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
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.