Efren Navarro drove in a pair of runs to power the visiting Salt Lake Bees to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday evening at Greer Stadium.
Salt Lake right-hander Garrett Richards (6-3) turned in a solid start for the Bees to earn the victory, holding Nashville to one run on five hits while striking out seven batters over 8 1/3 innings.
Sounds starter Brian Baker continued his recent string of outstanding pitching performances with five scoreless innings but Salt Lake scored two runs against the Nashville bullpen to claim the victory.
The right-hander took a no-decision he allowed only two hits and issued four walks while striking out six batters in his five frames. In his last nine outings for the Sounds, Baker has posted a 3.02 ERA (15er/44.2ip).
Baker worked into and out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth. After Luis Jimenez led off with a single and Kole Calhoun and Navarro drew consecutive walks, the right-hander recovered to strike out Ryan Langerhans and Cory Aldridge in succession before inducing an inning-ending groundout from Ed Lucas.
Nashville broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth with a run off Richards. The Sounds loaded the bases on singles by Caleb Gindl and Khris Davis followed by a two-out walk drawn by Sean Halton. Logan Schafer followed with an RBI infield single to Gindl with the night's first run.
Salt Lake knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the sixth against Sounds reliever Jesus Sanchez. Jimenez -- who scored both of the Bees' runs in the game -- drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a Calhoun single, and raced home with the tying run on Navarro's sacrifice fly to center.
The Bees took the lead in the eighth against Donovan Hand. Jimenez reached on a one-out single and scored on Navarro's two-out RBI double to left-center to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.
The Sounds, who etched out last at-bat wins the previous two evenings -- mounted a late rally once again in the ninth. With one out, Taylor Green and Sean Halton recorded back-to-back singles to chase Richards from the contest. Bobby Cassevah took over on the Salt Lake hill and retired Schafer and Jason Jaramillo on flyouts to secure the victory and notch his eighth save of the year.
Hand (3-3) was saddled with the loss after surrendering the deciding run in his two innings of action.
The clubs wrap up their four-game season series with a 7:05 p.m. finale on Monday. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.40) will make his Greer Stadium debut when he mans the bump for the Sounds to face Salt Lake southpaw Brad Mills (5-7, 5.09).
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