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WALKER RESCUES BUZZ IN CLUTCH

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The Salt Lake Buzz were one strike away from a heart-breaking loss Monday night at Sky Sox Stadium.

But Buzz third baseman Todd Walker, the Pacific Coast League's RBI leader, came through in the clutch to give Salt Lake a dramatic 8-7 victory. The Buzz improved to 29-23 in the second half of the PCL's split season with the win, but still trail division-leading Edmonton by six games.The Buzz, after blowing a four-run lead, trailed 7-6 with two outs and two on in the ninth inning. Sky Sox pitcher Mike Munoz, on injury rehab from the parent Colorado Rockies, quickly got two strikes on Walker. But after two foul balls kept Walker alive, he ripped an 0-2 Munoz offering to the wall in left-center field for a double to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Walker finished with five RBIs for the game. He hit his 18th homer of the season, a solo shot, to score Salt Lake's first run of the game and then followed it up with a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

Salt Lake trailed 2-1 after four innings, but scored five runs in the fifth with Walker's blast being the big blow, giving the Buzz a 6-2 lead.

Todd Walker wasn't the only man with that surname to have a big night, however. Larry Walker, the Colorado Rockies' star who is on injury rehab, drove in four runs with three of them coming on a homer in the bottom of the fifth to pull the Sky Sox to within one run at 6-5. A solo shot by Jay Gainer knotted the game and Colorado Springs regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Neifi Perez.

Buzz reliever Scott Watkins (4-6) earned the victory, while Pat Mahomes picked up his fourth save of the year. Munoz (1-1) was saddled with the loss.

The Buzz will continue their road trip when they begin a four-game series against the Albuquerque Dukes tonight. It's scheduled to be battle of lefties - Salt Lake's Dan Serafini against Albuquerque's Mark Mimbs.