Five Home Runs Can't Help Las Vegas

Las Vegas is happy to get back on the road after a 2-6 homestand capped by a 10-8 loss despite home runs by Henri Stanley (2), Joe Thurston, Cody Ross and Dioner Navarro. Sergio Garcia's first error of the season allowed a run in the ninth and handed Jacksonville a 2-1 loss. Vero Beach showed no effects of the four consecutive rainouts as Tony Abreu's 2-run single gave them a 4-3 win. The Catfish jumped into a 2-0 lead before their road game problems (they're 7-21) jumped up and bit them.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--Fresno defeated the Las Vegas 51s, 10-8 to end a forgettable eight-game home stand in which they went 2-6 and dropped out of first place. The 51s, posted a season-high five home runs to pile up a 6-5 lead they took into the ninth after second baseman Joe Thurston (2-for-4) hit a home run to lead off the eighth. Center fielder Henri Stanley was 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI; right fielder Cody Ross was 2-for-4 with two home runs; catcher Dioner Navarro was 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI and batted .688 (11-for-16) in the series. The Grizzlies rallied for five runs in the ninth inning off right-hander Aquilino Lopez (3-4). Rehabbing Elmer Dessens pitched 3 innings, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in his second start. Right-hander Heath Totten pitched 5 innings, coming off a 15-day suspension for violating the minor league drug policy, worked five innings, allowed 6 hits and struck out 4 and was in line for the win before the explosion in the ninth. X-Files: Manager Jerry Royster said outfielder Chin-Feng Chen will miss about two more weeks with an injured right wrist. ... Outfielder/first baseman Derek Michaelis has been promoted from Double-A Jacksonville. …The 51s have a scheduled off day today and will begin an eight-game road trip on Thursday at Tacoma.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee--Shortstop Sergio Garcia dropped a ground ball while exchanging it from glove to hand, allowing the game-winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Lookouts a 2-1 win, The loss snapped the Suns' six-game winning streak and the error was the first committed by Garcia this season. The Suns were limited to a first inning run, on Delwyn Young's RBI single. Suns starter Chad Billingsley allowed four hits over seven innings, striking out six, but earned a no-decision. Luis Gonzalez (6-1) walked the first two batters in the ninth and earned his first loss. After an off-day today, left-hander Eric Stults (3-2, seventh-best 3.02 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Carolina, Sun Spots: It was the Lookouts' first home win in 10 games. …SS Joel Guzman (sore left shoulder) missed his second consecutive game and will be examined by a specialist in Jacksonville on Wednesday. …C Russell Martin, who did not start Tuesday for a routine day off, has been hit with a pitch in five consecutive games. --Joe Block.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers gutted out a 4-3 win over the Daytona Cubs Tuesday night as Tony Abreu's 2-run, 6th-inning single capped a three-run inning to help the Dodgers come back. Casey Hoorelbeke worked three scoreless relief innings to earn his team-leading 5th win. Although there was only seven runs scored between the two teams, there were a total of 14 hits 13 walks, 4 errors, 2 hit batters and 2 wild pitches. The Dodgers left 8 men on base, while the Cubs stranded 15, including nine from the 4th through 7th innings. Dayton scored twice in the fourth inning to take an early lead and led 2-1 into the sixth. Justin Ruggiano laced a one-out single, Anthony Raglani walked, then Edwin Bellorin stroked a ground-rule double to tie the game. One out later, Abreu delivered his clutch hit on an 0-2 count to put Vero on top for good, 4-2. Daytona scored an unearned run in the ninth, but Mark Alexander got a strikeout to end the game and earn his seventh save. The Dodgers now go on a three-game road trip against the Palm Beach Cardinals in Jupiter.

GREENSBORO, N.C.--Despite rolling up a 2-0 lead in the first, the Catfish lost a 5-2 decision as the old road-game jinx again struck them. The young Columbus team is 7-21 on the road. RHP Javy Guerra took the loss despite five solid innings, as the Denton, TX native left the game in the sixth inning with the go-ahead run on after suffering an injury. A Greensboro two-run HR in the seventh inning put the game out of reach, and the Fish didn't have a baserunner in the final three innings. The game featured a forty-minute rain delay before the first pitch. In the first inning, DH Travis Denker doubled home 1B David Nicholson from second base, his fourth RBI in the last two games. One pitch later, 3B Blake DeWitt doubled to score Denker. The teams were tied 2-2 into the bottom of the sixth when Guerra had to leave the game with an injury and RHP Zach Hammes was called upon in an emergency relief situation. The Catfish missed two chances to turn a double play and Greensboro took a 3-2. The Catfish three-game road winning streak ended. Tonight Columbus sends RHP Brandon Weeden (2-3, 3.47 ERA) to the mound to make his 11th start of the season.

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