SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee-- Tydus Meadows' grand slam in the fifth inning, gave the Suns a lead they would not relinquish in an 11-7 win over the Tennessee Smokies. Meadows' homer (#15) capped a five-run in which the Suns built a 7-3 advantage for starting pitcher Justin Orenduff. Orenduff (5-1) gave up four runs in five innings, including two home runs, but won his fifth consecutive decision. Reliever Beltran Perez struck out the league RBI leader with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth to earn his first save since June 30, 2004. The Smokies hit three home runs and pulled to within 7-6 in the seventh, but Suns catcher Russell Martin threw out Stephen Drew trying to steal second to end the threat. James Loney hit his first home run (#8) since June 4. Chad Billingsley (8-5, 4.40 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mobile tonight in the first game of a four-game series. Sun Spots: The Suns won the season series, four games to two. …The Dodgers released RHP Jason Olson and reassigned LHP Luis Gonzalez from Class AAA Las Vegas. …The Suns' 11 runs were the first double-digit tally since June 28. …Perez has not allowed a run in 8.2 consecutive innings.
TAMPA, Florida-- Vero came back from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Tampa Yankees 8-7, after struggling with Major League pitcher Jaret Wright made an injury rehab start for the Yankees and threw six shutout innings. Anthony Raglani's 3-run home run in the 8th tied the score and Matt Kemp's two-out single in the 9th gave the Dodgers their sixth win in a row. Danny Mugge started for the Dodgers and was tagged with nine hits and five runs in five. Justin Simmons followed but Casey Hoorelbeke (7-1) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings. Wright allowed just two hits with two hit batters. He struck out eight Dodgers and did not walk anyone. He retired the final 12 Vero Beach batters and left with a 6-0 lead. After Tampa went to the bullpen in the seventh, Raglani singled in the first run and Mayke Cabrera knocked in two more. Dunlap doubled a run home in the eighth and Bruce singled to set up Raglani's game-tying homer, his 11th of the season and the 15th the Dodgers have hit in seven games against Tampa. Jamie Hoffman reached on an error in the ninth and moved to third with two out when Kemp lined a single to center. Vero Beach is now 6-1 against the Yankees.
COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Chris Malone (9-5) allowed just two hits and no runs in seven as the Fish took the opener of a four-game series with the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-0. Malone gave up just two singles and fanned seven, helped by Brian Akin and Steve Nelson who preserved the eighth shutout of the season for Columbus. 1B Dan Batz finished 2-for-4 with a three-run home run (#3) in the fourth and 3B Blake DeWitt had three hits and drove in his team-leading 55th run. Malone stranded runners on base in the third, fourth, and fifth, but retired the side in order in the sixth and finished his night with a strikeout in a scoreless seventh. Akin stranded the bases full in the eighth, and Nelson fanned two in a perfect ninth. The Catfish take over sole possession of second place in the second half and Dimas Reina (0-1, 3.48 ERA) takes the hill for the Catfish tonight.
CASPER, Wyoming--Ogden used a seventh inning explosion to stop Casper 5-3 and win their seventh game in a row. The Raptors were held scoreless through the first six innings on only two hits, both of them by shortstop Shane Justis, and trailed 2-0 into the seventh. Andrew Locke got the Raptors on the board with a one out home off the foul pole in left, his fifth of the season. Kengshill Pujols walked and Justis singled. Jesus Soto drew a walk to load the bases for David Sutherland and his two-out single drove in two. Russ Mitchell's single and an error gave Ogden a 5-2. Cory Wade (2-0) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Jordan Pratt also pitched two shutout innings while striking out three. Casper scored one run and had the bases loaded with their clean-up hitter at the plate in the ninth but closer Ramon Troncoso struck him out for his seventh save.
JUPITER, Florida-- The Coast League Dodgers were shut out on six hits and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Marlins. Ivan DeJesus singled twice and Kenley Jensen and Trayvon Robinson added doubles. Arsmendy Castillo (0-2) worked five innings and allowed all six Marlin hits and three runs. Gary Paris and Miguel Sanfler worked the final three innings without allowing a hit or a run.