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Todd Cunningham, Jefry Marte, Juan Graterol and Quintin Berry each had two hits Tuesday night, leading Salt Lake to a 7-5 victory over Memphis. In front of 3,868 fans at Smith's Ballpark, the Bees won their ninth straight home game.
Salt Lake bunched five hits during a five-run second, when it built a 6-1 lead. Rey Navarro and Berry doubled and scored. Sherman Johnson added a two-out, two-run single.
After Memphis rallied within a run with nobody out in the top of the eighth, Salt Lake reliever Cody Satterwhite pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the Bees' 6-5 lead.
Salt Lake starter Kyle McGowin wasn't overpowering, but he made pitches when it counted. In six innings, he allowed three runs on five hits. He stranded seven base runners five in scoring position.
With two out in the fourth, the Redbirds' Charlie Tilson hit a line drive into the hole. On a short hop, Salt Lake shortstop Ryan Jackson made a backhanded pickup and strong throw to retire the side.
"We're starting to play a pretty good brand of baseball." Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson
Pitcher A.J. Achter was designated for assignment by the Angels on Tuesday. He returns to Salt Lake, where he's 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA this season. In a related move, pitcher Chris Nuding was send to Double-A Arkansas.
On May 24, 2000, the Salt Lake and Fresno played the fastest game in franchise history. Mike Lincoln threw a two-hitter and the Buzz defeated the Grizzlies, 4-0, in one hour and 43 minutes.
Wednesday: Memphis (Arturo Reyes, 3-2) vs. Salt Lake (Chris Jones, 3-3), 6:35 p.m. PCL Standings
American North W L Pct. GB
Okla. City (Dodgers) 24 18 .571
Omaha (Royals) 25 19 .568
Colorado Springs (Brewers) 18 22 .450 5
Iowa (Cubs) 19 24 .442 5½
American South W L Pct. GB
Nashville (Athletics) 24 20 .545
Round Rock (Rangers) 24 20 .545
New Orleans (Marlins) 19 25 .432 5
Memphis (Cardinals) 17 24 .415 5½
Pacific North W L Pct. GB
Tacoma (Mariners) 28 17 .622
Reno (Diamondbacks) 21 23 .477 6½
Fresno (Astros) 18 25 .419 9
Sacramento (Giants) 18 27 .400 10
Pacific South W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake (Angels) 24 18 .571
Las Vegas (Mets) 24 19 .558
El Paso (Padres) 23 21 .523 2
Albuquerque (Rockies) 21 25 .457 5
Reno 4, New Orleans 1
Omaha 6, Albuquerque 1
Iowa 8, El Paso 3
Tacoma 3, Round Rock 0
Salt Lake 7, Memphis 5
Oklahoma City at Fresno, late
Colorado Springs at Sacramento, late
Nashville at Las Vegas, late
El Paso at Iowa, 11:08 a.m.
Oklahoma City at Fresno, 12:05 p.m.
Colorado Springs at Sacramento, 1:05 p.m.
Reno at New Orleans, 5 p.m.
Albuquerque at Omaha, 5:35 p.m.
Tacoma at Round Rock, 6:05 p.m.
Memphis at Salt Lake, 6:35 p.m.
Nashville at Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m.