Columbus Enjoys Shutout Pitching in 1-0 win

Las Vegas saw a five run lead turn into a 8-7 loss despite Cody Ross' three-run double. Edwin Jackson allowed four runs in six innings. Montgomery dropped Jacksonville 2-1 with a run in the last of the ninth when a double-play attempt was broken up by a hard-sliding runner. Vero Beach was rained out and will play two today and Columbus got sparkling pitching by Chris Malone, RHP Brian Akin and LHP Carlos Alvarez in a 1-0 win.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s let one slip away when Fresno rallied from a 7-2 deficit to record a 8-7 victory, ending their three game winning streak and dropping to 13-12. The 51s scored six runs in the third inning with Cody Ross slugging a three-run double and starter Edwin Jackson going 2-for-2 in the big inning. Fresno scored for a single run in the fourth inning, two each in the fifth and seventh and a solo run in the ninth inning. Jackson pitched 6 innings, allowed 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), walked 3 and struck out 4. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 hits and 2 runs. Right-hander Tom Farmer pitched the ninth inning and allowed 1 run to suffer the loss (1-1). Second baseman Joe Thurston was 2-for-4 and third baseman Willy Aybar was 2-for-3, with a double and 2 RBI.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama--The Montgomery Biscuits scored a run in the last of the ninth to beat the Suns, 2-1. Reliever Jason Olson gave up a lead off double in the bottom of the ninth and after two intentional walks and a force out at home plate, a potential double-play ball resulted in a force at second but second baseman Delwyn Young was taken out cleanly by a Biscuits baserunner and the throw to first base was not in time. The Suns (12-15) did not have a baserunner in scoring position until the eighth when Derek Michaelis singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Russell Martin dropped a bloop single, scoring Michaelis and tying the game, 1-1. Suns starter Jonathan Broxton pitched six innings, allowing two hits and one run on a bloop RBI double in the fifth inning. It ended Broxton's streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. SUNS SPOTS: The loss was the Suns' ninth one-run defeat. … …LHP Luis Gonzalez pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings and has not allowed a run in 17 innings this season. …CF Todd Donovan has five hits in his last 42 at bats. --Joe Block.

VERO BEACH, Florida--Vero Beach and Brevard County were rained out and the game will be made up as part of a double header today. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, everyone wearing a sombrero will be admitted for free, plus the first 500 fans through the gate receive a Dodger blue cheer maraca.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--RHP Chris Malone threw six scoreless innings in his first professional start, and RHP Brian Akin and LHP Carlos Alvarez held the Augusta GreenJackets in check for three innings, as the Catfish picked up a 1-0 victory. The shutout is the fourth of the season tossed by the Catfish and the second in three games. A season-high 2,067 at Golden Park saw the Catfish improve to 9-18. At one point, Malone retired 12 batters in a row and threw just 67 pitches over six innings, allowing just three hits. In the fourth, 1B Dan Batz drew a two-out walk and advanced to third when SS David Nicholson's hard hit grounder went off the second baseman's glove. Batz scored when Nicholson was picked off first, but the Catfish runner stayed in the rundown long enough for Batz to scamper home. LHP Carlos Alvarez earned his first save of the year for the Fish. Alvarez entered the game leading 1-0 in the eight with a runner aboard. Only CF Jamie Hoffmann had more than one hit. Fish Bait:The Catfish have played nine one-run games in 2005, losing seven and winning just two. … The Catfish are 8th in the league with 15 team HR. 2B Travis Denker leads the Catfish in BA (.284), HR (5), OBP (.416), SLG (.489), BB (21), and total bases (43). CF Jamie Hoffmann and SS Lucas May pace the ballclub with 28 hits in 2005. The Catfish remain in 8th place in the league with 15 team HR.

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