Edwin Jackson's 6 Shutout Innings boost Las Vegas

Edwin Jackson sparkled, allowing Sacramento three hits over six shutout innings and Mike Edwards homered and drove in three as Las Vegas won 5-0. Jacksonville scored eight runs for the third consecutive game and sailed home behind Chad Billingsley and Tydus Meadows' three-run homer. Chuck Tiffany earned his fourth win and Andy LaRoche hit his second home run as Vero stopped the Cubs 5-3. Columbus has yet to solve the Rome Braves, allowing six in the eighth to lose 10-5.

SACRAMENTO, California--Edwin Jackson combined with two relievers on a six-hitter, and Mike Edwards homered and drove in three runs to lead the Las Vegas 51s to a 5-0 whitewash of Sacramento. Jackson (1-1) limited the River Cats to three hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings. Mike Venafro pitched the seventh and Michael Neu finished up for Las Vegas, loading the bases in the ninth before recording three straight strikeouts. Edwards, who is second on the team with 14 RBI, singled in the only run the 51s needed in the top of the first inning. He capped the scoring in the seventh with a two-run homer, his third. Jose Flores had a run-scoring forceout in the fifth inning, and Joe Thurston drove in Las Vegas' other run with a double in the sixth.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Jacksonville scored eight runs for the third game in a row, resulting in their third consecutive win, 8-6 victory over Chattanooga. Billingsley's near-perfect four innings and Luis Gonzalez's three innings of shutout relief pitching held the Lookouts in check until the ninth. Tydus Meadows capped a five-run first inning with a three-run home run to stake Billingsley to a two-run lead. Meadows added two singles and a walk for a perfect night. The Suns' first three hitters, Todd Donovan, Brian Sprout and Russ Martin, all had a pair of hits. Derek Michaelis struggled with a 1-for-16 effort in the Suns' first 10 games, all at home. But since he has 10 hits in his last 24 at-bats, a .417 clip. After a 5-4 loss to Birmingham, the Suns' team batting average was .246, second-lowest in the Southern League. Since then, Jacksonville has knocked out 19, 12 and 10 hits in its last three games while scoring 31 runs, one more than they had scored in their previous nine games. CF Todd Donovan (hamstring) returned from a day off, going 2-for-5 with his league-leading ninth stolen base.

DAYTONA, Florida--Andy LaRoche hit his second home run of the road trip and Chuck Tiffany earned his fourth win as the Vero Beach Dodgers salvaged a 5-3 win. LaRoche finished 3-for-5 and A.J. Ellis knocked in two runs with a double to help Vero even their season record at 8-8. Daytona took the lead with a first inning run. The Dodgers took advantage of two walks in the fourth when Anthony Raglani and Justin Ruggiano both drew free passes and advanced on a wild pitch. Ellis smacked a two-run double. One batter later, Tony Abreu singled home Ellis to make it 3-1. Raglani padded the lead in the fifth with his first home run of the season. LaRoche added a dinger in the seventh to put it away.

ROME, Georgia--The Catfish continued to struggle against the Braves, falling 10-5 in their third straight loss. While the Catfish took the lead late in the eighth inning, Rome struck for six runs in the bottom half of the inning for the win, their sixth straight over the Fish. Both 1B Dan Batz and 3B Blake DeWitt went 2-for-4 in the loss with a double. RHP Zach Hammes was the losing pitcher for Columbus. Rome led 2-0 in the fourth but Columbus battled back with a sacrifice fly from SS Lucas May and an RBI double from Batz. Rome assumed a 4-2 lead when RHP Brian Akin walked in two Braves runners in the sixth. May drove home a run in the eighth with a grounder and later in the inning with the bases loaded, RF B.J. Richmond drew a walk to tie the game. Tied at four with the bags still jammed, C Juan Apodaca beat out a potential double-play grounder to give the Catfish a 5-4 lead. Rome scored six times in the bottom of the inning, getting five hits off Hammes and RHP Cory Wade.

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