TACOMA, Wash. -- Oh so close.
Jose Yepez' two-out RBI single capped off a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tacoma Rainiers an 8-7 win over the Salt Lake on Friday night in PCL play, handing the Bees their seventh straight loss.
Alex Liddi led off the ninth against Salt Lake reliever Kevin Jepsen with his second home run of the night to tie the game at 7-7. Mike Carp followed with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Two outs later, Jepsen (1-3) intentionally walked Johan Limonta to get to Yepez, who grounded a 1-0 pitch into centerfield to bring home Carp with the winning run.
The Bees had taken a 7-4 lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Auer, an RBI single by Kevin Melillo and a balk by Tacoma pitcher Josh Fields.
Carp's first homer with one runner on base in the sixth inning brought the Rainiers back to within one run.
Melillo and Navarro each had two hits to lead the Bees. Reggie Willits extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an infield single in the sixth.
The teams met late Saturday, and complete their series this afternoon.