Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, powering the 51s to an 8-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Sunday in a Pacific Coast League game at Salt Lake City.
The home run, d’Arnaud’s 11th, gave Las Vegas (27-23) a 3-0 lead in the third inning en route to beating the Bees (25-26) for the seventh time in a row. The 51s’ cleanup hitter went 3-for-5, adding RBI doubles in the fifth and ninth.
Anthony Gose had two of Las Vegas’ 11 hits, scored three runs and stole two bases. The 51s stole seven in eight attempts, with Mike McCoy getting three.
Bobby Korecky (3-0) pitched two innings to get the win in relief of starter Bill Murphy, who lasted 3 2/3 innings. Jim Hoey recorded his first save.
51s third baseman Yan Gomes went 0-for-5 after being sent down by Toronto on Sunday. He hit .227 with two homers and five RBIs in eight games with the Blue Jays.
Toronto also summoned 51s right-handers Jesse Chavez and Chad Beck. Chavez, 6-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 starts for Las Vegas, pitched the final five innings of the Blue Jays’ 12-6 loss at Texas on Sunday, giving up three runs. Beck (1-0, 1.31) was mostly a closer for the 51s, compiling seven saves in 19 games.
The 51s’ bullpen situation is uncertain because the Blue Jays also designated right-hander Ryota Igarashi for assignment Sunday, only two days after he was called up from Las Vegas. Igarashi made two appearances totaling one inning against Texas and allowed four runs. The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade him, place him on waivers or release him.
Salt Lake has lost five straight. Juan Rincon (0-1) lasted only 2 2/3 innings, exiting after hitting Ricardo Nanita, the first batter after d’Arnaud’s homer.
The teams complete their four-game series at 5:35 p.m. today before the 51s move on to Tucson for games Tuesday through Friday.