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Buzz bats blast Las Vegas again

Buzz 14, Stars 3It wasn't all that long ago -- June 6 to be exact -- when the Buzz found themselves 10 games under .500. The outlook was bleak. After losing three straight at home to Edmonton, Salt Lake was about to embark on an eight-game road trip.

All the ingredients for an impending disaster were in place.

However, before anyone could shield his eyes, notify the proper authorities or clear the area, the situation was defused.

The Buzz began to win -- and win consistently. Tuesday's 14-3 victory over Las Vegas at Franklin Covey Field capped Salt Lake's fifth consecutive non-losing series. With 14 triumphs in 20 outings, the Buzz have improved their record to 36-38 and moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Fresno in the Southern Division.

"We're on a nice run," said Buzz manager Phil Roof. "The last road trip and this homestand have been phenomenal the way the boys have been playing."

Happy, but not content, Roof is looking for more in the 14 games (10 at home) before the all-star break.

"The way were playing; the way we feel good about ourselves; and the way we're going out and competing I expect us to be above .500 by the break," said Roof.

It won't be a problem if the Buzz can continue what they've done in their past two outings. After rapping out 14 hits (including four home runs) in a 13-3 victory Monday, Salt Lake unloaded 14 more in the series finale -- recording its biggest margin of victory this season.

The Buzz pulled away from the Stars by scoring seven runs over the fourth and fifth innings. Salt Lake, which later added four runs in the eighth, held a 3-2 advantage prior to the initial outburst.

George Williams hit a three-run homer for the Buzz, while David Ortiz also drove in three RBI. Dan Cey and Eddie Williams each added three hits to the mix.

Buzz starter Mark Redman picked up his sixth consecutive victory. He allowed five hits and struck out four in five innings while improving to 7-4 on the season.

Salt Lake opens a four-game series at Tucson (Arizona Diamondbacks) on Wednesday. Buzz RHP Rob Radlosky (4-0, 3.48 ERA) and Sidewinders RHP Erik Sabel (2-0, 2.73) are the scheduled starters.

BEE LINES: The attendance was 8,639 . . . Brian Buchanan extended his hitting streak to 16 games -- two away from equaling the team record . . . The Buzz are now 18-19 at home and on the road this season . . . Tuesday's contest concluded a 12-game homestand for the Buzz. Salt Lake returns home again July 4-11 . . . Postgame fireworks are slated for July 4-5. Tickets are available.