(July 21, 2012) -- Salt Lake left-handed starter Greg Smith went 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run, to lead the Bees to a 4-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies Friday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Grizzlies (51-47) have dropped six straight games, which is a season-high.
The Grizzlies got off to a good start by breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. First baseman Brett Pill, who had singled, scored from second base on a single to left by left fielder Chris Dominguez, which made it 1-0 Fresno.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when Salt Lake third baseman Luis Jimenez led off with a home run to tie the game. The Bees (49-51) would add another run in the inning on a two-out single by designated hitter Paul McAnulty.
Fresno right-handed starter Eric Hacker (10-5) gave up the two fifth-inning runs. He lasted seven innings, gave up seven hits, three runs (all earned), walked two, struck out six and allowed one homer. Hacker remains winless since June 14 at Salt Lake.
The Bees would tack on single runs in the sixth on a single by Jimenez and in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Efren Navarro. Jimenez finished 4-for-4 with a homer, three singles and two RBI.
The Grizzlies would threaten in the eighth inning, but Bees right-hander Bobby Cassevah would strike out Fresno third baseman Conor Gillaspie and Pill to get out of trouble. Fresno then would go 1-2-3 in the ninth as Cassevah notched the save.
Game two of this scheduled four-game series will be on Saturday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark with a 6:05 p.m first pitch. Fresno will send left-hander Jason Stevenson (2-3) to the mound against Salt Lake righty Eddie McKiernan (5-2).