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Salt Lake Bees can't hold on to big lead against the Tacoma Rainiers

TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma Rainiers rallied from a six-run deficit to edge the Salt Lake Bees 8-7 on Friday night.

The Bees got off to a good start, as they scored five runs in the top of the first. They led 3-0 just three batters into the game, as Mike Trout doubled and scored on a triple by Kole Calhoun, who then came home on a home run by Hank Conger. Salt Lake would add two more on a double by Doug Deeds.

The Bees led 7-3 going into the bottom of the seventh when reliever Loek Van Mil allowed four straight hits, which brought the Rainiers back to within two.

Francisco Rodriguez came on to pitch and gave up an RBI double to Vinnie Catricala. A sacrifice fly by Adam Moore tied the game and Catricala scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch by Rodriguez (0-1).

Deeds and Trout each had two hits to lead the Bees, while Calhoun, Conger and Ed Lucas each had two runs batted in. Matt Shoemaker started for Salt Lake and pitched six solid innings, as he allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

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Top performance: Hank Conger collected 2 RBIs on a home run as part of five runs in the first inning for the Bees.

Record: 1-1

Up next: tonight at Tacoma, 8 p.m.

Next homestand: April 13-20 vs. Tucson/Las Vegas