Broxton keys Suns Win and Fish Break Losing Streak

A tie-breaking single in the ninth gave Sacramento a 4-3 win over Los Vegas despite three hits each by Chin-Feng Chen and Mike Rose. Brian Sprout went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Jonathan Broxton tossed six scoreless innings as Jacksonville beat Chattanooga 5-2. A dropped popup erased Julio Pimentel's six-inning, two-hit performance against Jupiter in a 3-2 loss. Columbus broke a six-game losing streak in a 7-0 win behind sparkling pitching, keyed by Brandon Weeden's five shutout innings.

SACRAMENTO, California--A tie-breaking, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning gave Sacramento a 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas. Chin-Feng Chen showed why he received 99 percent of the vote as the 51s most popular player on the club's website with a 3-for-3 day that raised his batting average to .362. Chen also has a team-high 18 RBI, which also leads the PCL. Rose had three hits, two of which were doubles and two RBI. A leadoff homer in the first inning gave the River Cats an early 1-0 lead off starter Pat Mahomes. A two-run homer in the second boosted the margin to 3-0. In the fourth, Chen singled and scored on Mike Rose's double to give the 51s their first lead. In the sixth, Willy Aybar doubled and scored on Chen's sacrifice fly and Mike Rose doubled home Cody Ross. Franquelis Osoria replaces Mahomes in the seventh and allowed three singles but center fielder Nick Theodoreau threw a runner out at the plate. Sacramento won in the bottom of the ninth when Mike Venafro (0-1) gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, two walks and a game-winning single.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--The Suns won their fourth consecutive game, beating Chattanooga 5-2. Brian Sprout went 3-for-4 with three RBI and boosted the Suns (9-8) to an early lead. He hit his first home run of the season to give the Suns a 1-0 lead. Nick Alvarez doubled to right field scoring Tydus Meadows from first when the Lookout outfielder mishandled the ball, giving the Suns a 2-0 lead. Sprout helped the Suns extend their advantage in the fifth by hitting his first triple of the season, plating starting pitcher Jonathan Broxton (1-1) who earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings and scattering four hits, while striking out four. Russell Martin drove in Sprout later in the fifth inning, singling to center to boost Broxton to a four-run lead. Sprout also drove in Jimmy Rohan in the seventh with a single helping ensure the Suns to their first sweep over the Lookouts since 1998. Suns reliever Jason Olson survived a late rally to earn his first save of the season, working 2.1 innings, allowing two hits while also striking out four. Rohan had his first two-hit game of the season and played second base for the first time.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Vero dropped a 3-2 game to Jupiter and fell to 9-9 on the season. Julio Pimentel pitched another great game, in six innings he gave up only two hits and one run while walking three and striking out six. The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh inning. Cory Dunlap, who was 3-for-4 in the game, led off with a single and Justin Ruggiano walked. Ryan Russ bunted and reached first base when Jupiter unsuccessfully tried for a force at third. Dunlap came home on a wild pitch to tie the score and Ruggiano scored on a sacrifice fly from Trey Dyson to make it 2-1. The Hammerheads tied it up in the eighth off reliever Jared Plummer. Mark Alexander came in allowed a sacrifice fly to tie it at two. Alexander lost the game in the ninth but had some help. After a one-out single and a passed ball, former VB Dodger Reggie Abercrombie's pop dropped between three Dodger defenders as the winning run scored.

ROME, Georgia--Second baseman Travis Denker homered and drove in two runs as Columbus won the finale of a four-game series beating Rome 7-0. RHP Brandon Weeden picked up the win with five shutout innings, and left-handers Wesley Wright and Carlos Alvarez threw the final four without allowing a run as the Catfish snapped a six-game losing streak to the Braves. Denker hit his fifth home run of the season in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. They added a run in the fourth, Sam Steidl drove had RBI single in the sixth, and the Fish tacked on another run on an error. In the 9th inning, Columbus got three in the ninth on a Denker sacrifice fly in the ninth and a double by DH Lucas May. Wright pitched three scoreless innings for the Catfish in relief to extend his shutout streak to 12.2 innings, and Alvarez's scoreless ninth extends his scoreless streak to 10.2 innings.

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