Five Homers Can't Save Columbus in a 14-10 Loss

Las Vegas lost 5-4 on a throwing error as Todd Donovan hit in his 12th straight game. Andy LaRoche slammed a three-run homer and Delwyn Young added another in a 9-3 Suns win. Vero Beach knocked out rehabbing Steve Trachsel and took a 4-3 win as Tony Abreu had three hits. Ogden slugged five homers, four in the third inning and two by Russell Mitchell, but lost 14-10. The Coasties gave up five in the 14th to lose 8-3 with Eduardo Gonzalez collecting three hits and Columbus was washed out.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado-- The Sky Sox used a throwing error in the eighth to edge Las Vegas 5-4. The 51s recorded 10 hits and took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Four players collected multiple-hit games: center fielder Todd Donovan was 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 12 games; first baseman Brian Myrow, right fielder Cody Ross and shortstop Jose Flores were all 2-for-4. Colorado Springs scored the go ahead run in the eighth inning on a throwing error by pitcher Pat Mahomes (6-8). Right-hander T.J. Nall pitched 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, issued no walks and struck out 6 but left trailing 4-3. Beau Dannemiller Alfredo Gonzalez each pitched a scoreless inning and Mahomes allowed the unearned run in the eighth. The finale of the five-game series is tonight.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young each hit three-run home runs in consecutive innings to propel the Suns past the Birmingham Barons, 9-3. In the third inning, Sergio Garcia dropped a two-out squeeze bunt to bring home Justin Ruggiano, cutting the Barons lead to 2-1. After James Loney singled, LaRoche followed with a three-run home run to right field giving the Suns a 4-2 advantage. The home run broke an 0-for-15 slump and was LaRoche's first RBI in 13 games. Young blasted a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Loney doubled in another run, extending the Suns' lead to 8-3. Chad Billingsley labored through four innings, throwing 91 pitches and allowed three runs while striking out five. The heat index was 101 degrees. Carlos Alvarez (2-0) pitched three shutout innings en route to the victory. Hong-chih Kuo retired the final six Barons batters. Tydus Meadows hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. All the Suns' runs came with two outs. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (4-6, 5.46 ERA) is scheduled to face the Barons tonight. Sun Spots: Delwyn Young played the outfield (right field) for the first time in his career and recorded a putout in the seventh inning. He replaced Jon Weber who was removed after the first inning at the manager's discretion. --Brian DeLettre

ST. LUCIE, Florida-- Not even Steve Trachsel, working a major league injury rehab start, could stop the streaking Dodgers, who escaped took a 4-3 win. Tony Abreu went 3-for-5 and scored twice to lead the Dodgers to their fourth straight win, matching their season long winning streak. Brian Pilkington earned the win in relief to improve his record to 4-6. Trachsel lasted 2.2 innings and had difficulty with his control early on. Abreu and Matt Kemp singled before Abreu then scored on a passed ball to give Vero and early lead. Chin-lung Hu reached on an infield single with out in the third against Trachsel. Cole Bruce then singled to knock him out of the game. Cory Dunlap greeted him with a single to make it 2-0. The Dodgers added a run in the sixth when Bruce tripled and Cory Dunlap doubled him home. In the ninth, Abreu singled with one out to give him eight hits in the last two games. Hu followed with a single, but was caught trying to steal second. With two outs and a 2-2 count, Kemp singled to left, scoring Abreu. With a 4-2 lead. Mark Alexander, who entered in the eighth, gave up a leadoff homer in the ninth and then with one out, allowed a single and a walk. But he fanned the final two batters record his 16th save. Greg Miller, making his first start in Vero Beach since his remarkable 2003 season, allowed one hit in 1.2 innings before hitting his pitch count. He walked four and struck out two. Pilkington followed with 5.2 innings during which he surrendered only three hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out six and walking just one.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Due to rain and unplayable field conditions at Golden Park, the game with Kannapolis was cancelled. The Catfish take on the Savannah tonight.

OGDEN, Utah-- The Raptors fell behind 8-0 in the third, rallied for six in the third but Helena banged out 11 hits and won 14-10. Ogden banged out five home runs in the contest, including four in the big sixth inning but it wasn't enough. Down eight runs, Adam Godwin singled and Rick Taloa homered (#2). With two out, Justin Crist homered (#!), David Sutherand singled and Russell Mitchell homered (#9). Juan Apodaca followed with a homer (#8) and BJ Richmond and Godwin, up for the second time in the inning, singled. But the 10th batter in the inning struck out. Mitchell homered again in the seventh. Dave Pfeiffer (2-2) started and was treated roughly, giving up eight runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the second inning, then were held scoreless over the next 12 innings before losing a n 8-3 decision in 14 innings to the Marlins. Joshua Bell walked to open the third and Carlos Medero-Stullz and Adolfo Gonzalez singled to load the bases. Jose Miguel Nunez walked to force in one run and with one out Eloy Gutierrez walked to tie the game 2-2. Jeremy Brown hit a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers an early 3-2 margin. Ramon Parades started and allowed three runs in 5.1 innings, Howar Zuleta gave up one hit in 2.1 innings, Miguel Ramirez worked 1.1 scoreless innings and Wilfredo Diaz threw four shutout frames before giving up a walk and a bunt single in the top of the 14th. Eduardo Quintana followed and allowed but runners to score plus three more runs to put the game away. Gonzalez collected three of the Dodgers seven hits, including a double.

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