Nix Clubs Two Homers to Lead Sounds

Laynce Nix smacked his 18th and 19th homers to lift Nashville to victory, while West Virginia improved to 26-9 in second half. Helena got three homers during rout.

Nashville

The Sounds were the ones who rallied this time. One night after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth, Nashville overcame a 2-1 deficit with one run in the sixth and four more in the seventh to post a 6-2 triumph against Portland on Monday night.

In the opener of the teams' only series this season, Nashville broke a tie game by sending nine batters to the plate. Catcher Vinny Rottino ignited the surge with a one-out double. Pinch hitter Chris Woodward walked and second baseman-left fielder Hernan Iribarren doubled in Rottino. Right fielder Tony Gwynn then grounded a two-run single to center. Third baseman Joe Dillon walked and center fielder Laynce Nix doubled in the final run.

That capped a big night for Nix, who smacked solo homers, his 18th and 19th, in the fourth and sixth innings to finish 4 for 4 with three RBIs.

Troy Cate (2-2) registered only one out in relief of starter Chris Narveson, but got the win as Randy Choate and Tim Dillard each tossed scoreless innings to preserve the win. Narveson went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs four hits and four walks while striking out six.

Huntsville

The Stars dropped their fourth contest in a five-game series at Carolina, falling to 18-17 in the second half but remained only a game behind the Mudcats (19-16) and Tennessee in the Southern League's North Division.

Four Mudcats pitchers allowed nine hits but allowed the visitors single runs in the first and ninth innings in the 5-2 victory as Huntsville scored a woeful 11 runs total in the series.

Huntsville's runs scored on third baseman Mat Gamel's groundout and catcher Angel Salome's ninth homer. Gamel finished 2 for 4 and pushed his average back up to .361 and his league-leading RBI total to 82, while shortstop Guilder Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a double.

Right-hander Alexandre Periard showed well in his first start and appearance with the Stars after going 9-6 at Brevard County, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. The Mudcats, who won 11 of 16 meetings with Huntsville, put the game away with three runs against Omar Aguilar in the seventh. Aguilar walked three and gave up one hit.

The Stars hope to bounce back with a 10-game home stand that starts Monday with five contests against Montgomery.

Brevard County

The Manatees (14-21) suffered a tough 2-1 setback at first-half winner Palm Beach, as the Cardinals reached Mike Ramlow (2-1) for three singles in the bottom of the ninth.

Three Palm Beach hurlers limited Brevard County to five hits, the lone run scoring on Jonathan Lucroy's fifth homer leading off the sixth. Lucroy finished 2 for 4 as his average bumped up to .333.

Manatees' starter John Axford deserved a better fate, the only run during his six-inning stint scoring on an error in the third. Axford scattered six hits and struck out four with only one walk.

Brevard County begins a seven-game home stand Monday with three contests against St. Lucie.

West Virginia

The visiting Power jumped to a 4-1 advantage in the second inning and survived a three-run ninth in posting a 7-6 victory, their second straight over Lake County.

West Virginia (26-9) maintained its four-game margin over Lakewood in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, highlighted by center fielder Lee Haydel's three hits and catcher Eric Fryer's seventh homer.

Haydel tripled home the Power's first run and Fryer clubbed his two-run shot to left to cap the four-run uprising. Haydel finished 3 for 5 with two runs, Fryer was 2 for 5, second baseman Eric Farris went 2 for 5 with a double and shortstop Matt Cline was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Farris is hitting .417 during his last 10 games, going 20 for 48 with 12 runs and 11 RBIs.

Southpaw starter Evan Anundsen (10-4) worked the first five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks. Lucas Luetge worked a scoreless sixth, but Wes Etheridge was charged with three runs in two innings. Curtis Pasma recorded two outs and Corey Frerichs got the final out to post his ninth save.

Helena

The Brewers (19-18) bounced back from three straight losses with an offensive explosion, ripping 15 hits, including three two-out homers, to register a 14-4 victory over Missoula.

Designated hitter Corey Kemp blasted a two-run shot in the fourth, Erik Komatsu hammered a three-run round-tripper in the fifth and Brock Kjeldgaard smacked a solo homer in the seventh.

And that didn't account for most of the Brewers' six-run uprising in the fourth. David Fonseca lined an RBI double to ignite the outburst and Christopher Dennis brought home two more with his two-bagger to right before Kemp's long ball finished it off.

Rico Salmon started and pitched four scoreless innings, while Nestor Corredor (1-0) got the win despite giving up three runs in three innings.

Arizona

The Brewers raced to an 8-0 advantage in the top of the fourth but let it all slip away as the Cubs scored once in the sixth, twice in the seventh and five times in the eighth to rally for a 9-8 triumph.

The visitors dropped to 6-21, while the second-place Cubs improved to 17-10.

The Brewers received two hits and three RBIs from second baseman Allixon Cequea and three more RBIs from left fielder Miguel Vasquez and two from catcher Orton Rodriguez, but their pitching let them down.

The Brewers jumped to a 4-0 lead in their first at-bat. Cutter Dykstra, Chris Errecart, on a rehab assignment from Huntsville, and Jose Garcia walked with one out. With two outs, Cequea was hit by a pitch. Then Vasquez tripled to center to clear the bases.

They added three runs in the third. Garcia doubled with one out and went to third on Joey Paciorek's single. Cequea singled and one out later Rodriguez brought home two with single.

Brewers' starter Seth Lintz made his third appearance, overcoming two walks and three hits with three strikeouts during his two-inning stint. He hasn't allowed an earned run in five innings.

Blakeney Billings made his debut with a hitless inning and Francisco Rivero gave up an unearned run in his first appearance, while Jorge Crespo also was charged with an unearned run in two innings. However, Shane Hill was touched for two runs in two-thirds of an inning and Edwin Linares (2-1) was ripped for five hits and five runs in 1.1 innings.


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