Edwin Jackson Stops Montgomery 2-1

Young Edwin Jackson, dismissed as a flash in the pan by many 'experts' dominated Montgomery Friday night, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. Vero Beach's was dumped 6-1 in a rain-shortended game at Sarasota with Matt Kemp banging a homer. Columbus was buried under four home runs in Asheville and Ogden lost for only the third time at home, 8-5, despite a pair of home runs by Russell Mitchell. Las Vegas and the Gulf Coast Dodgers were rained out.

PORTLAND, Oregon-- Friday night's game between the Portland Beavers and Las Vegas 51s at PGE Park was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Edwin Jackson allowed one unearned run over seven innings, pacing the Suns to their fourth consecutive victory, a 2-1 win over Montogmery. Jackson (2-2) equaled his longest outing of the season, permitting a run in the seventh. Suns manager John Shoemaker visited the mound and Jackson, through his body language, demonstrated he wanted to stay in the ballgame. He got out of the inning with the 2-1 lead and the bullpen held the narrow advantage. Carlos Alvarez pitched around an error to yield a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched on back-to-back days for the second time this season, offering a scoreless ninth to earn his second save in as many nights. Tydus Meadows scored on a throwing error by the Biscuits first baseman, giving the Suns a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Meadows led the Suns with three hits. Jon Weber drove in Justin Ruggiano with a two-out single in the fifth inning. Right-hander William Juarez (4-1, 3.38 ERA) is scheduled to face Montgomery tonight. Sun Spots: C Russell Martin and 3B Andy LaRoche leave for Detroit for the Futures Game and will not be with the Suns from Saturday through Monday. …Ruggiano is 5-for-7 since joining the Suns on Tuesday. --Joe Block

SARASOTA--After the start of Friday's game in Sarasota was delayed 50 minutes, another storm shortened the game to a 6-1 Reds win in five complete innings. Matt Kemp hit his 16th home run of the season and reliever Orlando Rodriguez struck out six in two innings for the Dodgers. Sarasota erupted for five runs in the second inning off starter Julio Pimentel and went up 6-0 in the third. The Dodgers answered with Kemp's homer over the right-center field fence in the top of the 4th. With Hurricane Dennis barrelling down on the Gulf, Saturday's finale of the 4-game series in doubt. The Reds will assess the situation Saturday morning before deciding whether or not to attempt to play the game. Sarasota leads the season series four games to three.

ASHEVILLE, NC-- McComick Field in Asheville has a reputation as a hitter's paradise and the Tourists provided proof Friday, beating the Catfish 9-3 while hitting four home runs. Columbus scored just three runs, two on solo round-trippers. RHP Jarod Plummer pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief, and RF Ryan Carter hit a solo HR and drove home two. Catfish starter RHP Zach Hammes gave up a solo HR in the second and scored three more in the third. Asheville, knocked Hammes from the game trailing 9-0. The Catfish scored on solo HRs by Carter and SS Dominique Laurin in the fifth inning. The Catfish scored a run in the ninth inning on Carter's RBI single. RHP Brandon Weeden (2-7, 4.74 ERA) starts for Columbus against Asheville tonight.

OGDEN, Utah-- The Ogden Raptors lost the opening game of a two game series against the Casper Rockies 8-5 on Friday night. David Sutherland drove in Jesus Soto in the fifth inning to tie the score at 5-5. But the Rockies scored two runs in the 7th and one in the 8th to lead by three and held on to win. The Raptors were lead by third baseman Russ Mitchell, who hit 2 home runs in the game. He hit a solo shot to lead off the 2nd inning, and then a two run blast in the third. That brings Mitchell's home run total on the season to seven, tops in the Pioneer League.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers were rained out.

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