51s' losing streak stretches to 12

Columbus won its second game in a row, stopping Rome 6-3 before a record crowd as Chris Malone won his seventh game. Las Vegas let a 6-3 lead slip away and dropped their 12th straight game. Jacksonville, with the first half title in hand, rested the regulars and lost 7-1 as Edwin Jackson lost his first game since dropping down from Vegas. Vero Beach, who also earned a playoff slot, has a three-day all-star game break.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada--The 51s built a 6-3 lead but Tacoma rallied for their 10th straight win and handed Las Vegas its 12th straight loss in a classic case of two of teams traveling in different directions. Cody Ross, who was 3-for-4, banged solo homer in the second inning to put Las Vegas ahead, 2-1 and Brian Myrow added a solo shot in the third. Myrow's run-scoring single in the fourth gave the 51s a 6-3 lead and they led 6-4 when starter Harold Eckert left the game after five innings. However, relievers Alfredo Gonzalez and loser Tom Farmer (1-2), the third of five pitchers, were hit hard. Former Dodger Masao Kida retired all four batters he faced for his ninth save. Las Vegas has not won since an 8-7 triumph over Fresno on June 4 and was in first place in the Pacific Southern Division on May 29, but since then they have lost 16 of 18 games. Going into the game the 51s' pitching staff had an ERA of 6.02, second worst in the PCL and the offense averaged just 2.1 runs per game on the recent 0-8 trip to Tacoma and Sacramento. The club has lost Jason Grabowski, Antonio Perez, Jason Repko and Jayson Werth -- all promoted to the Dodgers -- but outfielder Chin-Feng Chen (bruised right hand) is expected to come off the disabled list today.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– One night after clinching the South Division first half title, the Suns rested its banged-up regulars and dropped a 7-1 decision to Montgomery. Edwin Jackson (0-1) made his Suns season debut and lost, allowing seven runs, two home runs and pitching five innings. Glenn Bott delivered four shutout innings of relief. The Biscuits took the lead in the first inning when on a two-run home run to deep right field. Four Suns errors contributed to three runs in the next two innings. Third baseman Andy LaRoche made three in the third inning on two plays. The Suns got their lone run from Jon Weber, who hit a solo shot in the first inning and Nick Alvarez led the Suns with two hits. William Juarez (4-0, 3.24 ERA) is scheduled to start tonight. Sun Spots: DH Sergio Garcia was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. The Suns elected to forfeit their designated hitter spot, substituting Garcia with the pitcher Bott. …The Suns had committed one error in their previous seven games. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Dodgers are off for three days for the Florida State League All-Star Game.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- RF Ryan Russ's fourth-inning three-run HR blew a close game open tonight as the Catfish beat Rome 6-3 in front of a season-high 2,548 fans. Russ's HR was the ninth HR in the series for Columbus. RHP Chris Malone won his team-leading seventh game of the season, working six innings and allowing one run while striking out seven. 2B Travis Denker drove in his sixth run of the series with a first-inning RBI double. A five-run fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave Columbus a comfortable cushion. 1B Dan Batz gave Columbus a 2-1 lead with a single through the right side. With the bases jammed, CF Jamie Hoffmann legged out a fielder's choice groundout, driving home a run, and Russ drove a towering three-run shot over the right field wall, giving Columbus a 6-1 lead. Malone struck out the side in the first inning and worked in and out of trouble, stranding six Rome runners. RHP Steve Nelson and LHP Carlos Alvarez finished the game. RHP Zach Hammes (1-3, 4.94 ERA) makes his second start of the season tonight.

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