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The game

Cal Towey hit Salt Lake's first homer in eight games - a two-run blast in the sixth inning Friday night - and the Bees scored a 7-2 win over Las Vegas in front of 9,168 fans at Smith's Ballpark.

Turning point

Salt Lake jumped on Las Vegas starter Duane Below for three runs in the first. Ji-Man Choi's two-run singled highlighted the inning and extended his hitting streak to six games.

Bees' MVP

In his first game since May 22 because of a strained oblique, Nick Buss went 2-for-3 and walk. He drove in one run in the first inning with a single. He tripled home another run in the second.

Hidden hero

Salt Lake pitcher Kyle Kendrick (5-2) won for the third time in four starts. He allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. He's pitched at least six innings in eight of his 11 starts this season.

Flashing leather

With the 51s' Gavin Cecchini on third and one out in the third, Dilson Herrera hit a liner down the line. Salt Lake's Kaleb Cowart made a diving stop, tagged Cecchini before he scrambled back to the bag and threw out Herrera to retire the side.


Asked about his successful return from injury, Buss said, "I felt great tonight. … Happy to be back playing again."

Angel angle

The Angels activated veteran outfielder Daniel Nava on Friday. To make room for him on the roster, relief pitcher Al Albuquerque was designated for assignment.

History lesson

On June 17, 2000, the Salt Lake Buzz won the 500th game in franchise history with a 4-3 victory at Nashville. John Barnes' two-run single in the ninth gave them the lead.

What's Next

Saturday: Las Vegas (Gabriel Ynoa, 7-2) vs. Salt Lake (Chris Jones, 3-5), 7:05 p.m.

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