Richmond, booming bats spark 51s’ win

Scott Richmond struck out seven in six solid innings, and Moises Sierra and Travis d’Arnaud hit home runs to carry the 51s to an 8-4 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday in a Pacific Coast League game at Salt Lake City.

The 51s (4-11) snapped a five-game losing streak, pounding out 14 hits, with each batter getting at least one.

Richmond (1-1) allowed three runs, all with two outs in the fourth inning, and six hits. He walked none.

Las Vegas never trailed, scoring two runs in both the third and fourth innings and three in the fifth.

D’Arnaud hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth, and Mike McCoy added an RBI triple in the inning.

David Cooper, who had three hits, had an RBI single in the fifth and scored on Sierra’s fourth homer, a two-run blast that chased Salt Lake starter Trevor Bell (1-2). Cooper added an RBI double in the seventh.

Anthony Gose, Yan Gomes and Travis Snider had two hits apiece for the 51s, with the latter raising his average to .431. Adeiny Hechavarria supplied an RBI single, and Snider drove in a run with a groundout.

Salt Lake’s only uprising against Richmond came in the fourth. Ryan Langerhans and Efren Navarro singled with two out, Robinzon Diaz followed with an RBI double and Ed Lucas hit a two-run double.

Bell (1-2) allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings for the Bees (10-5). They had won four in a row, beating the 51s in the first two games of the series, 3-2 on Tuesday and 6-4 on Wednesday.

The teams wrap up the series at 5:35 p.m. today before the 51s return to Cashman Field on Saturday to face Colorado Springs, opening an eight-game, nine-day home stand.

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