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Bootcheck finally gets help from pen

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TUCSON — After two solid outings were spoiled by bullpen collapses, Chris Bootcheck was finally able to pick up a win Tuesday night with help from the relief corps as the Salt Lake Stingers knocked off the Tucson Sidewinders 3-1.

Bootcheck (5-6) was outstanding as he allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings. Not only did he strike out eight and not walk a batter, but he went to three balls in the count to only five of the hitters he faced.

Dusty Bergman took over in the eighth, but left with one out after giving up a run on three hits. Matt Hensley came on and Corey Myers reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Unlike the last two games that Bootcheck started and left with the lead, this time the bullpen came through as Hensley struck out Doug DeVore on a 1-2 pitch and fanned Kyle Nichols on three pitches to end the inning. Hensley worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his third save.

Alex Pelaez was the hitting star for the Stingers as he delivered a pair of two-out RBI singles. The first gave Salt Lake a 1-0 lead in the second. The other brought home Jake Thrower with the third and final run of the game. Wil Nieves knocked home the second Stingers run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

The win gave Salt Lake three out of four in Tucson, their first series win on the road since they swept the Grizzlies four straight in Fresno April 16-19.

NOTES: Pitcher Mike Brunet is out indefinitely with a herniated disk in his back. Brunet had a similar problem with the same disk four years ago . . . Bootcheck's start was his 51st as a Stinger, which moves him past Travis Miller into fourth on the franchise's all-time list. Current Oakland A's pitcher Mark Redman is the all-time leader with 71 starts.

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