Guzman, Loney Unload for Jacksonville

Two of the Dodgers top prospects, Joel Guzman and James Loney, combined for nine hits between them as Jacksonville slugged Birmingham 15-8. Heath Totten had a strong performance to boost Las Vegas to a 3-2 win. Vero Beach (2-1) and Columbus (5-4) each lost tough ones in the last of the ninth.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The 51s defeated the Salt Lake Stingers, 3-2, to improve to 5-2 on the home stand and 7-6 overall. Right-hander Heath Totten (2-1) pitched 7.2 solid innings allowing 6 hits, 2 runs and collecting 4 strikeouts. Mike Venafro retired all four batters he faced to earn his first save. Right fielder Cody Ross delivered the game winning hit with a solo home run to right field to lead off the seventh inning. Totten gained some weight in the offseason, the 6-foot-3-inch right-hander moving up to 220. He led all Dodgers minor leaguers in innings pitched the past two years, and his durability is what scouts admire as his best asset. Manager Jerry Royster decided 94 pitches was the limit for Totten. Henri Stanley led off with a homer for Las Vegas, which tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning on Brian Myrow's double that scored Jose Flores. Ross' shot in the seventh was his third homer this season. Shortstop Jose Flores went 1-for-3 and is hitting .405 to lead the 51s.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--The Suns broke a three-game losing skid to beat the Birmingham Barons, 15-8, recording their best offensive game of the season. A pair of top Dodger prospects, Joel Guzman and James Loney, led the attack with nine hits between them. Guzman went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two singles and a walk and has reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances. It raised his average from .267 to .340. Loney went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, a single and a walk. Loney and Guzman hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth. The Suns (6-8) first seven runs camel with two outs and they scored eight runs in the final three innings to pull away. Tydus Meadows hit a two-run single on a 3-2 pitch in the third inning to give the Suns a 4-2 lead. Every player reached base, including Jimmy Rohan who replaced Todd Donovan in the lineup in the sixth inning. Donovan left the game after he tweaked his left hamstring beating out an infield single. SUNS SPOTS: Eric Hull (1-1) became the first starting pitcher to win for the Suns. …The Suns' victory snapped the Barons' seven-game winning streak and it was the team's first on the road in four tries this season. …The Suns' 19 hits were the most since April 17, 2004. … Beau Dannemiller allowed three runs in the ninth after entering with a 10-run lead.

DAYTONA, Florida--Andy LaRoche led off the ninth inning with a home run to tie the game at 1-1, but Daytona countered with the winning run in the bottom of the inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Dodgers dropped to 7-7. Daytona scored in the first inning and held that lead until the LaRoche home run in the ninth. Starter Joel Hanrahan worked three innings and allowed just one run. Alvis Ojeda made his 2005 debut and pitched four scoreless relief innings. The Cubs' starter retired 15 straight hitters from the end of the first through the sixth innings and nine Dodgers struck out.

ROME, Georgia--Trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Braves scored three times off RHP Zach Hammes to beat the Catfish 5-4. Hammes walked in the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning for his first blown save of the season. 2B Travis Denker had a career day, hitting a solo HR in the 4th inning, a three-run HR in the 5th inning, and finished 3-4 in the loss. Denker now leads the club with four home runs and has homered three times in the last two games. The Catfish trailed 2-0 before Denker's solo shot in the fourth. In the fifth Sam Steidl and CF Jamie Hoffmann drew walks to lead off the inning. With one out, Denker hit a shot over the left field wall for a three-run HR, giving Columbus a 4-2 lead. The Catfish still have not won back-to-back games this season.

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