First Place Vero Uses Four Homers to Top Yankees

Las Vegas lost another extra-inning game to Albuquerque 10-7, this time in 12 innings despite two home runs and four RBI by catcher Mike Rose. Jacksonville's Tydus Meadows nine-game hitting streak ended in a 3-1 loss to Mississippi. Tony Abreu -- who had five hits-- Matt Kemp, Andy LaRoche and Mike Nixon homered as Vero smacked the Tampa Yankees 14-9. Charleston ran their record to 7-0 over Columbus with a 5-1 victory.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Albuquerque outslugged the 51s for their second straight extra inning victory, winning 10-7 in 12 innings before a crowd of 6,878. The game lasted 4:14 and followed the series opener that ran 4:11. The two teams have played 8:25 minutes over the last two games. The 51s, 19-21, took a 6-4 lead to the ninth inning but the Isotopes rallied for two runs to force extra innings. The 51s had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, when, trailing 7-6, they scored a run to tie the game and had the bases loaded. Third baseman Norihiro Nakamura hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. The Isotopes, happy for the reprieve, scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning off right-hander T.J. Nall (0-3). Las Vegas recorded 10 hits and catcher Mike Rose was 3-for-6 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. First baseman Brian Myrow and center fielder Henri Stanley were each 2-for-5. Both teams used a total of 13 pitchers and they recorded 29 strikeouts, 16 of the 51s. Starter Pat Mahomes pitched 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs and struck out 4.

Three 51s suspended--But the three 51s players suspended Friday for testing positive for banned substances were two pitchers, Tom Farmer and Heath Totten, and a utility infielder, Jose Flores. The three players will serve 15-day suspensions for violating the minor league drug-testing program. Las Vegas activated right-hander Mike Neu, and Manager Jerry Royster said more moves are expected. The performance-enhancing substances the players tested positive for were not disclosed, but Royster said he does not think it was steroids. Las Vegas general manager Don Logan said the players will not be with the Triple-A team while suspended, a decision made by the parent club Los Angeles Dodgers. Farmer, Totten and Flores started their suspensions Friday, and Royster said none plan to appeal.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-–Suns starter Derek Thompson pitched well but lost to Mississippi 3-1 in front of 6,531 fans Friday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Brian Sprout slugged a home run in the third inning, but the Suns didn't collect a second hit until the sixth. Thompson (0-2) remains winless in eight starts, though he blanked the Braves over his final five innings. Of the three consecutive singles to start the game, two scored and the third was caught in a rundown trying to score. The Braves (17-24) scored their final run in the eighth off Suns reliever Beau Dannemiller. Dannemiller had retired 23 consecutive batters over three outings before he walked the first batter he faced Friday. Russell Martin batted in the leadoff spot in place of Todd Donovan, who was a late scratch with a muscle pull. Martin went 0-for-4 and, for the first time this season, did not reach base in a game which he started. Tydus Meadows went 0-for-3 and was on deck as the game ended. It snapped his nine-game hitting streak, the longest for a Suns player this season. Joel Hanrahan (0-2, 8.10 ERA) is scheduled to face Braves tonight.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers whalloped four home runs to defeat the Tampa Yankees 14-9 Friday night at Holman Stadium. Tony Abreu had one of the long bombs and went 5-5. Matt Kemp added a grand slam and a total of five RBI. Andy LaRoche stroked his team-high 12th home run to put him in second in the Florida State League. Justin Orenduff earned the win with five shutout innings in which he allowed no walks, two singles and struck out eight hitters. Abreu led off the first inning with a double and Xavier Paul walked. LaRoche singled home Abreu and Paul later scored on a fielder's choice to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Mike Nixon hit a solo homer in the 2nd to make it 3-0. The Vero hit parade continued when Abreu led off the fifth with a home run. But it was the sixth inning that put the Dodgers in control. Matt Kemp started the inning with a double. One out later, five straight Dodgers reached base and made it 7-3. Cory Dunlap then walked with the bases loaded and Kemp followed with his grand slam to put the Dodgers ahead 12-3. Abreu doubled in Nixon in the 7th and LaRoche homered in the 8th to make it 14-3. Meanwhile, Orenduff continued to baffle Florida State League hitters. He struck out the side in both the second and third inning. In fact, he fanned eight out of the first 10 batters he faced. In his last 17 innings, Orenduff has struck out 24, while allowing just eight hits, two walks and one run. Julio Pimentel draws the start tonight on Armed Forces Night. Anyone with a valid military ID will be admitted to the game for just $2.50.

CHARLESTON, S.C.--Charleston continued their domination of the Catfish with a 5-1. Columbus has lost all seven games at Riley Park this season and with losses in the final five games of the road trip, the Catfish fall 16 games beneath the .500 mark at 13-29. 3B Blake DeWitt had two hits and the lone RBI for the Catfish in the loss tonight. Charleston scored three runs against starter RHP Chris Malone (3-2) in the second and scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Malone, who took his first loss as a starter in three games. The Catfish scored their lone run in the ninth inning when DeWitt drove home CF Jamie Hoffmann from second base with two outs. The Catfish return home to Golden Park tomorrow for the start of an eight-game homestand tonight. Brandon Weeden (1-2, 3.73 ERA) starts for Columbus.

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