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Baxter's Two-run Homer Lifts Beavers Over Bees

August 1, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with his team-leading 12th home run, a two-run shot in the first, and Josh Geer tossed seven solid innings to win his team-best eighth game as the Portland Beavers took the opener of a five-game series from the Salt Lake Bees 5-3 before 10,981 at PGE Park Saturday night.

After dropping five in a row to the Bees (54-53), the Beavers (41-66) beat them for the second straight night, as Cedric Hunter tallied his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games, going 2-for-5, and Luis Durango walked twice and scored twice while stealing his team-leading 30th base.

Geer (8-9) matched his season high by fanning six batters while yielding three runs on nine hits.

The Bees got all three runs on fourth-inning homers by Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger, and Peter Bourjos extended his PCL record for hits in a month to 56 by singling in the seventh.

Daniel Cabrera (0-2) lasted just two innings after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks.

Portland was to a quick start with three runs in the first inning. Durango walked, stole second, then scored on Hunter's single, which left fielder Michael Ryan misplayed. Baxter followed with a two-run shot down the right field line. The Beavers then loaded the bases with a strikeout and wild pitch and singles by Kyle Phillips and Sean Kazmar but were unable to push across any more runs.

Durango walked with one out in the second, moved to third on Hunter's single and scored on a wild pitch.

Up 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth, Wily Mo Pena beat out an infield single to short to add an insurance run for Portland. Josh Barfield would come into the game to pinch-run for Pena.

Adam Russell retired the side in the ninth to save his fifth game.

The Beavers and Bees continue their series at PGE Park Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. (Pacific) doubleheader. Sunday's games are also Strike-Out-Breast-Cancer Day, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure; the team will wear one-of-a-kind jerseys that will be auctioned off during the games.

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