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The Salt Lake Bees pounded the Reno Aces' pitching staff for 12 hits, including a pair of home runs, on their way to a 9-3 win over the Reno in front of an announced 4,155 at Smith's Ballpark on Tuesday night. The Bees (44-34) have now won five of their past six games as well as the first two games of this series with Reno (48-30).
Nolan Fontana's three-run inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning his second inside-the-park home run of the season capped the scoring for the Bees, who scored nine unanswered runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. Fontana tied his career high for home runs in a season in the minors with his eighth (not including his one homer in the majors), while Cesar Puello (2 for 3, four RBIs) homered for the second consecutive night.
Turning Point • The Bees rallied from a three-run deficit in the first inning to tie the game in the second. They took the lead on Puello's solo home run for the first time in the third inning and Reno didn't score for the rest of the game.
Bees MVP • Fontana did a superb job setting the table from the leadoff spot in the Bees lineup. He went 2 for 4 with a home run, a walk and three runs scored.
Hidden Hero • After giving up three first-inning runs on three hits, Bees starting pitcher Luis Diaz (3-4) didn't allow a hit in the next four innings. He finished having allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in five innings. He also struck out six.
Angel Angle • Eric Young Jr. started in center field and batted first for the Angels on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Young started this season with the Bees and batted .354 with a .419 on-base percentage five home runs, 26 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 44 games. Since being called up to the Angels after Mike Trout's thumb injury, Young batted .275 with a .363 on-base percentage, three home runs, 11 RBIs and seven stolen bases going into Tuesday night. Young had two hits in his first two at-bats Tuesday.
History lesson • The Bees expect to welcome the 12 millionth fan to come through the gates at Smith's Ballpark. The Bees, who have averaged more than 7,000 fans per home game since 1994, will give that fan a prize package that includes season tickets for the remainder of this season as well as tickets for next season and an Angels getaway for the 2018 season that includes airfare, hotel, game tickets and a day pass to Disneyland.
What's next • The Bees continue their four-game series against the Reno Aces at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Utah Jazz draft picks Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley and Nigel Williams-Goss are scheduled to throw out the first pitch.
American North W L Pct. GB
Colo Springs (Brewers) 46 30 .605
Okla City (Dodgers) 44 32 .579 2
Omaha (Royals) 37 39 .487 9
Iowa (Cubs) 34 43 .442 12½
American South W L Pct. GB
Memphis (Cardinals) 46 31 .597
Nashville (Athletics) 37 39 .487 8½
Round Rock (Rangers) 36 40 .474 9½
New Orleans (Marlins) 28 49 .364 18
Pacific North W L Pct. GB
Reno (Diamondbacks) 48 30 .615
Tacoma (Mariners) 39 36 .520 7½
Fresno (Astros) 39 38 .506 8½
Sacramento (Giants) 30 45 .400 16½
Pacific South W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake (Angels) 44 34 .564
Albuquerque (Rockies) 38 38 .500 5
El Paso (Padres) 37 40 .481 6½
Las Vegas (Mets) 29 48 .377 14½
Colorado Springs 14-10, Omaha 6-2
Oklahoma City 3, Memphis 2
Salt Lake 9, Reno 3
Round Rock at Nashville, late
Iowa 7, New Orleans 6
Las Vegas at Tacoma, late
Sacramento at El Paso, late
Albuquerque at Fresno, late
Omaha at Colorado Springs, 12:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 6:05 p.m.
Round Rock at Nashville, 6:05 p.m.
New Orleans at Iowa, 6:08 p.m.
Reno at Salt Lake, 7:05 p.m.
Sacramento at El Paso, 7:05 p.m.
Albuquerque at Fresno, 8:05 p.m.
Las Vegas at Tacoma, 8:05 p.m.