JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Sergio Garcia's bases loaded double helped the Suns win their seventh consecutive game, a 5-2 victory over the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. Garcia's hit, which landed a foot fair down the right field line, gave the Suns a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Tony Abreu followed with an RBI single. The Suns led early when Carlos Alvarez's single drove in Jon Weber in the fifth inning. Alvarez (3-0) earned the victory, despite allowing the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs in the seventh inning. Starter William Juarez did not continue after a one hour, 38 minutes rain delay. Beltran Perez relieved him and pitched four shutout innings. He has not allowed an unearned run in 14.1 innings. Joel Hanrahan (7-7, 5.18 ERA) is scheduled to face Diamond Jaxx tonight. Sun Spots: The Suns equaled their longest winning streak of the season. …The Suns last won more than seven games in June 14-24, 2001, when they won nine in a row. …3B Andy LaRoche (wrist) missed his fifth consecutive game. He may return in this series. …Released Suns pitcher Jason Olson signed with the Angels organization and was assigned to Class AA Arkansas. --Joe Block
VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero Beach banged out 12 hits but lost 10-0 to the Daytona Cubs. The Dodgers left a total of 13 runners on base, including nine in the first five innings. Julio Pimentel (8-7) was solid through four innings, but four straight batters reached and two runs scored to give the Cubs an early lead. Justin Simmons was treated roughly in the loss. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4, while Cory Dunlap, Xavier Paul and Andy Ellis all had a pair of hits.
AUGUSTA, Georgia-- A fifth inning error by SS Dominique Laurin allowed Augusta to take a 4-3 lead and the game. RF Sergio Pedroza hit his seventh home run to tie the game in the fifth inning, but Columbus could not capitalize on chances in the final four innings. LHP Wesley Wright was the tough-luck loser, falling to 1-5 after giving up just one unearned run. Blake Johnson started and allowed three runs in the second inning on three hits and two Augusta walks. Trailing 3-0 in the third, the Catfish scored when 3B Blake DeWitt's RBI double scored Laurin. In the fifth inning with C Chris Westervelt at first, Pedroza hit a two-run blast off his ex-Cal St. Fullerton teammate Sean Martin to tie the game at three. Laurin's error in the bottom of the inning gave Augusta the lead, which they never relinquished. LHP Scott Elbert (6-5, 3.13) on the hill for the Fish in Charleston.
OGDEN, Utah-- The Billings Mustangs walked to their first win in eight games, helped along by eight free passes -- five in the eighth inning -- to take an 8-5 win over the Raptors. The Raptors' first run came on a solo home run by Drew Locke (#6). Billings bounced back to score three before B.J. Richmond doubled in David Sutherland in the fourth. Billings added one in the sixth before the Raptors tied the game at four-all when Jason Mooneyham, who had already driven in Mitchell with a single, scored when the Billings right fielder dropped Locke's pop fly. Ivan DeJesus, who is 4-for-9 since joining Ogden from the Gulf Coast League, drove in the go-ahead run on a broken-bat, bloop double that was just out of reach of Billings' first baseman. Nate Hochgesang, the third Raptor pitcher, got the first out in the eighth after striking out the side in the seventh. He walked the next three batters to load the bases before being replaced by Jordan Pratt. A fielding error by Jesus Soto scored two, giving the Mustangs the lead for good. The Raptors have lost six of their last seven gams and are now tied with Idaho Falls in second place in the South Division, two games back of Casper. Raptor Notes: Brent Leach (3-3, 3.04) is scheduled to start today against the Mustangs in the final game of the series. ... The attendance was 5,239.
VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers scored a run in the first inning and used four pitchers to make it hold up in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins. Jeremy Brown was hit by pitch in the bottom of the first and stole second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and with two out, Carlos Medero-Stullz singled to left field to score him. That began and ended the scoring on either side. Kale Garrison started and worked two scoreless innings. Miguel Sanfler (3-3) pitched into the sixth before he ran into trouble and needed Jon Haldis to bail him out. Miguel Ramirez finished out the final 1.1 innings for his fifth save. Stultz and Josh Bell had a pair of hits each.