Buzz 10, Cubs 4
DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines native Casey Blake had a successful homecoming Saturday night as he led the Salt Lake Buzz to a 10-4 Pacific Coast League rout of the Iowa Cubs.
Blake snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with an RBI single to left off losing pitcher Phil Norton (6-13). He then broke the game open with a seventh inning grand slam. Overall, Blake went 3-for-5 with five RBIs.
The seven-run outburst in the seventh was more than enough offensive support for Salt Lake's Alan Mahaffey (7-2), who allowed only one run on four hits for the victory.
The win was Mahaffey's third straight.
Brian Buchanan singled in the Buzz first run in the third inning, his 100th RBI of the year.
The second game of the four-game series is set for Sunday.