Garcia's Heroics Boost Jacksonville to 5-4 win

Sergio Garcia singled in the tying run in the seventh and the winning run in the 11th as Jacksonville broke a four-game losing streak 5-4 with Luis Gonzalez winning his seventh in relief. Vero used a three-run third to help Julio Pimntel to his fifth win in a 5-3 victory. Columbus' Blake Johnson pitched six scoreless innings in a 7-1 win. The brand-new Ogden Raptors rallied last but lost a 7-4 decision and Las Vegas was blasted 14-3 despte a homer by Joe Thurston.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Sacramento thumped Las Vegas 14-3, in game two of an eight-game home stand. Four players collected multiple-hit games for the 51s. including third baseman Willy Aybar who was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI; first baseman Brian Myrow (2-for-4), right fielder Chin-Feng Chen (2-for-4) and second baseman Joe Thurston (2-for-3, with a home run and two runs scored. Pat Mahomes (5-5) suffered the loss. The veteran has drawn rain in each of his last three starts. Mahomes' last victory came on June 4. Since then, he is 0-3, and the 51s (31-41) have lost 15 of 17 games. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowed 8 hits, 8 runs, walked 6 and struck out 5. Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 1.1 innings, allowed 5 hits and 5 runs as the River Cats scored eight in the fifth inning. X-Files: Peter Guber, part of the 51s' ownership group, said the team needs a better stadium to attract fans. He pointed to the newest Strip hotels as an example of why Cashman Field is outdated. "Las Vegas is a great place to have a baseball team," Guber said. "But you're competing against the best of the best in entertainment. You need a facility that compares with that. We need a top-flight facility."

JACKSON, Tennessee-- Sergio Garcia drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Suns who won despite three ejections, beating the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 5-4, in 11 innings. Garcia singled home Delwyn Young to tie the game, 4-4, in the seventh and repeated the feat, giving the Suns the lead in the 11th. Garcia's two hits keyed the comeback bid for the Suns, breaking a four-game losing streak. Todd Donovan, Jon Weber and James Loney were ejected in the seventh inning in three separate incidents. Donovan argued that he hit a ball off the plate, thus foul, but it was ruled fair and he was thrown out both at first base and, then, after arguing, the game. Weber took a called strike three and was ejected after arguing. Loney threw the pine tar stick in the direction of teammate Delwyn Young near the batter's box, but it was deemed in the vicinity of the home plate umpire, and the third base umpire ejected Loney, who was replaced in the lineup by Garcia. As a result of the ejections, Eric Langill played a position other than catcher for the first time in his career and recorded four putouts at first base without error. David Nicholson played the outfield (right field) for the first time as a professional. Garcia played center field for the fifth time in his career. Suns relievers Richard Bartlett and Luis Gonzalez held the Diamond Jaxx hitless from the fifth through 10th innings. Gonzalez (7-1) earned the win and Jason Olson pitched a scoreless 11th for his fifth save. Shortstop Joel Guzman made a fielding error, but threw out a runner at the plate in the 11th, preserving the Suns lead. Andy LaRoche hit a three-run home run in the first inning, giving the Suns a 3-0 lead. Suns starter Joel Hanrahan pitched five innings and allowed four runs, including a pair of home runs. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (first Class AA start) is scheduled to oppose West Tenn in the third game of a four-game series. Sun Spots--The Suns stranded a season-high 14 runners. …Donovan's hitting streak ended at nine games. …The Suns played an 11th inning for the first time this season. The game was also the longest, lasting three hours, 55 minutes. --Joe Block

BREVARD COUNTY--Vero Beach used a three-run third Inning to take a 5-3 win as Chin-lung Hu went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Julio Pimentel pitched five innings for his fifth win of the season, while Hong-Chih Kuo tossed three perfect relief innings and Mark Alexander threw the 9th Inning for his 10th save. The Dodgers big inning began when Hu doubled with one out. Cory Dunlap singled him in for the game's first run. Justin Ruggiano then grounded a ball to third base, but it was thrown away trying for a force at second. Anthony Raglani singled to right field to score Dunlap and Ruggiano came home on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly to right field. Vero added to the lead in the 4th Inning when Edwin Bellorin and Jimmy Rohan singled. Tony Abreu then hit into a double play that scored Bellorin. In the 6th, Abreu tripled home Rohan, who was hit by a pitch. Pimentel surrendered three runs in his five innings. He allowed just five hits and one walk, while striking out three. Kuo did not allow a baserunner and struck out five in three innings of work. The Dodgers return home tonight against Jupiter.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- RHP Blake Johnson did not allow a run over six innings and LHP Carlos Alvarez gave up just an unearned run over three innings of relief as the Catfish evened their second half record at 1-1 with a 7-1 victory over Greenville. Johnson struck out seven and Alvarez earned his third save and struck out five in three innings. 3B Blake DeWitt had an RBI double and an RBI triple, and 2B Brandon Carter and 1B Dan Batz added multi-hit games. The Catfish broke a scoreless tie in the third inning tonight as DH Travis Denker doubled, giving the Fish a 1-0 lead. One pitch later, DeWitt doubled off the wall in left, making it 2-0. In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, a misplayed groundball by Greenville led to two more Catfish runs and a 4-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Columbus scored when CF Jamie Hoffmann lined his team-leading 84th hit of the season, a double to left drove home Batz and Carter's single scored Hoffmann. Carter has a multi-hit game in each of his last four appearances and in six of his last nine games. Alvarez pitched the final three innings for his third save, striking out two batters in each of the last two innings. The Catfish send RHP Chris Malone (7-2, 2.86 ERA) to the hill to face Greenville in the final game in a seven-game homestand.

ORUM, Utah--Ogden lost game two of a four game series with Cody White taking the loss while working three innings. He left the game trailing 2-1 but the Raptors could never catch up, eventually falling behind 7-1. A Raptors rally in the ninth cut the score to 7-4. With two runners on and the tying run at the plate, a double play ended the game. Third Baseman Russ Mitchell hit his second home run in as many games, a bomb over the 408 sign in centerfield. The Owlz took advantage White's (0-1) early wildness, scoring two runs in the first inning. Nathan Hochgesang took over and gave up hits to the first four batters in the fifth inning as the Owlz put the game out of reach. Jesus Soto had two hits for the Raptors, including an RBI double in the third inning, scoring Juan Rivera from first base for Ogden's first run of the night. The Raptors and Owls continue their four-game series at Parkway Crossing Stadium tonight.