Vegas and Vero Lead League; Suns Just 1 1/2 out

Las Vegas got a 3-for-3 game from Joe Thurston but unearned runs cost them a 5-3 decision, ending their eight game winning streak. Jacksonville edged to within 1.5 games of the league lead when Russell Martin's three-run double keyed a 7-4 win and Vero Beach survived six baserunners in the final two innings and Andy LaRoche scored a run and knocked in one in a 3-1 win. Columbus had road-trip woes again, losing 7-2 and seeing their record away from home slip to 4-20.

TUCSON, Arizona--Helped by three unearned runs, Tucson avoided a sweep by stopping Las Vegas 5-3 Monday, halting the 51s' eight-game winning streak. The scoring was limited to two innings -- Las Vegas scored one in the third and two in the fourth; Tucson scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth. Las Vegas led 3-0 early on, with Thurston factoring in on all of the 51s' runs. Thurston scored on Henri Stanley's RBI single in the third and his two-out, two-run single in the fourth. Thurston finished 3-for-3 and is hitting .317. Pat Mahomes (4-2) allowed six hits and five runs (two earned) while striking out seven and took the loss. Despite the loss the 51s held on to their lead in the Pacific Coast League South Division.

MOBILE, AlabamaRussell Martin hit a three-run double to cap a five-run fifth inning, boosting the Suns to a 7-4 victory and their third straight win. The win moved the Suns to within 1.5 games of the league lead. Martin's hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Starter Eric Hull (2-3) won, delivering nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high. He gave up a game-tying, two-run home run in the fourth inning, but the offense bailed him out. Luis Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Todd Donovan singled, tripled and doubled in his first three at bats and scored three runs. Joel Guzman had three hits, including RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. Joel Hanrahan (2-2, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile Tuesday as the Suns (25-26) face the BayBears in the first game of a four-game series. Suns Spots--The Suns have smacked 69 hits over the last five games and have double-digit hits in 11 of 14 games. …Martin's hitting streak to 10 games ties his career-high. …OF Tydus Meadows (sore wrist) missed his fourth consecutive game. …The Suns are 9-4 when striking out 10 or more times. …Young batted 14-for-34 (.412) with three home runs on the road trip. …Donovan is batting 19-for-48 (.396) with nine extra-base hits and three home runs in his last 11 games. --Joe Block.

DUNEDIN, Florida--Vero Beach survived six Dunedin baserunners in the final two innings to hang on for a 3-1 victory Monday night. Danny Muegge turned in five shutout innings to earn the win. Andy LaRoche went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense. The Dodgers led 1-0 when Tony Abreu led off the game with a walk and advanced to third on a Chin-lung Hu single. Andy LaRoche followed with a base hit to bring home Abreu. The Dodgers put the game away in the top of the 8th. LaRoche led off with a strikeout, but reached first base on a wild pitch. Matt Kemp followed with a walk and Justin Ruggiano drilled a deep fly ball to center that advanced both baserunners. The Jays intentionally walked Cory Dunlap to load the bases. Edwin Bellorin then blooped a fly to left that was dropped by the fielder, allowing LaRoche to score and Kemp came home on a fielder's choice off the bat of Anthony Raglani. Meanwhile, Muegge was terrific. He allowed just three singles in his five innings and didn't walk anyone. The Jays never had more than one baserunner in any inning against him. Hong-Chih Kuo turned in two scoreless relief innings in which he struck out four hitters, and Mark Alexander pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 8th. The Dodgers have Tuesday off, but return home Wednesday night at 7:00 PM against the St. Lucie Mets. Come out to the game for your chance to win one of 250 Don Newcombe bobble head dolls.

GREENVILLE, S.C--The Bombers scored in four straight innings from the third through the sixth and handed the Catfish a series-opening 7-2 loss. The Catfish have now lost six straight road games and fall to 4-20 on the road. CF Jamie Hoffmann had two hits including a seventh-inning RBI single and 2B Travis Denker also had two hits for Columbus. RHP Phil Sobkow (1-2) made his first start in 2005 and took the loss, allowing six runs in five innings. The Catfish fall to 18-33 overall. Trailing 7-0, the Catfish scored their only runs in the seventh inning with two outs. Hoffmann drove home RF Ryan Russ with an RBI single to center, and a passed ball scored the final Columbus run. The Catfish send RHP Chris Malone (4-2, 2.84 ERA) to the hill Tuesday night in Greenville.

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