Vegas, Jaxs Rally Late to Win; Vero Rolls

It was rally time for Las Vegas and Jacksonville. Chin-Feng Chen drove in a run in the 10th to score pinch-runner Nick Theodoreau for a 5-4 victory and Jon Weber slugged a long home run to lead off the ninth inning to boost the Suns to an identical 5-4 win. Vero banged out a solid, 8-5 decision as Cory Dunlap drove in three runs and Jamie Hoffmann went 5-for-6 but Columbus fell 6-3 in 12 innings.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning for a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over Sacramento before a crowd of 7,050. Las Vegas improved to 14-13. Trailing 4-3 entering the 10th inning. Catcher Mike Rose walked and Nick Theodoreau ran for him. Shortstop Tony Schrager sacrificed Theodore to second and second baseman Joe Thurston tied the game with a RBI single. Third baseman Antonio Perez doubled Thurston to third; catcher Dioner Navarro was intentionally walked and Chin-Feng Chen then hit a deep fly ball to center for the game winning single. Thurston has hit safely in five straight games and is 10-for-20 over that stretch. Right-hander Harold Eckert recorded his third straight quality start, working 6.1 innings and allowing eight hits, 3 runs, while striking out 5. Right-hander Aquilino Lopez pitched 3 innings, allowed 2 hits and 1 run and improved to 2-2. X-Files--Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth went 0-for-3 for the 51s in the first game of his rehab assignment. ... Right-hander Buddy Carlyle cleared waivers, reported to Las Vegas and will start Sunday. Carlyle had an 8.18 ERA in nine games for Los Angeles.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Outfielder Jon Weber hit a long home run to right field to lead off the ninth inning, sending the Suns to a 5-4 victory over the Mississippi Braves in front of 9,707. Weber snapped the deadlock, depositing a 2-1 into the upper reaches of the right field bleachers. Weber smashed a pinch-hit grand slam Sunday to give the Suns a late win at Mobile. It made a winner out of Luis Gonzalez (3-0) who extended his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 18 innings by blanking the Braves in the ninth. Joel Guzman homered to lead off the fourth, his team-leading sixth. Nick Alvarez walked with the bases loaded and Todd Donovan singled off reliever to tie the score, 4-4. Starter Glenn Bott pitched 4.1 innings, allowed four runs substituting for Derek Thompson, who was bedridden with flu-like symptoms. SUNS SPOTS: The Suns improved to 5-9 in one-run games, which make up half the team's outcomes. …Gonzalez was named Dodgers' co-Minor League pitcher of the month along with Vero Beach's Chuck Tiffany. …The last game-winning, last at-bat home run was hit by Derek Michaelis vs. Birmingham on May 28, 2004. …2B Delwyn Young had three singles and is 16-for-37 (.432) since taking two days off to rest April 24-25. --Joe Block.

CLEARWATER, Florida--Cory Dunlap drove in three runs to help Vero Beach to an 8-5 over Clearwater and Alvis Ojeda, just down from Jacksonville, earned his first win with three shutout innings. Mark Alexander notched his third save. Vero took an early lead in the first inning. Dunlap doubled to score Andy LaRoche, who went 3-5. In the second inning, Anthony Raglani led off with a single and went to second on a ground out. Justin Ruggiano tripled to make it 2-0. Xavier Paul then hit a ground ball to second and Ruggiano a botched rundown saw both runners safe at second and third. Tony Abreu singled to score both of them and put the Dodgers on top 4-0. Clearwater came back to take a 5-4 lead off starter Joel Hanrahan. In the 6th. Edwin Bellorin knocked in Raglani, who had walked, to tie the game and in the seventh, Paul led off with a single and Abreu sacrificed him to second. Chin-lung Hu reached on an error before LaRoche doubled home Paul and Dunlap singled home both Hu and LaRoche to cap the scoring. Eight of the nine Dodgers starters had a hit in the game.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--First place Augusta outlasted Columbus 6-3 in 12innings. The GreenJackets benefited from two Catfish errors in the twelfth inning to score three runs to take the win. The Catfish belted out a season-high 16 hits in the loss, but stranded 17 runners on base. CF Jamie Hoffmann had a Catfish-best five hits and fellow Minnesotan LF Sam Steidl added three for the Fish in the loss. Columbus falls to 9-20 in defeat. The Catfish jumped to a 1-0 lead on 3B Blake DeWitt's RBI double. The GreenJackets took the lead in the 5th, but the Catfish tied when DeWitt's sac fly scored Steidl from third. In the ninth, Augusta scored to take a 3-2 lead, but DeWitt had a clutch RBI double to again tie the game at three. The first Augusta batter reached on a three-base error by Hoffmann to start the 12th, and later scored on a single. Augusta added two more losing pitcher Carlos Alvarez. LHP Scott Elbert started for the Catfish, and the 2004 1st Rounder gave up just one run over four innings, walking four and striking out seven. DeWitt three RBI tonight gave him a team-high 20. The Catfish had opportunities to win the game in the ninth, 11th and 12th inning.

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