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As a six-game losing streak at Spring Mobile Ballpark can attest, well-played games have been a bit hard to come by for the Salt Lake Bees.
And in the first two games of the series against Colorado Springs, Bees pitchers yielded a terrifying 26 runs.
All of which makes Monday's 7-5 win a good one for the Bees. In front of 7,004 fans, Salt Lake played one of its more well-rounded games in recent weeks. The Bees benefited from timely hitting and took advantage of opportunities. And they got seven solid innings from starter Bear Bay, who picked up his fifth win of the season.
"We've been playing good ball lately, but we haven't put together a full game," Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. "Tonight we had good pitching, good defense and clutch hitting. … It's always good to beat teams in your division."
It was a win the Bees needed to avoid falling behind 3-0 in a series that was lopsided the first two games. In doing so, Salt Lake came up with 14 total hits, and four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, to blow the game open.
Efren Navarro had the big hit in the rally, a double that scored two runs. He went 3 for 4 and was one of five Bees with multiple hits.
The run support comforted Bay, who cruised through his night, yielding three earned runs while striking out six.
"Having a cushion was big," Bay said. "When you have a lead to work with, you can pitch a little differently. You can stay over the plate more and you can pitch for contact. It's not like when a game is close and you feel a little more pressure."
Raptors 7, Ghosts 0 • In Ogden, Raptors starter Raydel Sanchez pitched six shutout innings and combined with two relievers for a four-hitter in the Pioneer League win over Casper.
Chukars 11, Owlz 2 • In Idaho Falls, Idaho, the host Chukars roughed up Orem starter Baudilio Lopez for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over five innings to avoid a four-game sweep.
Bees 7, Sky Sox 5
R The Bees score 4 in the fifth inning to snap a six-game home losing streak.
• Bear Bay gets the win, moves to 5-4 this year.