A five-run third inning was the beginning of the end for the visiting Burlington Bees on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark as the Kane County Cougars (39-39, 5-3) ran off with an 8-1 victory.
It was the Cougars eighth straight victory over the Bees.
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Michael Antonio keyed Kane County's high-powered offense by going 2-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI.
Kyle Smith benefitted from all the offense but only lasted 4 innings while blanking the Bees (37-40, 5-3) on 4 hits.
Andrew Triggs (1-0) relieved Smith in the fifth and worked the final 5 innings while giving up just 1 run. Triggs fanned five and coughed up 5 hits en route to picking up the first win of his professional career.
The Cougars made an error in the ninth inning which kept them short of a team-high third straight game without an error.