Chen's Home Run Boosts Vegas to an 8-3 Win

Chin-Feng Chen's three run homer helped Derek Thompson to an 8-3 win at Tucson and a home run dumped Jacksonville 5-4 as Andy LaRoche extended his hitting streak to nine. Vero's Cory Dunlap banged a bases-loaded double to help Julio Pimentel beat Daytona 7-2 and aggressive baserunning by Shane Justis broke a 5-5 tie as Ogden beat Casper 6-5. The Gulf Coast Dodgers won their first 5-0 behind Eduardo Quintana, Ramon Parades (1-0), Kelvin Dominguez and Kalen Gearhart. Columbus had the day off.

TUCSON, Arizona-- Chin-Feng Chen hit a three-run homer (#10), and Derek Thompson got his first victory since being sent to Las Vegas as the 51s defeated the Tucson Sidewinders 8-3 Monday. Thompson (1-0) struck out five, walked two and scattered seven hits in five innings. Relievers Alfredo Gonzalez and Steve Schmoll each pitched two scoreless innings. Schmoll struck out four of the six batters he faced. Las Vegas took the lead in the third inning on Willy Aybar's RBI single and Chen's homer down the right-field line. Chen's clout capped a four-run inning and gave the 51s a 4-2 margin. Chen went 2-for-5 with four RBI. The other RBI came on a single that sparked a three-run seventh. Chen later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Nixon to give Las Vegas a 7-3 lead. Tucson closed to 4-3 in the fourth but the 51s scored three runs in the seventh. Norihiro Nakamura, Willy Aybar and Brian Myrow all had two hits for the 51s, part of a 10-hit attack.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-– A three-run home run on Joel Hanrahan's final pitch of the game, enabling the Stars to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 win. Hanrahan (4-4) allowed six runs over 4.1 innings. He has allowed 17 home runs in 15 starts between the Suns and Vero Beach. Nick Alvarez's RBI single in the second tied the score, 1-1. Joel Guzman hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score, 2-2, again in the third. Andy LaRoche's run-scoring single tied the game for the third time, 3-3, in the fifth and James Loney put the Suns ahead on an RBI single. Guzman had his third consecutive three-hit game, going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs. LaRoche went 3-for-5 and has seven hits in his last 10 at bats. He extended his hitting streak to nine games, tying a career-long. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (0-1, 18.90 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Huntsville tonight in the final game of a four-game series. Sun Spots: The Suns have lost seven of 10 games since clinching a playoff spot. …Jon Weber was kept out of the starting lineup to rest against the left-hander for the second consecutive day. He entered the game in the fifth inning on a double-switch and went 1-for-2. …The Suns had double-digit hits for the sixth consecutive game, batting .326 in that span. The Suns lead the Southern League in batting average, runs scored and walks drawn. …Reliever Jason Olson retired all five batters he faced. …The Suns stranded 10 baserunners, including the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning. --Joe Block

DAYTONA, Florida--Cory Dunlap banged a 6th-inning bases loaded double and Matt Kemp a two-RBI single in the 8th to help the Dodgers defeat Daytona 7-2 Monday night. Julio Pimentel tossed seven solid innings to earn the win and improve his record to 6-3. Tony Abreu went 4-5 and scored twice for the Dodgers. With the Dodgers trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Mayke Cabrera led off with a single. Tony Abreu laced a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third. With two out, the Cubs walked Justin Ruggiano. Dunlap quickly pointed out their mistake with a double over the right fielder's head to put the Dodgers ahead 4-2. In the sixth, Abreu reached on an infield hit. Xavier Paul sacrificed him to second and Ruggiano drew his second intentional walk of the game. Steve Kemp made that strategy backfire with a single that scored two. Abreu singled in Chin-lung Hu in the ninth to cap the scoring. Pimentel, Mark Alexander and Beltran Perez kept the Cubs off the board over the final four innings but Daytona left seven men on base over those last four frames. Pimentel gave up only one earned run in his seven innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out eight.

COLUMBUS, Georgia--The Fish had the day off because of the SAL All-Star Game.

OGDEN, Utah-- Shane Justis broke a 5-5 tie in the last of the ninth when he scored on a ground ball to first base, sliding around the tag, to give the Raptors a 6-5 win over the Casper Rockies Monday night. The victory was the team's fourth straight. Aaron Klusman (1-0) got the victory, pitching two shutout innings and allowing just three hits. Cody White and reliever Cory Wade had combined to pitch the first seven innings After giving up the first run in the second inning, the Raptors took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on three walks and three singles. Soto, Juan Apodaca and Richmond each had RBI singles. Russ Mitchell doubled home a run in the fifth for a 4-3 lead but an error allowed the Rockies to score twice and take the lead. Kristopher Krise starts against the Rockies' tonight.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Gulf Coast Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 Monday for their first victory of the season. In an unreported doubleheader, the Dodgers and Mets met Saturday night, with the Mets winning both. Eduardo Quintana, Ramon Parades (1-0), Kelvin Dominguez and Kalen Gearhart combined to allowed five hits and strike out nine. Adolfo Gonzalez singled and tripled to knock in a run. Jeremy Brown, Ivan DeJesus and C Kenley Jansen also had RBI. The Coasties got on the board in the third when Gonzalez tripled but was caught in a rundown and tagged out after Steve Sapp bounced back to the pitcher. Brown singled him home for the first run. In the fifth, Jansen doubled and Brown walked. DeJesus grounded a single up the middle to make it 2-0. The Dodgers put the game away in the sixth when Joshua Bell singled and Jose Nunez walked. Bell stole third and Nunez moved to second on a wild pitch. On a ground ball by Jesus Mora Nunez was thrown out at third. Gonzalez singled home a pair of runs and Jansen's single scored another to make it 5-0.