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Portland, Ore. » Chad Huffman belted a three-run homer and later laced a two-out RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Portland Beavers a 6-5 victory over the Salt Lake Bees before 4,035 Friday night at PGE Park.
Kyle Blanks hit his seventh home run of the season and Jose Lobaton reached base four times for the Beavers (14-15), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Freddy Sandoval was 3-for-5 with his firsthome run and two RBIs and Terry Evans hit a two-run home run for the Bees (18-10), who have lost three in a row.
Blanks walked to start the two-out, ninth-inning rally; Emil Brown's double put runners on second and third before Kevin Howard was issued an intentional walk to load the bases for Huffman, who laced a two-out single to the corner in right field that barely eluded Evans.
The ninth-inning heroics capped a comeback evening for the Beavers, who trailed 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
5-1 midway through the fourth.
That's when Portland got a boost from Huffman and Blanks.
With Brown and Howard aboard in the bottom of the fourth, Huffman took Salt Lake starter Brad Knox deep to left to get the Beavers to within 5-4. An inning later, Blanks belted a game-tying solo homer.
When the dust settled, Greg Burke (3-0) was credited with the win and Daniel Davidson (0-1) suffered the loss.
Evans hit a two-run home run in the second and Sandoval added a solo shot in the third as the Bees got out their early lead.
The Beavers got a run back in the bottom of the third on Brett Dowdy's RBI double, but Salt Lake went back to work in the fourth, loading the bases and growing the lead to 5-1 thanks to a bases-loaded infield single from Sandoval and a sac fly from Chris Petit that plated Adam Pavkovich.
The Beavers play host to the Bees in the second game of their series Saturday night at PGE Park. Major league rehab starters Ervin Santana and Cha Seung Baek are scheduled to face off in the 7:05 p.m. game.
After dropping their final two games at Tacoma, the Salt Lake Bees were looking for a fresh start against the Portland Beavers on Friday.
Terry Evans got the Bees of to a good start with a two-run homer in the second inning, driving in Sean Rodriguez, who had singled with two outs.
Freddy Sandoval put the Bees up 3-0 with his first home run of the year in the top of the third.