Thurston Replaces Navarro in the PCL All-Star Game

Montgomery scored six runs in the last three innings to defeat the Suns, 8-2, handing Joel Hanrahan the loss. A.J. Ellis homered to give Vero Beach a 3-2 win over Clearwater. Columbus beat Asheville 5-2 as Blake Johnson won his team-high 8th game. Juan Rivera and Juan Apodaca homered as Ogden won 9-8 win Helena and the Coasties lost 6-1 despite Greg Millers third straight solid rehab performance. Las Vegas is off for the PCL All-Star break.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Second baseman Joe Thurston was named to the 2005 PCL All-Star Team and will represent the Las Vegas 51s. Thurston will replace catcher Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the disabled list. Thurston will appear as a member of the PCL All-Star Team who will face the International League All-Star Team in the 18th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:05 p.m. (PDT) in a game nationally televised by ESPN2. Thurston has enjoyed a solid season in his fourth campaign in Las Vegas. He has appeared in 70 games and is batting .295 (67-for-227) with 9 doubles, 6 home runs and 35 RBI and has played stellar defense. He became the franchise all-time leader in hits and at-bats on April 23, 2005, against Sacramento, surpassing Joey Cora (448-for-1,471) who played for the Las Vegas Stars from 1987-90. Thurston ranks first in at-bats, hits, doubles, triples and total bases.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-– Montgomery scored six runs in the last three innings to defeat the Suns, 8-2. Starting pitcher Joel Hanrahan (4-5) took the loss, allowing three unearned runs in 3.2 innings. James Loney doubled home David Nicholson in the sixth inning for the Suns' first run. Loney extended his hitting streak to nine games bringing him one shy of his career high. Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out RBI single plating Loney and bringing the Suns within a run, 3-2. Reliever Carlos Alvarez was tagged for three runs to put the game out of reach, handing the Suns their third consecutive home loss. The Suns are off from Tuesday to Thursday for the Southern League All-Star Game in Mobile, Alabama. Sun Spots: James Loney played right field for the first time since 2003, while with Vero Beach. It was the only other time he has played outfield in his career. ...SS Joel Guzman left the game with an injury in the sixth inning after legging out a grounder at first base. He was replaced by David Nicholson. …The Suns have lost more games at home this season (24) than in 2004 when the Suns owned the best record (46-23). …The Suns didn't hit a home run in a series. --Brian DeLettre

VERO BEACH, Florida-- A.J. Ellis hit a lead-off, go-ahead homer in the 6th Inning to give Vero Beach a 3-2 win over Clearwater. Chuck Tiffany threw six solid innings to earn his team-leading 7th win of the season. Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-4 night. Jimmy Rohan doubled in the third and scored on Tony Abreu's sacrifice fly. Clearwater jumped in front 2-1 in the fourth but Cory Dunlap led off with a single to right. An Ellis single brought him home to tie the score. A.J.'s game-winning homer came in his next at bat in the 6th.

ASHEVILLE, NC-- Columbus beat Asheville 5-2 winning for the third straight day to take the season series. Rain pushed back the start 98 minutes. The Catfish offense managed 13 hits and five runs, while RHP Blake Johnson won his team-high 8th game with seven strong innings. RHP Brian Akin earned his first save. Columbus took a 1-0 lead when C Chris Westervelt singled home 3B Blake DeWitt in the top of the 2nd. In the third, Asheville tied the score. Westervelt singled DeWitt home again in the fourth inning to give the Fish a 2-1 lead. Batz made it 3-1 in the 5th with an RBI double, and the Fish scored runs in the seventh and ninth for the win. 2B Brandon Carter drove home a run in the seventh with a single and finished 3-for-5 today. Johnson gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out six over seven innings today. The Catfish travel to Greenville and start a four-game series with the Bombers tonight.

HELENA, Montana-- Juan Rivera led off the game with a home run, and Juan Apodaca added a two-run blast two innings later as the Ogden Raptors began their seven-game road trip with a 9-8 win over the Helena Brewers Monday night. The game featured the top two teams in the Pioneer League, and got on the board first on Rivera's shot. The Raptors added two more runs in the inning to give starter Mario Alvarez a comfortable cushion before he even threw a pitch. But the Brewers tied the game in the last of the same inning, setting the stage of the see-saw contest. The Raptors finally took the lead for good on Sergio Pedroza's run-scoring groundout in the sixth. David Pfeiffer (2-1), Jonathan Meloan and Ramon Troncoso (save #5) didn't allow the Brewers to score any runs after the fifth inning. They combined to allow just two harmless singles while striking out five. Rivera led the Raptors' offense with three hits, while Apodaca, Russ Mitchell and David Sutherland had two hits apiece.Raptors Notes: Apodaca's home run was his fifth of the year. He and Sutherland also scored twice... -- John Meloan pitched two innings of no-hit ball. ... The Raptors and Brewers continue their four-game series tonight at 7:05 in Helena.

VERO BEACH, Florida--The Nationals struck for four runs in the third inning and held on to top the Gulf Coast League Dodgers 6-1. Ivan DeJesus knocked in Matt Paul in the eighth inning to break the Nats shutout. DeJesus and Paul had a pair of hits each. Jorge Castillo started and worked a pair of scoreless innings. Steve Johnson was tagged with the four-run explosion in the third and took the loss. Greg Miller pitched four innings, his longest rehab stint of the summer, and allowed four hits and no earned runs.

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