Suns and Fish Win Close Games

Antonio Perez and Chin-Feng Chen homered for Las Vegas but Memphis taught them the blues to the tune of 15-4. Nick Alvarez's grounder gave Jacksonville a 8-7 in 10 innings over Montgomery. Justin Ruggiano hit his fifth home run and Brian Pilkington and Orlando Rodriguez made their first appearances since 2003 but Vero lost a close one 3-2 to Sarasota. In Columbus, RHP Landestoy Troncoso won in relief of LHP Scott Elbert and catcher Juan Apodaca homered for the Catfish for a 4-2 win.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee--Memphis scored late and often to defeat Las Vegas 15-4 before a crowd of 10,801 to even the series at 1-1. The 51s gave up five runs in the seventh inning and six in the eighth. Antonio Perez got Las Vegas started quickly with a leadoff home run. But the 51s wouldn't score again until the eighth inning, when they were trailing, 9-1. Las Vegas' Chin-Feng Chen had a solo homer in the eighth, and Jose Flores hit a two-run double. The 51s recorded 11 hits and Chen's fifth home run was his franchise-leading 77th. Second baseman Willy Aybar was 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 11 games; first baseman Brian Myrow was 2-for-3 and catcher Dioner Navarro was 2-for4. Right-hander Harold Eckert pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 4 runs, walked 3 and struck out 3. Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 1 inning (3 hits, 5 runs) and Justin Wayne and Tom Farmer finished up. Las Vegas plays the final game of the series tonight in Memphis. JACKSONVILLE, Florida--Nick Alvarez hit an RBI groundout in the 10th inning helping the Suns defeat Montgomery 8-7, Thursday night in front of 7,043 fans. In the 10th inning with the score tied at seven each, Tydus Meadows worked a one-out walk. Russell Martin lived on an error that allowed Meadows to reach third. Alvarez hit a slow dribbler to third that the Biscuits third baseman elected to get the out at first allowing Meadows to score the winning run. The Biscuits rallied to score five runs in the eighth to tie the game. The big blow was a two-run double off reliever Eric Hull. Luis Gonzalez (4-0) came in to pitch in the ninth inning to work two scoreless innings and earn the win. Todd Donovan led off the first inning with a home run. Later in the inning, Joel Guzman drew a two-out walk and James Loney followed with double to right field. Meadows followed with another double plating Guzman and Loney to give the Suns the 3-0 advantage. Donovan added to the Suns lead in the second inning with a RBI single scoring Martin. The Suns added three more runs in the third inning from three straight singles and a RBI double from Sergio Garcia for the 7-0 lead. Starter Jonathan Broxton pitched six innings allowing one run on seven hits and striking out nine, but earning a no-decision. Suns right-hander Chad Billingsley (1-2, 4.54 ERA) is scheduled to face the Barons tonight in Birmingham. -- Brian DeLettre. VERO BEACH, Florida--Sarasota took a close game from Vero Thursday night by a 3-2 margin. Justin Ruggiano hit his fifth home run of the season in a losing cause. Both Brian Pilkington and Orlando Rodriguez made their first appearances since 2003 and threw well. The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning and have yet to trail in the 2-game series. Those were the only runs Pilkington would allow in his five innings of work, but he took the loss. Vero's first run came in the 4th when Cory Dunlap singled with one out and went to third on a base hit by Matt Kemp. Anthony Raglani hit into a fielder's choice that scored Dunlap and brought the Dodgers within one. The Reds scored in the 8th but Casey Hoorelbeke came back to strike out the next hitter. He was replaced by Rodriguez to face the left-handed hitter but he bounced a ball to second base and no one covered first, allowing the run to score and make it 3-1. Ruggiano led off the 8th with the home run and the Dodgers tried to finish the comeback in the 9th. Matt Kemp singled with one out to put the tying run on base. However, the Reds closer got a double play ball to end the game. Vero hosts Sarasota again tonight. COLUMBUS, Georgia--RHP Landestoy Troncoso fired three scoreless innings of relief and the Catfish beat Charleston 4-2 tonight to split a four-game series with the New York Yankees affiliate. Catcher Juan Apodaca homered for the Catfish. RHP Albenis Castillo picked up his first save of the season by finishing the game out of the bullpen. LHP Scott Elbert started for the Catfish, striking out seven in four innings. He allowed one run to the RiverDogs in the 4th on a solo HR. The Catfish struck for two unearned runs when 1B Dan Batz drove home a run with a single and RF James Peterson lifted a sacrifice fly to give the Fish a 2-1 lead. Troncoso relieved Elbert and retired nine of the next ten RiverDogs, striking out three. The Catfish added two runs in the seventh when Apodaca went deep to left for his second HR of the year and SS David Nicholson drove home LF Ryan Russ with an RBI single to right. Tonight the Catfish start an eight-game roadtrip when they take on Augusta and Charleston. RHP Javy Guerra (2-2, 5.96 ERA, 6 starts) takes the mound for the Catfish.