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Center fielder Alexi Amarista showed the 3,646 fans who battled the rain Sunday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark why he just finished a call-up stint with the Los Angeles Angels.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the 10th inning, Padres second baseman Steve Tolleson hit a deep fly ball that was headed for the wall. Amarista took off and made an amazing diving catch in the gap that could have caused some major problems for the Bees in the extra inning.
"That was a fantastic play by Amarista," said Bees manager Keith Johnson. "Catching that ball over in right-center field, I didn't even think Alexi had a chance to get it because I had him over to the pull side, but it was just a fantastic catch."
The Bees managed to keep the Padres from scoring in the 10th to close them out for the second time in as many nights, 3-2.
Andrew Romine started the bottom of the inning off with a single, followed by a sacrifice fly from Amarista that moved him into scoring position.
Johnson then decided to bring Efren Navarro in to pinch hit for Paul McAnulty, and the decision paid off. The first baseman swung at the first pitch he saw and knocked in the walk-off single to bring Romine home for the win.
Sunday night's win means that the Bees ended July with a record of 14-14, ending a two-month streak in which the team hadn't reached .500 after going 12-10 in April. The win also gave the Bees their highest monthly win total for the season so far.
Bees batters were hitting a combined .310 for the month before Sunday's game, just shy of the .321 they hit in April.
"We've been playing pretty good ball lately," said Johnson. "So hopefully we'll continue that going into August and see where that leaves us."
Storylines Bees 3, Padres 2
R Salt Lake center fielder Alexi Amarista makes a diving catch in the top of the 10th.
• The Bees' Efren Navarro delivers the pinch-hit game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th.
• After finishing under .500 in May and June, the Bees finish 14-14 in July.