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The 51s split a doubleheader, winning the first 3-2 behind Pat Mahomes but losing the second 2-1, tagging Edwin Jackson with the loss. Tydus Meadows double in the ninth inning to knock in the only run of the game to give Luis Gonzalez his fifth win. Justin Orenduff and Mark Alexander handed Lakeland its first shutout of the season as Vero Beach topped the Tigers, 2-0 in a battle of division leaders. A grand slam by Lucas May helped Chris Malone and Columbus to a 4-2 win over Augusta.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee--The 51s split two with Nashville Sunday before a season-high 9,939 fans at Greer Stadium. Las Vegas won the first game 3-2 behind Pat Mahomes but lost 2-1 in the second game despite a strong effort by Edwin Jackson. Las Vegas (17-19) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the opener. With two outs and the bases full of 51s, a wild pitch scored Henri Stanley from third. When the Sounds catcher made a wild throw back to the plate, Jayson Werth scored the second run. A two-run homer off Mahomes in the bottom of the fifth tied the game. Back-to-back two-out doubles by Mike Rose and Jose Flores scored the decisive run. Mahomes (3-1), earned the victory against his former team after working six innings. Franquelis Osoria tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save for the 51s. In the second game a two-out, two-run homer off Jackson in the bottom of the fourth inning erased a 1-0 deficit. The 51s had struck first in the top of the second when Tony Schrager trotted home on Antonio Perez's sacrifice fly. In the top of the sixth with runners on second and third and only one out, 51s left fielder Chin-Feng Chen hit a grounder to short and Nick Theodore was nailed at the plate. Greer Stadium head groundskeeper Chris Pearl was dismissed due to issues related to Saturday's postponement. General Manager Glenn Yaeger confirmed that Pearl was dismissed but declined further comment. With the victory, Nashville pulled into a tie for first place in the PCL American Conference Northern Division. The teams continue the series with Las Vegas right-hander Harold Eckert (2-2, 6.11) on the mound.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama--Tydus Meadows chopped a double over the first baseman in the ninth inning, scoring Todd Donovan with the only run of the game in a the 1-0 victory over the Barons. Donovan, pinch-running for James Loney, who had three hits, scored from first on Meadows' hit when the right fielder mishandled the ball. Luis Gonzalez (5-0) retired the final four batters and ranks second in the league in victories, though he has appeared solely in relief. The Suns (17-20) left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings, both times Nick Alvarez was retired by to end the inning. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (0-1, 16.88 ERA) is scheduled to start in the first game of a three-game series at Huntsville. SUNS SPOTS: C Russell Martin singled in the sixth and has reached base in 28 consecutive games, the longest streak in the Southern League. …The Suns improved to 8-10 in one-run games. …The Suns recorded their fourth shutout and second in three games. ...Meadows has extra-base hits in six of his last seven games and is 13-for-23 (.565) in his last seven games. …Saturday night starter LHP Eric Stults had a line drive glance his pitching hand. Stults had mild swelling Sunday and is day-to-day. …Suns starter Derek Thompson delivered six shutout innings, walked none and struck out four. --Joe Block.

LAKELAND, Florida--Justin Orenduff and Mark Alexander teamed up to hand Lakeland its first shutout loss of the season as Vero Beach topped the Tigers, 2-0 in a battle of division leaders. Orenduff tossed seven innings of two-hit, 10-strikeout ball, while Alexander (2-1) earned the win with two more scoreless innings. Lakeland lost for only the third time in the last 17 games. The Dodgers (21-16) pushed two runs across the plate in the ninth while hitting only one ball out of the infield. With one out, Edwin Bellorin singled to right. Mike Nixon, hitting .208, worked a walk. With two out, Chin-Lung Hu hit a chopper up the middle that glanced off the glove of the Lakeland second baseman and Bellorin scored from second, Nixon had motored to third, and Hu pulled up at second with what may be the shortest double of his career. Nixon then scored an insurance run when Andy LaRoche beat out an infield hit to third. A two-out, 410-foot blast to center was hauled in by Matt Kemp with a runner on base. The ball would have left every other stadium in the league, but Marchant's center field wall is an intimidating 420 feet from home plate. The same two teams will battle in Lakeland again tonight.

AUGUSTA, Georgia--Trailing 1-0 in the 5th inning, SS Lucas May hit a grand slam and the Catfish made it hold up in a 4-2 win at Augusta. RHP Chris Malone allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings, giving up no walks and striking out nine. Malone gave up a run in the first when the leadoff hitter tripled to center and scored on a groundout. Malone settled in after that, striking out the side in the second inning and giving up just three hits in the first five innings. In the fifth, RF Ryan Russ doubled, LF Sam Steidl was hit by a pitch, and a CF Jamie Hoffmann walked. May's line drive home run cleared the left field wall to give the Fish a 4-1 lead. The homer by May ties him for the team lead with five and gives him the team lead in RBI with 27, nine of which have come in the series. Malone worked into the seventh without allowing another run, striking out the final batter he faced with the bases packed in the seventh. RHP Zach Hammes allowed a run in the eighth and Albinis Castillo faced the tying run in the ninth inning, but held on for his second save. The win is the first for the Fish in the three game series with the GreenJackets. Columbus improves to 13-24 with the win, and open a four-game series at Charleston with RHP Landestoy Troncoso (2-3, 7.99 ERA) on the mound.