Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 | 11:39 p.m.
The Las Vegas 51s surrendered a run in the eighth and ninth innings today in losing to Salt Lake, 4-3, in the first game of a best-of-5-game Pacific Coast League championship series.
Salt Lake’s Matt Long hit a game-ending home run in the ninth to give the Bees a 1-0 series lead.
Las Vegas scored twice in the first inning for an early lead, using a two-run single from Dustin Lawley to plate Ruben Tejada and Eric Campbell for a 2-0 advantage.
Mike Baxter went 2 for 4 for the 51s, scoring in the third inning after leading off the inning with a triple.
Las Vegas led 3-2 entering the bottom of the eighth and needed six outs for the win. However, Salt Lake scored once in the eighth when Scott Cousins singled home UNLV product Efren Navarro with the tying run.
Las Vegas, the Pacific Southern division champs and playing in the postseason for the first time since 2002, was retired in order in the ninth. Long’s game-winning home run came with two outs in Salt Lake’s half of the last inning.
The second game of the series is Thursday.