It was one of those big giveaway games you only see in minor league baseball Friday at the Albuquerque Sports Stadium. Some 3,000 kazoos, courtesy of a local radio station, were given to fans as they entered the park. But that wasn't all.

Both teams gift-wrapped big innings for their opponent early.The Salt Lake Buzz gave away a huge lead to the Albuquerque Dukes only to have Bernardo Brito give the kazoo-tooters and their hometown team heartache. The Buzz won 9-8.

Salt Lake is now 2-0 on the young season, while the defending Pacific Coast League champs fell to 0-2.

One-half inning after the Dukes took their only lead of the game, Brito - the active minor-league home-run hitter - launched a game-winning, two-run shot over the right-centerfield fence in the eighth inning.

"I'm just doing my job," said Brito after his 279th minor league homer. "Right away, I knew it was going out."

Brito says he expects to be called up to the parent Minnesota Twins when the major league season starts later this month. Even though it would hurt his team, Buzz manager Phil Roof hopes the 32-year-old slugger is right.

"I'd love to see (Brito get a chance with the Twins)," Roof said. "I know the Twins think a lot of him."

For the second night in a row, Salt Lake got strong relief pitching from veteran Buzzmen Matt Stevens and Scott Watkins. Stevens, who had a save in the season opener Thursday, pitched the Buzz out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth, while Watkins earned Friday night's save by inducing pinch hitter Tom Prince to fly out to center, ending the game. Reliever Shawn Bryant (1-0) earned the victory.

The Dukes took their short-lived lead in the seventh inning. Clearly inspired by the stirring 3,000-plus kazoo rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" moments earlier, Dukes right fielder Billy Lott, the first hitter in the inning, broke a 7-7 tie with a homer to left.

The Buzz took a big lead after a first inning gift. Dukes shortstop Wilton Guerrero bobbled a routine grounder with two outs and the bases loaded to allow the first run to score. The Buzz continued to capitalize by scoring six unearned runs - the biggest blow being catcher Damian Miller's two-run single to left.

The Buzz went ahead 7-0 when Brito singled home Dan Masteller in the fourth.

The Dukes got right back into the game, however, scoring five unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth after an error by starting pitcher Mike Misuraca. The Dukes knotted the game in the fifth on a two-out, two run single by pinch hitter Ron Maurer.

"They gave us some runs, we gave them some runs, but we came out with one more than they did," Roof said.

The Buzz and Dukes will be back at it tonight at 7. Albuquerque lefty John O'Donoghue will be on the mound against Salt Lake's Marc Barcelo. The series will conclude Sunday with a 1 p.m. The Buzz will open at home at home Monday night against the Vancouver Canadians.