Nakamura, Repko help Vegas Move Back Into First

Las Vegas won twice in Tucson and moved back into first place in the PCL. Nori Nakamura slugged two three-run homers in the opener. In the second Jason Repko had three hits as Vegas won their eighth straight. Delwyn Young went 3-for-5 and Eric Stults allowed one run over six innings as Jacksonville won 7-2 in Mobile. Vero Beach dropped an 8-1 game with Chuck Tiffany taking the loss and two Columbus errors made Javy Guerra the tough-luck loser, ending the Fish's five-game winning streak.

TUCSON, Arizona--The 51s moved back into first place as Norihiro Nakamura was a one-man wrecking crew in the first game, slugging a pair of three-run homers, the second breaking a 3-3 tie in the third inning. Nakamura, a 31-year-old infielder from Osaka, Japan, belted his first long ball with one out in the top of the first inning. After the Sidewinders tied the game in the bottom of the second, he came through with his second bomb of the contest to put the 51s up for good, giving him 23 RBI and 10 home runs since being sent to Las Vegas. Ryan Rupe (2-1) went the distance in the opener, striking out 11 and allowing three runs. The 51s beat up on former Dodger minor leaguer Chris Michalak (2-4) who allowed six runs in five innings. In the second game, Jason Repko went 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the 51s won their eighth straight game and swept the doubleheader with a 7-6 win. Joe Thurston scored the eventual winning run in the sixth inning on Jason Grabowski's RBI double, putting Las Vegas up 7-5. Tucson had taken a 4-1 lead in the first against starter Buddy Carlyle but Las Vegas tied it at 4-4 with three runs in the second, with Thurston and Repko providing run-scoring singles. The Sidewinders took a 5-4 lead in the third before the 51s went up 6-5, with two runs in the fifth on Willy Aybar's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk to Brian Myrow. Franquelis Osoria (2-1) picked up the win by recording the final two outs of the fifth inning and Aquilino Lopez notched his fourth save. Moving to 26-22, the 51s claimed sole possession of first place in the Pacific South division.

MOBILE, Alabama-– The Suns used five singles in a five-run second inning featuring five singles to beat the BayBears 7-2. Delwyn Young hit a two-out, two-run single to cap the inning. He went 3-for-5 and is batting 13-for-30 (.433) on the road trip. Jon Weber and Eric Stults each had RBI in the inning for the Suns (24-26) who have won back-to-back games. Starter Stults (3-2) allowed one first inning run over six innings and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts en route to the victory. Jason Olson allowed one unearned run and earned his second consecutive three-inning save, his fourth overall. Brian Sprout and Nick Alvarez hit leadoff home runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Sun Spots: The Suns have smacked 57 hits over the last four games and have double-digit hits in 10 of 13 games. …Russell Martin laid a bunt single in the second to extend his hitting streak to nine games. …OF Tydus Meadows (sore wrist) missed his third consecutive game. …The Suns are 8-4 when striking out 10 or more times. … Todd Donovan went hitless otherwise, ending his hitting streak at nine games. …Right-hander Eric Hull (1-3, 3.59 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile Monday in the

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA--The Blue Jays used a four-run first and a four-run fourth to defeat the Dodgers 8-1 Sunday afternoon. Andy LaRoche had a double and scored on a Matt Kemp sacrifice fly, but that was the only offense Vero Beach could muster. Chuck Tiffany took the loss, but retired the last 11 batters he faced and struck out seven Blue Jays in five innings. Dunedin got to Tiffany early. The Dodgers look to even the series Monday night.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--Two Columbus Catfish errors resulting in two unearned runs the Fish's five-game winning streak 4-3. RHP Javy Guerra was the hard-luck loser for Columbus, allowing just one earned run in six innings. SS David Nicholson drove home two runs with a sacrifice fly and a RBI triple. Columbus took an early 1-0 lead Cole Bruce triple and Nicholson's sacrifice fly in the third inning. Hickory tied the game and with two out, an error gave Hickory a 2-1 lead. Another error in the fifth made it 4-1. In the eighth, Jamie Hoffmann led off with a single and scored on Nicholson's triple to right. A RBI groundout by 2B Travis Denker closed the gap to 4-3 Hickory, but the Catfish went quietly in the final two innings. Monday the Catfish travel to Greenville to take on the Bombers (Boston Red Sox), with RHP Phil Sobkow (1-1, 10.43 ERA) making his first start of the season.