Nakamura's Home Run in Eighth Wins for 51s

Nori Nakamura hit a game-winning run as Las Vegas dumped New Orleans 6-4. Edwin Jackson (3-4) allowed six runs for the second consecutive time as Jacksonville lost 8-2 to Tennessee. Vero pounded Ft. Myers 6-3 as Edwin Bellorin and Chin-lung Hu had two RBI. Scott Elbert ran his scoreless streak to 13 innings in a 5-0 win over Rome. Ogden lost 6-3 to Idaho Falls and failed to clinch the first-half title despite Adam Godwin's two RBI and the Gulf Coast Dodgers got strong pitching but lost 3-1.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Third baseman Nori Nakamura hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie as Las Vegas dumped New Orleans 6-4 to even the series at 1-1. The 51s had eight hits and right fielder Jason Grabowski's (2-for-3) RBI single tied the game at 4-4 before Nakamura's team-leading 19th home run. First baseman Brian Myrow was 2-for-3 with double and two runs scored. Right-hander Mike Neu pitched 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, 3 runs and struck out 2. He retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. Pat Mahomes pitched 2 innings, allowed 4 hits and 1 run. Franquelis Osoria (4-2) pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn the victory.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Edwin Jackson (3-4) gave up two home runs in the first inning, the first on the initial pitch of the game, then allowed another homer in the fifth as Tennessee avoided a series sweep with an 8-2 win. Jackson gave up six runs for the second consecutive outing as the heat index exceeded 100 degrees. The Suns got a first inning home run from Jon Weber for the second consecutive game, his 11th and Joel Guzman's ground ball scored Weber in the fourth inning. Weber led the Suns with three hits. Right-hander Justin Orenduff (3-1, 4.78 ERA) is scheduled to face Mobile tonight. The Suns are off Thursday. Sun Spots: Todd Donovan played second base for only the second time in his 506-game career. He moved over from center field on a double-switch in the sixth inning. …The home plate left the game after five innings because of heat exhaustion, delaying the game by 11 minutes. --Joe Block

FT. MYERS, Florida-- Fort Myers were happy to see the Dodgers leave town after they had pounded out 28 hits in Tuesday's doubleheader and then smacked 13 more hits Wednesday night in a 6-3 win. Cole Bruce led off the second with a single, stole second and went to third on a ground out. With two outs later he scored on an error. The Dodgers exploded for a five-run sixth inning. With runners at second and third and nobody out, Edwin Bellorin singled to right-center to drive in two runs and went to second on the throw home. After Ellis reached on an infield single, Jamie Hoffman knocked home Bellorin. With two outs Chin-Lung Hu singled to right, driving in the final two runs of the inning to make it 6-0. Fort Myers ended an 17-inning scoreless streak when they scored three in the sixth. Greg Miller started and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Alvis Ojeda turned in four scoreless relief innings to improve his record to 4-1 and Mark Alexander nailed the game down with his 18th save. Edwin Bellorin and Chin-lung Hu each drove in two runs to lead the offense. The Dodgers return home West Division First Half Champion Lakeland.

ROME, Goergia-- After a seven-inning complete game shutout in his last start, LHP Scott Elbert repeated that performance with an equally stellar outing against Rome, combining with LHP Wesley Wright on a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Braves. Elbert allowed just one hit in six innings while striking out five batters, and has not allowed a run in his last 13 innings, allowing just four hits. LF Ryan Carter and C Chris Westervelt each had two hits and two RBI for the Catfish, who scored runs in four straight innings to even the series at one game apiece. Wright finished the game with three shutout innings, getting his first five outs via strikeout to earn his first save. The Catfish shutout is the seventh of the season and second in last six days. Columbus meets the Braves tonight with RHP Jarod Plummer (0-1, 4.03 ERA) taking the hill.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho-- Ogden lost 6-3 to the Chukars, failed to take advantage of a Casper loss and will have to wait another day to clinch the first-half title in the Pioneer League's South Division. The Raptors remain one game ahead of Casper with two left to play in the first half. Ogden owns the tiebreaker, and can clinch the title with either a win or a Casper defeat. The Chukars did their best to help Ogden as they committed five errors, had two runners caught stealing and two more picked off first base. Ogden led 2-1 into the sixth before Idaho Falls scored five runs in the next three innings. Brent Leach started and pitched into the sixth, allowing two runs and six hits. In the seventh, Jordan Pratt (2-2) gave up a double and two walks before serving up a bases-clearing, tie-breaking triple. Adam Godwin went 2-for-4 and had a single in the third inning and a run-scoring double in the ninth to raise his batting average to .350. Jason Mooneyham added an RBI single and Jesus Soto a sacrifice fly that scored Godwin in the third. The Raptors return home tonight for the first of three games against in-state rival Orem.

MELBOURNE, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers got strong pitching but couldn't break through on the offensive side, losing 3-1 to the Nationals. Josh Wall (1-3) started and allowed two runs in his three innings. Charles Dansi, Juan Flores and Kalen Gearhart allowed only one run and one hit the rest of the way. In the secnd, Eduardo Perez and Carlos Santana singled and after a sacrifice bunt, Carlos Medero-Stullz knocked in the only run with a sacrifice fly.

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