Jacksonville Alone in First Place

Las Vegas dropped a 10-8 decision to Fresno despite solo home runs by Cody Ross, Brian Myrow and Dioner Navarro. Jacksonville moved into sole possession of first place in the Southern League with a 9-8 win over Chattanooga on Jon Weber's looping single in the 10th and giving Luis Gonzalez his sixth win without a defeat. Vero was contemplating the construction of an ark after their fourth straight rainout and Blake DeWitt hit for the cycle in Columbus, helping the Catfish to an 11-10 victory.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Las Vegas 10-8, on Sunday afternoon in PCL action to even the series at 1-1. The two teams collected 25 hits with the 51s recording 12 hits and five players collected multiple-hit games. Right fielder Cody Ross was 2-for-5 with a solo home run; third baseman Norihiro Nakamura was 2-for-4, RBI; second baseman Willy Aybar was 2-for-5, 2 RBI; first baseman Brian Myrow was 2-for-5 with a solo home run and catcher Dioner Navarro was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Las Vegas trailed 7-1 and cut the deficit to 8-7 after seven innings but Fresno held on for the win. Right-hander Buddy Carlyle (0-2) suffered the loss. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 8 hits, 7 runs, walked 2 and struck out 4.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee-– Despite allowing the Chattanooga Lookouts to tie or re-take a lead in three successive innings, the Suns won their fifth consecutive game, 9-8, in 10 innings Sunday. Jon Weber's flared single gave the Suns a lead in the 10th inning. Weber had three hits, including another RBI single which gave the Suns their first lead, 3-2, in the fifth. It made a winner out of Luis Gonzalez (6-0) who loaded the bases with a single and two walks in the ninth, but pitched a perfect 10th. The Suns (30-27) have won nine of the last 11 and moved into first place alone for the first time since May 18, 2004. It is the latest in a half the Suns have been in first place since 2002. Joel Hanrahan gave up a two-run, first inning home run and was lifted with two outs in the fifth with the score tied, 4-4. Relievers Jason Olson and Beau Dannemiller allowed two-out, two-run home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing the Lookouts to tie or re-take the lead. Tydus Meadows hit a two-run, go-ahead home run in the sixth and manufactured the tying run in the eighth when he walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on another wild pitch. Right-hander Jonathan Broxton (2-2, 3.90 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Chattanooga Monday in the third game of a four-game series. SUN SPOTS: 3B Brian Sprout is 14-for-39 (.359) with 11 RBI in his last 10 games. …The Suns allowed double-digit hits for the first time in 13 games. …The Suns are 23-3 when scoring five or more runs. --Joe Block

--Dodgers General Manager Emily Christy won't be found dancing in the street kicking up water like Gene Kelly while humming "Singing in the Rain," after her Dodgers were rained out for the fourth time in succession Sunday. They were able to squeeze in three innings before the downpour washed things out again with the Cubs leading 4-2 in the top of the fourth. The suspended game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday in a game that will go the full nine innings. The second game of the double-header will be shortened to seven innings.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--3B Blake DeWitt hit for the cycle and drove in four runs as outfielder Brandon Carter ended a marathon game Sunday with a single over the head of the Asheville right fielder, giving the Catfish an 11-10 victory over the Tourists. Carter finished the game 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, and as the Catfish scored a season-high 11 runs. LHP Carlos Alvarez tossed three scoreless innings for the victory, striking out five while improving to 2-2 this season. RHP Chris Malone started for Columbus, and while Malone allowed just one earned runs in his last two starts (both complete-game victories), he gave up three runs in the first inning. DeWitt's first hit, an RBI double, put the Catfish on the board in the first but trailing 3-1. Columbus took a lead in the third inning, scoring five when 2B Travis Denker drove in a run with a double to cut the lead to 3-2. DeWitt's 6th HR of the season, a two-run shot, gave Columbus a 4-3 lead and Carter added a two-run single to make it 6-3 Columbus. Asheville scored five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to grab a 10-6 advantage, but the Fish came back in the sixth inning to tie it with four runs. Denker's second and third RBI of the game came on a two-run single, and DeWitt tripled to left-center to complete the cycle and tie the ballgame at ten. In the ninth, 1B Dan Batz led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by C Gabriel Gutierrez, and was replaced by pinch-runner Sam Steidl. Steidl scored when Carter ripped the first pitch into deep right for a walk-off RBI single. The win gives the Catfish a 23-34 record and lasted a season-long three hours and forty-four minutes. Columbus sends RHP Zach Hammes (1-3, 4.50 ERA) to the hill for his first start of the season Monday night.

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