Jacksonville and Vero Put 'Ws' on the Board

A four-run seventh in Fresno dumped Las Vegas 5-1 and tagged Heath Totten with the loss. Nick Alvarez doubled for two and Russell Martin added a two-run homer as The 51s won 4-2. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 and Chuck Tiffany fanned nine as Vero won 6-5. An unearned run dumped Columbus 3-2 despite two triples by Jamie Hoffmann. The Raptors scored 11 and costed in with a 12-1 win. The Coasties lost a tough, 2-1 game as Greg Miller made his second start and allowed no hits or runs over three innings

FRESNO, California-- A two-run, pinch-hit homer highlighted a four-run seventh inning as Fresno stopped Las Vegas 5-1. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, a one-out triple, a single and the winning home run off Las Vegas starter Heath Totten (6-6) allowed four runs, all earned. The 51s Mike Nixon, the only player on either team with more than one hit, went 2-for-4 with a double and a scored in a double.

MOBILE, Alabama-- Nick Alvarez doubled in two runs in the seventh inning and Russell Martin doubled in two runs in the eighth, giving the Suns a lead they would not relinquish in a 4-1 win over Mobile. Starter Eric Hull struck out nine and allowed one run over 5.2 innings, but got a no-decision. Carlos Alvarez relieved Hull, stranded two runners in the sixth and picked up the victory. After Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect seventh, Luis Gonzalez pitched two shutout innings to earn his fourth save. The four Suns pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (1-1, 10.80 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile tonight. Sun Spots: Todd Donovan was promoted to Class AAA Las Vegas following the ballgame. …Eric Langill lined out as a pinch-hitter, halting his career-long seven-game hitting streak. …The Suns have not lost on Independence Day since 2000. --Joe Block

ST. LUCIE, Florida-- Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 and missed the cycle by a home run as the Vero Beach Dodgers beat the Mets 6-4 on Independence Day. Chuck Tiffany went six innings, striking out nine batters, to pick up the win and improve to 6-5. Mark Alexander pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save. Kemp is the third Dodger in as many nights to finish one hit short of the cycle. Anthony Raglani missed a triple Sunday and Chin-lung Hu needed only a single on Saturday. It was Kemp that got the Dodgers started offensively, singling then tieing the game on a wild pitch. Vero took the lead in the fourth inning. Cole Bruce singled and A.J. Ellis doubled him to third. Tony Abreu tripled home both baserunners and put the Dodgers ahead 3-1. The Mets got one of those runs back in the bottom of the third with a home run. Abreu led off the seventh with a bunt single and scored on a single by Anthony Raglani. Kemp then tripled and scored an errant relay throw to finish the Dodgers scoring. Kemp and Abreu each finished with three hits, while Ellis chipped in two hits and a walk. The Dodgers return home Tuesday night at 7:00 PM to finish the 4-game series with the Mets.

HICKORY, N.C.--Hickory spoiled the Catfish Fourth of July by scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning on two Columbus Catfish errors to score the tie-breaking run and win 3-2 in the opener of a four-game series. RHP Steve Nelson took the loss for Columbus, committing one of the two Catfish errors. CF Jamie Hoffmann tripled twice and finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hoffmann now has 99 hits in 79 games this season and leads the South Atlantic League with nine triples. The Fish took an early lead in the third inning on SS Dominique Laurin's first HR of the season. Hickory scored twice in the third inning against LHP Scott Elbert to make it 2-1 Crawdads. Hoffmann's first triple in the sixth inning and a Hickory error tied the game at two. RHP Blake Johnson (6-3, 2.90 ERA) starts tonight for Columbus.

CASPER, Wyoming--The Raptors ended the Rockies hopes early, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings. Sergio Pedroza continued his cannonading, banging out three hits and knocking in four. David Sutherland had three hits and three RBI while Russell Mitchell homered and knocked in three. The Raptors got off running in the first inning when singed and Jesus Soto reached on an error. Sutherland singled in both runners. in the second B. J. Richmond singled and Shane Justis homered. Adam Godwin walked and stole second before scoring on Pedroza's second single. Soto singled and with two out, Mitchell banged his fourth homer for an 8-0 lead. Pedroza whacked a three-run homer in the third to pretty well ice the game. The fireworks made things easy for Hector Arias (1-0) who worked into the sixth ad allowed four hits and a pair of earned runs while fanning seven. Matthew Gomez de Segura, Jon Meloan and Nathan Hochgesang threw blanks the rest of the game.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Eloy Gutierrez singled to score Yosanddy Garcia in the third inning for the Gulf Coast Dodgers but single runs in the fifth and sixth decided the pitching battle. Greg Miller made his second start and sparkled, allowing no hits or run runs over three innings while fanning six. Miguel Sanfler (1-1) took the loss, giving up all four Nationals hits and both runs. Arismendy Castillo finished with two shutout innings. Carlos Santana singled and doubled for the Coasties, who outhit the Nationals 6-4, Gutierrez had a pair of singles.

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