros) 13 14 .481 3½
Sacramento (Giants) 13 16 .448 4½
Reno (Diamondbacks) 12 17 .413 5
Pacific South W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake (Angels) 17 13 .567
Albuquerque (Rockies) 16 13 .552
Las Vegas (Mets) 13 14 .481 2
El Paso (Padres) 12 15 .444 3
New Orleans 3, Round Rock 2
Nashville 2, Memphis 1
Omaha 5, Iowa4
Okla City 4, Colorado Springs 3
Salt Lake 5, Reno 3
El Paso 6, Fresno 4
Albuquerque 6, Tacoma 3
Las Vegas at Sacramento, late
New Orleans at Round Rock, 12:05 p.m.
Fresno at El Paso, 1:05 p.m.
Iowa at Omaha, 1:05 p.m.
Memphis at Nashville, 1:05 p.m.
Reno at Salt Lake, 1:05 p.m.
Okla City at Colorado Springs, 1:35 p.m.
Tacoma at Albuquerque, 1:35 p.m.
Las Vegas at Sacramento, 2:05 p.m.
Iowa at Omaha, 10:05 a.m.
Tacoma at Albuquerque, 11:05 a.m.
Okla City at Colorado Springs, 12:35 p.m.
Memphis at Nashville, 5:35 p.m.
New Orleans at Round Rock, 6:05 p.m.
Fresno at El Paso, 6:35 p.m.
Reno at Salt Lake, 6:35 p.m.
Las Vegas at Sacramento, 8:05 p.m.