Vero Beach Enjoying the Air of First Place

Las Vegas opens an eight-game road swing in Tennessee. Jacksonville rallied for three runs in the eighth to stop Montgomery 7-6 as reliever Glenn Bott (2-3) earned the win. Vero Beach opens a homestand in first place in the Florida State League Eastern Division. Just coming off the disabled list, RHP Jesus Castillo started for Columbus, making a start for the first time since April 29th, but reinjured himself in the second inning and took the loss. 1B Dan Batz went 4-for-4.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee--The 51s start an eight game road trip that will see them play four games in Nashville and four in Memphis. Pat Mahomes draws the start tonight and comes into the game with a 1-1 record over five starts and a 2.41 earned run average. Willy Aybar is the hottest hitter on the team and has a .330 average

JACKSONVILLE, Florida--The Suns scored three times in the eighth inning and held off a late comeback by Montgomery Biscuits to win, 7-6. The Suns (14-18) trailed, 5-4, in the eighth when James Loney led off the inning by homering off Jose Diaz, who pitched with the Suns in 2003. Todd Donovan walked to force in a run to give the Suns a 6-5 advantage and Jon Weber extended the lead by plating Derek Michaelis on a sacrifice fly to center. In the ninth inning Donovan made a diving save a run. A single cut the lead to one and the Biscuits loaded the bases with two outs until Suns reliever Richard Bartlett got the final out to earn his first save. The Suns took an early three-run lead in the first inning. Donovan tripled to start the inning and Weber followed with an RBI single. After a two-out walk to James Loney, Tydus Meadows roped a double down the left field line scoring two for the 3-0 lead. The Suns added another run in the third inning from an RBI double by Joel Guzman plating Weber. The Biscuits tied the game 4-4 in the fourth off Suns starter Derek Thompson. Reliever Glenn Bott (2-3) earned the win, despite allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. SUNS SPOTS: Thompson gave up two home runs for the first time in his career. …Last year, Thompson did not give up a homer in 93.2 innings and 11 homers total in 66 starts. …The Suns are 6-10 in one-run games. …C Russell Martin drew a pinch-hit eighth inning walk to extend his consecutive on-base streak to 23 games. --Brian DeLettre

VERO BEACH, Florida--After winning their series in Clearwater, the Vero Beach Dodgers return home on Wednesday to face the Sarasota Reds in first place, a half-game in front of Daytona. All fans entering the gate will receive a special ticket for a chance to win a Don Drysdale Bobblehead doll.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--A three-run double in the second inning put the Catfish in a hole from which they never recovered, falling by 7-3. RHP Jesus Castillo started for the Catfish, coming off the DL and making a start for the first time since April 29th, but he left the game due to injury in the second inning and took the loss. 1B Dan Batz went 4-for-4 as the Catfish fall to 11-21. Castillo fired a perfect first inning but gave up two hits in the second. With two runners on base, Castillo was unable to continue on the mound and departed in favor of RHP Brian Akin. A double cleared the bases and gave the RiverDogs a 3-0 lead. The Catfish battled back with two runs in the second on a two-run single by C Juan Apodaca, but got no closer. The Dogs scored two in the third off Akin and while the Catfish scored an unearned run in the fourth but Charleston scored two more in the fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead. LHP Wesley Wright gave up two runs in the fifth inning, ending his streak of 17.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Besides Batz, only 2B Travis Denker had more than one hit for the Fish.