Cooper collects three hits, two RBIs in 3-2 victory at Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY - Craig Cooper tallied three hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning to support Will Inman's six strong innings as the Portland Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark Friday night.
Inman (2-0) continued his terrific start to the 2010 season, yielding two runs on seven hits and two walks for the Beavers (10-10), who have won five straight road contests.
Cooper had a double among his three hits while finishing April with a team-high 14 RBIs. Aaron Cunningham was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
Adam Russell, Ryan Webb and Ernesto Frieri each hurled one scoreless frame behind Inman to close out the win. It was Frieri's fifth save in five chances this season.
Trevor Reckling (2-1) gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out four.
Mark Trumbo went 2-for-3 with an RBI double but it was not enough as the Bees (8-11) lost despite outhitting Portland 9-7.
With two outs in the first, Chris Denorfia, Cooper and Cunningham strung together three singles, the last of which drove home the first Portland run.
The Bees quickly tied it in the bottom of the frame as Peter Bourjos doubled to right before Kevin Frandsen, in his first at-bat as a Bee since being claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on Thursday, sent a single up the middle.
The teams exchanged zeros until the top of the fifth, when the Beavers loaded the bases with two outs against Reckling. Cooper followed with a sharp liner to right that plated two runs.
Salt Lake responded with one run in the bottom of the frame, but the damage could have been worse. Gary Patchett picked up a leadoff single and moved to second before a Michael Ryan walk. Trumbo followed with a double to right that plated Patchett, but Beavers right fielder Denorfia and shortstop Sean Kazmar executed a perfect relay to gun down Ryan at home and preserve the Beavers' lead.
The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes as the field was returned to playable conditions following a mix of rain and snow earlier in the day.
The Beavers and Bees will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Pacific).
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