Russell Martin belts game-winning, three-run HR

Suns win 9-7 as Brian Sprout makes the most of a rare start and Suns pitchers strike out 14. Vero Beach pitching did them one better by fanning 17, led by Justin Orenduff struck out 12 and Andy LaRoche's 20th homer in a 5-0 win. A late home run dropped Las Vegas 5-4 after Jason Repko tied the game in the seventh and Columbus was rained out.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The Sky Sox defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 5-4, in PCL action to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the series. The 51s dropped their third straight game overall. The 51s recorded 8 hits and second baseman Joe Thurston was 2-for-5 and left fielder Chin-Feng Chen was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run (#7) in the second inning for his franchise leading 79th. Center fielder Jason Repko was 1-for-4 with a RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 4-4. Thurston singled with two outs in the ninth inning but was thrown out at second base to end the game. Right-hander Harold Eckert recorded another strong start. He pitched 5+ innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 runs and struck out 4. He pitched five shutout innings. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez (1-1)pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 1 run to suffer the loss.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -– Russell Martin hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Suns a 9-7 victory over the Mobile BayBears. The Suns (26-27) scored three runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings to stage the team's fourth ninth inning comeback this season. Martin homered to right field on a 3-2 pitch after singles by Jon Weber and James Loney. Second baseman Delwyn Young was a late scratch because of sore hamstrings and Brian Sprout was inserted in the No. 2 hole, where he hadn't batted since May 3. Sprout singled in Todd Donovan in the first, boosting the Suns to a 1-0 lead. Sprout's two-run single in the second gave the Suns and starting pitcher Jonathan Broxton a 3-0 advantage. Broxton pitched four scoreless innings, but allowed three runs in the fifth inning and was relieved by Jason Olson with one out. Olson retired two batters on two pitches and sent down seven before the BayBears scored four runs with two outs in the seventh off Olson to take a 7-3 lead. Jimmy Rohan's RBI single in the eighth started a three-run, two-out rally. Donovan hit a two-run single to bring the Suns to within 7-6. Beau Dannemiller (1-3) pitched a scoreless ninth, leaving the one-run deficit intact for the Suns' hitters in the bottom of the ninth. Right-hander Chad Billingsley (4-3, 4.86 ERA) is scheduled to face the BayBears Thursday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Sun Spots: All Suns position players got hits for the second consecutive game. The Suns are batting .354 (96-for-271) over their last seven games and are 5-2 despite allowing 37 runs in that span. …Young pinch-hit in the eighth inning, singled and scored a run. …LF Tydus Meadows (sore wrist) played for the first time in a week and went 1-for-3 with a single before being removed on a double-switch. …Suns pitchers struck out 14 BayBears hitters. …CF Todd Donovan is 23-for-58 (.397) with 10 extra-base hits in his last 11 games. He has seven triples, which leads the league and is three shy of tying the Suns' single-season record. …The Suns' 16-14 record in May marked the team's first winning month since April 2004.

VERO BEACH, Florida Justin Orenduff struck out 12 batters in six shutout innings to lead the Dodgers to a 5-0 win over the St. Lucie Mets. The Vero Beach staff struck out a season-high 17 batters to improve their record to 31-22, retaining at a 2-game lead for first place in the East Division. Andy LaRoche ripped his 20th home run of the season and Matt Kemp launched his 11th to the lead the offense. Orenduff's 12 strikeouts are the most by any single Dodgers pitcher this year. Beltran Perez added four and Casey Hoorelbeke picked up one in his lone inning of relief. It was the only Vero's second win of the year against the Mets and both have come by shutout (the other was a 1-0 win on Opening Night). Orenduff picked up the victory to improve to 4-2, while lowering his ERA to 1.86. The Vero offense came alive in the third inning. Xavier Paul led off with a double. He later scored when Chin-lung Hu reached on a fielder's choice. LaRoche then drilled his home run. One out later Cory Dunlap walked and Anthony Raglani singled him home to put the Dodgers up 4-0. Kemp added his solo shot, off the batter's eye in center, in the fifth. The series continues Thursday night at St. Lucie at 7:00 PM.

COLUMBUS, Georgia --was rained out. OF Ryan Russ was recently named the South Atlantic League Batter of the Week from May 23-May 29. Over the six-day period Russ batted .600 (12 for 20) with three doubles, two triples, a home run, eight RBI and eight runs scored. Russ also posted a .650 slugging percentage and a 1.050 slugging percentage. Russ is the first Catfish player to win this honor in 2005. The Catfish will play a double-header against Greenville Bombers (Boston Red Sox) tonight in Greenville.

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