Vero Clinches Title; Sun's Magic Number is 2

The Vero Beach Dodgers clinched the East Division of the Florida State League with a tough, 3-2 win over Jupiter with A.J. Ellis knocking in the winning run and Casey Hoorelbeke picking a runner off in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Jacksonville won their sixth straight and cut their magic number to two with a 5-4 win behind Richard Bartlett's relief pitching and Nick Alvarez's game-winning single. Las Vegas lost their 10th in a row and Columbus had the day off.

SACRAMENTO, California-- Sacramento handed Las Vegas a franchise-tying record 10th loss n a row, 8-5. The 51s are now 0-7 on the road trip. The team set the record in 1984 and tied it in 1994. The 51s, 29-36, recorded 7 hits and were led by shortstop Jose Flores with a 2-for-4, 2 RBI performance. Center fielder Henri Stanley and first baseman Brian Myrow were each 1-for-4 with solo home runs. Second baseman Joe Thurston was 1-for-3 with a double. The 51s took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth on Henri Stanley's one-out solo homer. But Sacramento scored four runs with two outs in the bottom half with reliever Steve Schmoll (0-3) taking he loss. Left-hander Odalis Perez pitched 2 innings, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs on his first rehab start. Right-hander T.J. Nall pitched 4 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. The finale of the eight-game road trip is tonight.

ZEBULON, N.C--The Suns cut their magic number to two as Nick Alvarez singled in the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning to give the Suns their sixth consecutive win, a 5-4 victory against Carolina. Winning pitcher Richard Bartlett (1-1) stranded the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning, preserving a 4-4 tie. He delivered a scoreless seventh as well. Jonathan Broxton, in his first relief appearance since April 2003, allowed a leadoff single, but otherwise retired the side in order in the eighth. Luis Gonzalez earned his third save, recording a perfect ninth. Starting pitcher Eric Hull gave up a two-run home run in the fourth and gave up back-to-back hits to start the sixth before departing. Reliever Beau Dannemiller, pitching on one day's rest after going a season-long 3-2/3 innings Monday, walked three batters, allowing the tying run to score in the sixth. Jon Weber hit his eighth home run, a leadoff shot in the third. Weber had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (3-3, 4.45 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Montgomery tonight in the first game of a four-game series which concludes the first half. Sun Spots: The Suns' magic number decreased to two vs. Birmingham and could be as low as two pending a Mississippi loss. Under that scenario, if those two teams lose and the Suns win Thursday, the Suns will clinch the South Division title and make the post-season for the first time in the Baseball Grounds era. …Weber has 13 hits in last 19 at bats, spanning the last four games and has hit safely in 17 of 18 games. …The Suns are 12-2 in June. …The Suns are 30-3 when scoring five or more runs. …After hitting a stand-up double, LF Tydus Meadows left the game under his own power in the sixth because of an unspecified injury. …The Suns' bullpen has allowed two earned runs over its last 31 innings. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers clinched the first half tile in the Florida State League East Division when Casey Hoorelbeke picked off pinch-runner for final out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over Jupiter. The Dodgers now boast a record of 39-25. Anthony Raglani drove in A.J. Ellis in the top of the ninth with a check-swing infield single to give the Dodgers the lead. The Dodgers took an early lead in the first inning when Chin-lung Hu walked and later scored on a fly ball by Justin Ruggiano stroked a fly ball to right to score Hu. Vero Beach added another in the second when Cory Dunlap singled with one out and went to third on a ground-rule double by Raglani. A balk made it 2-0. That's the way the score stayed until the seventh. Vero starter Jonathan Figueroa pitched around six walks in five innings to keep Jupiter off the scoreboard. He allowed just one hit and struck out five, but did not figure in the decision. The Hammerheads tied the score in the seventh against reliever Beltran Perez. The Dodgers took the lead in the ninth. Ellis led off with a single to right field. A pair of ground balls moved him to third where Raglani's infield single scored Ellis to give the Dodgers the decisive run. In the bottom of the ninth, Justin Simmons surrendered a single and a walk. Hoorelbeke got the second out of the inning, then picked a runner off second base to nail down the first half pennant. That gave Hoorelbeke his first save of the season and Perez his first win. It also marked the Dodgers 7th straight win against the Hammerheads. The series in Jupiter concludes with a special morning game today. Chuck Tiffany (5-4) will start for the Dodgers.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--open. The Catfish have just four games left in the first half and will open a seven-game homestand tonight with South Atlantic League All-Star RHP Blake Johnson (4-3, 2.83 ERA) takes the rubber.

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