Hurlers Heath Totten, Jonathan Broxton Key Wins

A strong effort by Heath Totten and three home runs carried Las Vegas to a 6-1 win at Nashville. Jonathan Braxton controlled Huntsville 10-5 and Tydus Meadows extended his hitting streak to nine games. Vero Beach lost a 2-0 game at Lakeland and Columbus lead 1-0 into the ninth on a home run by Lucas May only to lose 2-1 in 11.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee--Starter Heath Totten turned in a solid outing, allowing only one unearned run over eight innings, and three 51s batters belted home runs to lead the visitors to an 6-1 victory over the Nashville Sounds, knocking them out of first place. First baseman Brian Myrow put the 51s on the board with a two-out solo home run (#3) to center in the top of the second inning. Norihiro Nakamura upped the advantage to 4-0 in the third with a one-out, three-run blast (#4), his second homer in the last two nights and fourth of the year. Cody Ross crushed a mammoth two-run homer (#4) over the body of the guitar-shaped scoreboard in the top of the eighth, increasing the 51s lead to 6-0. Jayson Werth and Willy Aybar, who went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, scored on the homer. Totten (5-2) picked up his second straight victory after allowing only one unearned run on six hits over eight innings. Las Vegas had an open date today and returned to Cashman Field to open an eight-game home stand against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The 51s will begin a stretch of 16 of 20 games at home from May 19–June 7.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-– The Suns pulled late in the game to beat the Stars, 10-5. Red-hot Tydus Meadows hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, putting the Suns up for good and contributing to four unearned runs. Meadows extended his hitting streak to a team-high nine games, going 2-for-4. Joel Guzman drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the first. Jon Weber tripled in two runs in the eighth. Sergio Garcia drove in three runs, including a two-run double on a hit-and-run he rolled past the third baseman with a one-handed swing. Garcia left the game in the fifth inning unable to extend an RBI gapper for more than a single after he aggravated a hamstring pull he suffered in April. Jonathan Broxton (2-1) earned the win, but tied a career-high with five walks. He allowed five hits on five hits, but left with the Suns leading, 8-5. Jason Olson and Beau Dannemiller combined for four shutout innings of relief. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (2-2, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to face Huntsville in the final game of a three-game series at Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Ala. Sun Spots:-- LHP Eric Stults (swollen left hand) was placed on the seven-day DL retroactive to May 15. A caught line drive glanced Stults' left throwing hand in his start Saturday at Birmingham. … Meadows has extra base hits in eight of nine games and is batting 16-for-31 (.516) with three home runs, 11 RBI and eight doubles during his streak. …3B Brian Sprout, who replaced Garcia, struck out in both plate appearances and has one hit in his last 29 at bats. …CF Todd Donovan went 0-for-4 and is 3-for-31. He stole his league-leading 17th base, his first in nine days. …The Suns' bullpen has delivered 11.2 consecutive shutout innings. …Dannemiller has retired all of the last 23 batters he has faced, spanning three outings. …1B James Loney has 10 hits in his last 24 at bats (.417). …The Suns' 10-run output equals the second-largest this season. …Derek Michaelis hit a pinch-hit double, giving him 57 as a Sun, ranking 10th on the all-time list.

LAKELAND, Florida--Lakeland won another rain-shortened game, this time by a 2-0 margin. The Dodgers did not get a hit until the sixth inning, handing Brian Pilkington another hard luck loss. He threw six innings and allowed only one run, but fell to 0-2. Xavier Paul went 1-for-2 and walked twice. The series concludes with Jonathan Figueroa (3-1) starting the finale.

CHARLESTON, SC--Leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Catfish blew their 10th save of the season, going on to lose 2-1 tonight in 11 innings to the RiverDogs. SS Lucas May homered for the Catfish in the loss, driving home his 11th run in the past five games. LHP Scott Elbert pitched his best game of the season, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out seven batters. Four of the seven strikeouts came in the final two innings. He left the game in the 7th with a 1-0 lead courtesy of May's team-leading 6th HR of the year in the fourth inning. After two scoreless innings of relief work from RHP Brian Akin. He gave up a leadoff single in the 9th inning and after a sac bunt, RHP Kyle Wilson gave up a game-tying single. Wilson (0-2) gave up the leadoff walk in the 11th and the runner scored from second on a ground ball. The Catfish are now 4-16 on the road this season, having lost 11 of those games by one run. Today the Catfish take on the RiverDogs with RHP Javy Guerra (2-2, 6.07 ERA) on the mound for his eighth start.

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