Rose and Chen lead Las Vegas Rally in Ninth

Mike Rose boomed a two-run double and Chin-Feng Chen walked with the bases loaded in the last of the ninth to boost Las Vegas to a 7-6 win over Albuquerque. Tydus Meadows' two-run homer wasn't enough and Jacksonville lost 8-2 to Mississippi. Matt Kemp continued his torrid hitting with two home runs and Andy LaRoche hit his league-leading 15th of the year but Tampa avoided a sweep 8-7 and Columbus lost their seventh straight game, this one 8-3 to Savannah.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to record a 7-6 victory over Albuquerque and snapped their three-game losing streak, improving to 20-22. Chin-Feng Chen (1-for-2) walked with the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth inning to force in the winning run. Catcher Mike Rose (2-for-5) hit a two-run double to tie the game at 6-6. Center fielder Henri Stanley was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and third baseman Willy Aybar was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. The 51s recorded 14 hits and rallied for the victory. Right-hander Harold Eckert posted another solid outing. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 7 hits, 3 runs, walked 4 and struck out 5. Right-hander Steve Schmoll allowed 3 runs in 1 inning and right-hander Aquilino Lopez (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win. The 51s open a four-game series on Monday against the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Mississippi scored three first inning runs and led throughout in an 8-2 victory over the Suns on Sunday afternoon in front of 10,827. Losing pitcher Jonathan Broxton (2-2) pitched 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits, six runs and struck out five. The Braves added two in the seventh inning off Suns reliever William Juarez giving the Braves an 8-0 lead. Tydus Meadows hit a line drive, two-run home run with James Loney on base with a single to break up the shutout bid in the seventh. He had two of the Suns' six hits. The Suns (20-23) have scored in every ballgame this season and remain two games back of first place Montgomery. Suns right-hander Chad Billingsley (2-1, 3.20 ERA) is scheduled to face Montgomery Monday. --Brian DeLettre

Vero Beach, Florida--Tampa avoided a 4-game sweep with an 8-7 win at Holman Stadium Sunday afternoon. Matt Kemp continued his torrid hitting with two home runs and Andy LaRoche added to his league-leading total with his 15th of the year. A.J. Ellis added three hits in a losing cause for the Dodgers. Tampa jumped out to a big early lead against Brian Pilkington, scoring four in the first inning. He allowed two more in the second. Kemp led off the bottom of the second with a home run. Later in the inning, Tony Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to score Xavier Paul and bring the Dodgers within 6-2. Tampa countered with a run in the fourth and the Dodgers answered in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double from Abreu. In the fifth, Kemp hit his second home run of the day to make it 7-5. That gave him five homers in the series to go along with 11 RBI. The Dodgers had a chance to complete the comeback in the sixth. Russell Mitchel, who went 2-4, and Abreu hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Chin-lung Hu sacrificed the runners to second and third, then the Yankees intentionally walked Andy LaRoche to load the bases. Cory Dunlap then knocked in a run with an infield single, but the Yankee reliever got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning and keep Tampa on top 7-6. The Yankees picked up an unearned run in the eighth and LaRoche launched his home run to left in the bottom of the inning to cap the scoring at 8-7. The Ft. Myers Miracle come to town Monday night.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--Savannah snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run HR, and the Sand Gnats added four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Catfish 8-3 Sunday. While the Catfish had hits from eight of nine players in the starting lineup, they fell today for the seventh straight game. LF Sam Steidl had two doubles, while 1B Dan Batz and RF James Peterson also had two base hits. Trailing 1-0 in the second, SS David Nicholson doubled home C Juan Apodaca from first to tie the game at one, and Steidl's first double of the game gave the Catfish a 2-1 lead. LHP Scott Elbert (0-2) struck out three batters in the first two innings, but allowed the tying run to score in the third on a sacrifice fly. A two-run homer in the fifth inning gave Savannah a 4-2 lead. The Sand Gnats scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 8-2 lead. The Catfish got a run back in the eighth inning on a Batz RBI single, but failed to get any closer. The Catfish fall to 13-31 with the loss and will send RHP Javy Guerra (2-3, 5.55 ERA) to the hill Monday night.

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