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updated: 6/11/2013 10:43 PM

Bees hold off Cougars

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By Daily Herald News Services

Both teams scored four times in the first inning, but the Burlington Bees got enough runs later to defeat the Kane County Cougars 7-6 on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

Sherman Johnson and Kyle Johnson drew consecutive walks to start the contest against Cougars starter Jose Rosario (0-3). Michael Bolaski singled home Sherman Johnson for the first run, then Andrew Ray blasted a 3-run homer over the scoreboard in left-center to put the Bees (24-36) ahead by 4 runs.

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In the bottom of the first, the Cougars (28-34) answered against Ryan Crowley (6-1). Albert Almora singled with one out and came home on a double by Jeimer Candelario. Two batters later, Willson Contreras crushed a 3-run homer to tie the game at 4-4.

The Bees reclaimed the advantage in the second when Anthony Bemboom doubled and scored on Kyle Johnson's sacrifice fly. In the third, Ray cracked a solo homer, and Chevy Clarke singled home Chance Ross to give the Bees a 3-run cushion.

Crowley kept the Cougars off the board until the sixth when Reggie Golden doubled to drive home Contreras and later scored on a passed ball.

Both bullpens were solid as Austin Adams and Robert Powell (first save) combined to shut out the Cougars through 323 innings. Shawn Camp and Brian Smith did the same over 4 innings against the Bees. Camp was making his first rehab appearance after being sidelined with a sprained toe. He allowed 1 hit in 1 inning with a strikeout.

The Cougars and Bees play the second of their three-game series today at 6:30 p.m. Cougars right-hander Tayler Scott (3-2) will start against righty Alex Keudell (4-2).

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