Las Vegas Wins Third Straight

Las Vegas was the only club to claim a victory as they won their third in a row by dumping Fresno 10-6 with big hits from Tony Schrager, Chin-Feng Chen and Brian Myrow in the ninth. The Suns couldn't overcome an 8-0 Montgomery lead as Chad Billingsley was tagged with the 8-4 loss. Vero Beach got home runs from Tony Abreu and Andy LaRoche but dropped a 6-4 decision to Brevard County and an error handed Columbus a 7-6 loss to Savannah despite Jamie Hoffmann's double, a triple, and three RBI.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Las Vegas captured its third straight victory to improve to 13-11 on a four-run ninth inning that snapped a 6-6 tie. Shortstop Tony Schrager banged a two-run single for an 8-6 lead before left fielder Chin-Feng Chen doubled home the third run and first baseman Brian Myrow singled home the fourth run for a 10-6 win. Second baseman Joe Thurston was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the second inning off the Giants Matt Cain, their top pitching prospect, to give Las Vegas a 4-2 lead. Starter T.J. Nall pitched 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, 4 runs, walked 2 and struck out 1. Right-hander Aquilino Lopez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the victory (1-2). Right-hander Franquelis Osoria pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama--The Suns brought the tying run on deck twice in the seventh and eighth innings but could not overcome an eight-run deficit in an 8-4 loss to Montgomery in front of 6,810 schoolchildren at Riverwalk Stadium. A three-run home run off Suns starter Chad Billingsley gave the Biscuits a 5-0 lead. Billingsley (1-2) earned the loss and lasted five innings while giving up his first home run in 11 starts and allowing a career-high nine hits. The Suns scored three runs in the seventh on RBI hits by Delwyn Young and Nick Alvarez and Russell Martin's sacrifice fly. An RBI single by Sergio Garcia cut the lead to 8-4. Garcia and Tydus Meadows each had two hits to pace the Suns (12-14) who lost for the first time in May. SUNS SPOTS: The Suns stranded eight runners in scoring position. …The Suns have scored more than half their runs (66 of 127) from the seventh inning on. …Washington's home run was the first given up by Billingsley since July 28, 2004, spanning 11 starts. … Donovan stole two bases in the first inning, giving him a league-leading 15. He went 1-for-3 with two walks, turning around a 4-for-35 spell. … Young is 13-for-30 since being rested April 25-26. …The Suns fell to 3-1 in May. …RHP William Juarez allowed the first five batters to reach, giving up three runs, but then retired the final six batters he faced. ... Joe Block

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida--The Dodgers got home runs from Tony Abreu and Andy LaRoche, but dropped a 6-4 decision to Brevard County. Chuck Tiffany suffered his second straight loss to the Manatees, who snapped the Dodgers 4-game winning streak. Vero scored first on a first-inning leadoff home run from Abreu. Brevard County bounced back in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead. LaRoche smacked a leadoff homer in the fourth, his 8th of the year and second in the league. The Manatees rolled up a 6-2 before Matt Kemp tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Anthony Raglani in the 7th. In the ninth, LaRoche doubled with one out. Cory Dunlap, who went 2-4, followed with a single to make it 6-4. Kemp also singled, but the next two Dodgers struck out to end the game.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--An unearned run in the fourth inning gave Savannah a 7-6 loss when the Catfish were blanked over the last five frames. RHP Zach Hammes was the hard luck loser, giving up just one unearned run in the loss while striking out seven. Six Catfish batters had multi-hit games in the loss, which drops the Catfish to 8-18. The Sand Gnats scored a pair of runs in the first off Catfish RHP Landestoy Troncoso. Columbus used a four-run second to take the lead as 2B Jamie Hoffmann drove home a run with a double. After falling behind 6-4 after three, the Catfish rallied to tie the game in the fourth on Hoffman's two run triple, his league-leading fourth three-bagger. Savannah scored an unearned run to take a 7-6 lead in the fourth inning. 2B Brandon Carter had three hits for the Catfish, while Hoffmann went 2-4 with a double, a triple, and three RBI. SS Lucas May, 1B Dan Batz, 3B David Nicholson, and C Juan Apodaca each had two hits in the loss. Fish Bait--The Catfish are now 2-5 vs. Savannah after yesterday's doubleheader split. Four of the seven games in the season series have been decided by one run, and each game has ended with a winning margin of three runs or less. … The Catfish earned just their third road victory of the season in 14 games after yesterday's 2-0 win in Game 2. Two of the road wins have come at the expense of the Sand Gnats. … The Catfish rank 13th in the South Atlantic League with a .238 team batting average through 23 games. The Catfish are 8th in the league with 15 team HR. 2B Travis Denker leads the Catfish in BA (.286), HR (5), OBP (.417), SLG (.500), BB (20), and total bases (42). 3B Blake DeWitt leads the club with 16 RBI and 27 hits. SS Lucas May and CF Jamie Hoffmann have 26 hits in 2005. … Columbus has a 4.83 team ERA after 25 games (14th SAL) with three shutouts including RHP Blake Johnson's two hit, seven-inning masterpiece last night against Savannah. LHPs Wesley Wright and Carlos Alvarez had been close to perfect out of the bullpen. Wright has thrown 13.2 innings of shutout ball, and Alvarez tossed 11.2 innings before giving up his first run of the season in Saturday's 6-5 loss. RHP Cory Wade leads the team with two saves. … The Catfish have committed 35 errors in 25 games this season. The Catfish played perfect defense yesterday in both ends of the May 2doubleheader, the first time that Columbus has gone back-to-back games without a defensive miscue.