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After visiting Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas, the Salt Lake Bees returned to the 45-degree discomfort of Spring Mobile Ballpark on Saturday night.
They stayed red-hot.
Chris Pettit's two-out, three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning rallied Salt Lake a 9-8 Pacific Coast League victory over Tacoma.
In front of 5,862 chilled fans, the Bees extended their winning streak to four games. They have won six of their last seven.
"With the fundamentals of the game, we're doing a good job," said manager Keith Johnson. "... Our pitchers are throwing strikes and we're playing [good] defense."
Salt Lake improved to 11-5 this season, including 6-1 in one-run games.
"I have no complaints about the way we're going about our business," Johnson said.
In this game, Tacoma owned a 7-4 lead before the Bees scored twice in the seventh inning and three on Pruitt's bases-loaded double in the eighth.
With two out and the bases loaded, he drilled a fierce line drive that handcuffed Rainier shortstop Sean Kazmar.
The ball deflected into short left field as the three runners raced home.
"We got a really lucky bounce," said Pettit, who went 3 for 5 despite temperatures that were almost 50 degrees colder than what the Bees experienced in Tucson and Las Vegas.
"You just have to fight through it," he said.
The Bees jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
With two out, Jeff Baisley singled home Pettit, who had singled and gone to second on Alexi Amarista's infield out.
Jeremy Moore, who went 3 for 4, followed with a triple to left center field.
Salt Lake made it 3-0 in the third when Baisley singled and went to second on Tacoma leftfielder Mike Carp's error.
After he moved to third on a wild pitch, Baisley scored easily when Moore lined another two-out hit.
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R Chris Pettit's three-run double in the eighth inning rallies Salt Lake to a 9-7 win.
• The Bees improve to 11-6 for the season with their fourth straight win.