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Salt Lake edges Express

Austin American-Statesmen logo Austin American-Statesmen 6/10/2019 By American-Statesman Staff, Austin American-Statesman
a man holding a baseball bat in front of a crowd: Round Rock's Kyle Tucker, seen in an earlier game, homered in the first inning against Salt Lake. [Jamie Harms/for STATESMAN] © Jamie Harms/for STATESMAN/Austin American-Statesman/TNS Round Rock's Kyle Tucker, seen in an earlier game, homered in the first inning against Salt Lake. [Jamie Harms/for STATESMAN]

Matt Thaiss' two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning was the deciding blow as the Salt Lake Bees overcame the Round Rock Express 6-5 Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thaiss' blast, after a double by Taylor Ward, broke a 4-4 tie in the Pacific Coast League game. It allowed the Bees to withstand AJ Reed's solo home run in the top of the ninth and secure the victory for reliever Max Herrmann (1-1), who held Round Rock to five hits in four scoreless innings.

The Express started with a bang as Kyle Tucker homered with one out in the top of the first. Josh Rojas walked, Taylor Jones doubled, and they scored on Drew Ferguson's sacrifice fly and Nick Tanielu's single.

Salt Lake caught up in the second. Ty Kelly tripled and scored on Brennan Lund's double. Mario Sanjur singled, and a throwing error allowed Lund to score. Jose Rojas doubled in Sanjur to make it 3-3.

Round Rock went back on top in the third as Josh Rojas tripled and Jones doubled him home. But in the bottom half, Jarrett Parker walked, moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Lund's double.

Ronel Blanco (1-1) took the loss after surrendering two runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Corbin Martin, who gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings.

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