Las Vegas Ends 12 Game Losing Streak

Las Vegas finally got the monkey off their back, winning 6-3 to stop a 12-game losing streak Cody Ross banged his 13th homer and Heath Totten got the big win. Andy LaRoche hit a three-run home run, his first for Jacksonville, but the Suns' bullpen lost the lead in a 4-3 loss. A bases-loaded walk in the ninth cost Columbus a 3-2 decision despite three hits by CF Jamie Hoffmann. Vero Beach had an open date.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas snapped their 12-game losing streak and Tacoma's 10-game winning streak with a 6-3 win Saturday night before a crowd of 7,323. The 51s, 30-38, recorded 9 hits and scored single runs from the second through the fifth innings to build a 4-0 lead. Center fielder Cody Ross was 2-for-2, with two RBI and hit his team-leading 13th home run over the center field fence in the fourth inning. He is batting .800 (8-for-10) over the last three games. Shortstop Norihiro Nakamura was 2-for-3, 2 RBI and right fielder Nick Theodorou was 2-for-5. Right-hander Heath Totten (6-3) pitched 6 solid innings to record his sixth victory. He allowed 6 hits, 3 runs and struck out 5. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 3 scoreless innings to record his third save. He retired 9 of 12 batters.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Andy LaRoche hit a three-run home run in the third inning, but the Suns' bullpen lost the lead in a 4-3 loss to Montgomery in front of 5,109 fans Saturday. LaRoche hit his first home run as a Sun after smacking 21 with the Class A Vero Beach Dodgers. His blast gave the Suns a 3-1 lead. Starter William Juarez gave up a leadoff home run to in the second inning and left after five innings, walking none and striking out three. The Biscuits tied the game in the seventh off reliever Luis Gonzalez. Beau Dannemiller loaded the bases on a single and two walks before being relieved. However, Gonzalez permitted the tying runs on two wild pitches. In the eighth, on the first pitch dealt from reliever Jonathan Broxton, Delmon Young hit his league-leading 14th home run, giving the Biscuits a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, with a runner on, Tydus Meadows hit a ball over the right field wall that Young caught, saving the lead and dealing the loss to Broxton (4-3). Right-hander Chad Billingsley (5-3, 4.12 ERA) is scheduled to face the Biscuits Sunday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Sun Spots: The Suns' bullpen allowed more earned runs Saturday (three) than it did over its previous 38.2 innings, spanning from the eighth inning June 5 through the sixth inning Saturday. …Jon Weber doubled in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. He struck out twice and had fanned only once since June 4 prior to Saturday. …The Suns are 2-for-20 when scoring three runs or fewer. …C Eric Langill, who went 2-for-2 to raise his average to .351, left the game in the seventh with a bruised right (throwing) hand. He will be examined and is day-to-day. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Florida State League paused for the annual all-star game. second baseman Tony Abreu, shortstop Chin-lung Hu, right fielder Justin Ruggiano and c Ed Bellorin saw action as did pitchers Justin Orenduff and Chuck Tiffany. Ruggiano scored a run and Bellorin slugged a double.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- LHP Chad Bailey surrendered a bases-loaded walk in the ninth, giving Rome a 3-2 victory over the Catfish. CF Jamie Hoffmann had three singles and reached in all four plate appearances in a losing effort. Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by 2B Travis Denker that scored Hoffmann from third. Rome scored on unearned run off RHP Zach Hammes in the third inning and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. In the fifth inning, 1B Cole Bruce tied the game at two with a sacrifice fly to score RF Ryan Russ. The Catfish preserved the tie when LF Ryan Carter threw out a runner at the plate trying to score in the top of the sixth inning. In the ninth inning, Bailey loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter, and Rome took the lead without the benefit of a base hit. The Fish could not rally in the last of the ninth. Sunday the Fish wrap up a four-game series and finish the first half of play. RHP Brandon Weeden (2-5, 4.89 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Columbus.

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