Rainout Drops Las Vegas into Tie for Second Place

Las Vegas was rained out and dropped into a second place tie with Tucson just one-half game behind Sacramento. Joel Guzman drove in five runs as the Joel Guzman banged his 11th homer as the Suns made a winner out of Chad Billingsley in a 10-7 win over Mobile. Matt Kemp slugged his 10th homer but Vero dropped an 8-3 decision at Dunedin and Columbus streaked along, winning their fifth in a row as Blake DeWitt (5 RBI) and Gabe Gutierrez (3 RBI) helped Scott Elbert to his first win of the season.

TUCSON, Arizona--Saturday night's game was postponed after thundershowers began battering the field 90 minutes before gametime. Club officials first delayed the 6:30 p.m. start by an hour before deciding to postpone it until today. The teams will play a doubleheader Sunday. Both games will last seven innings.

MOBILE, Alabama-- Joel Guzman hit his 11th home run, tying the game, 5-5, in the fifth and drove in four runs. His two-run double in the eighth padded the Suns' advantage in a 10-7, over the BayBears Derek Michaelis' go-ahead single in the fifth inning put the Suns ahead for good, making a winner out of Chad Billingsley (4-3). Billingsley gave up back-to-back home runs in the second inning but retired the side in order afterward. The BayBears scored three times in the third after the first two reached via a strikeout and wild pitch and a catcher's interference. The runs were unearned to Billingsley, who completed five innings and struck out eight. Todd Donovan homered for the third time this week, a solo shot in the sixth. Donovan has hit safely in nine consecutive games. Russell Martin went 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The Suns compiled 15 hits and every Suns batter got one, except for pitcher Beau Dannemiller who made his first professional plate appearance. Left-hander Eric Stults (2-2, 3.55 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile Sunday in the third game of a four-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium.

DUNEDIN, Florida--Matt Kemp hit his 10th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough for the Vero Beach Dodgers, who dropped an 8-3 decision. Vero Beach took the lead in the first when Tony Abreu led off the game with a single. Anthony Raglani walked and then Andy LaRoche, third in the league in RBI, singled for a 1-0 margin. The Blue Jays wasted no time, taking a 3-1 lead against Brian Pilkington, who fell to 0-4. Steve Kemp homered in the sixth (#10). Justin Ruggiano led off the seventh with a double and scored on an Edwin Bellorin ground out. The Dodgers had only one inning where more than one baserunner reached. The series continues Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Chuck Tiffany will start for the Dodgers.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Third baseman Blake DeWitt homered and drove in five runs and C Gabriel Gutierrez homered and drove in three with three hits as Columbus won their fifth straight 8-5 over Hickory. LHP Scott Elbert (1-2) won his first game in a Catfish uniform with six strong innings. The Catfish have scored 27 runs in the first three games of the series and their third straight win over the Crawdads gives Columbus just their second series win of the season. Columbus led wire-to-wire tonight, as DeWitt drove home two with his team-leading 10th double in the first inning, Gutierrez hit his third HR of the season and his second in as many games, a two-run shot in the second inning, and when Hickory cut the lead to 4-3, Gutierrez doubled home a run in the fifth, and DeWitt drove home two more runs with a two-run single to make it 7-3. DeWitt added a solo HR in the eighth inning. RHP Zach Hammes worked in and out of trouble, working two scoreless innings. Columbus and Hickory wrap up the four-game series Sunday, with RHP Javy Guerra (2-3, 5.40 ERA) starting for the Catfish in the final game of the eight-game homestand.

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