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Pitcher’s error costly, Bees end Chaser streak

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake overcame five errors and took advantage of the one error Omaha committed to claim a 5-4 win Monday night that snapped the Storm Chasers’ six-game winning streak.

Christian Colon, Brian Fletcher and Pedro Ciriaco each had two hits for Omaha, but the Chasers were just 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

The winning streak was Omaha’s longest since a 10-game roll in June 2012.

Memphis also lost Monday, so Omaha maintained its three-game lead in the PCL’s American Conference North.

After giving up two early runs, Omaha starter Chris Dwyer (8-9) pitched four scoreless innings. However he faced three batters in the seventh and all of them scored, and all three runs were unearned as a result of Dwyer’s throwing error.

Dwyer was charged with five runs — two earned — on six hits in his six innings. He walked one and struck out two, and his ERA dropped slightly to 3.28 — still fourth-best in the PCL.

Former Omaha pitcher Billy Buckner started for Salt Lake and allowed one run — which was unearned — on five hits while walking three in four innings.

Reliever Jeremy Berg (5-0) gave up one run on three hits in three innings for the win, and Cory Rasmus pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and worked a one-two-three ninth for his second save.

Salt Lake scored single runs in each of the first two innings — cashing in on a Grant Green sacrifice fly in the first and then on a run-scoring double-play groundout in the second.

Omaha chipped away, though, and after a Gorkys Hernandez RBI single in the fourth cut the lead in half, the Chasers tied the game in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring single by Colon.

Salt Lake answered with its three in the bottom of the seventh.

Drew Heid’s sacrifice fly broke the tie, then Andrew Romine’s two-run triple gave the Bees a 5-2 lead.

Omaha crept within 5-4 in the eighth, with Manny Pina driving in a run on a groundout and another run scoring on an error by second baseman Matt Long. But, with two runners on base, Colon flied out for the final out of the inning.

While Johnny Giavotella (hip) and Anthony Seratelli (ankle) remained out with injuries, Chris Getz returned to Omaha — this time on an injury rehabilitation assignment — and went 1 for 3 before coming out after 51/2 innings.

Irving Falu replaced Getz and extended his on-base streak to a career-high 26 games by doubling in the seventh.

Also Monday, veteran Ben Broussard was named the Pacific Coast League’s player of the week. Broussard, 36, coming off a retirement of nearly four full seasons, hit .464 (13 for 28) with three doubles, one homer and five RBIs as Omaha went 6-1.

Broussard had a 12-game hitting streak snapped Monday. In 28 games with the Chasers he’s hitting .288 with two homers and 15 RBIs.

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