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Las Vegas used homers by Jose Flores and Mike Edwards to beat Tucson 6-5 and snap a five-game losing streak. Joel Hanrahan pitched six strong innings and drove winning run as the Suns beat West Tenn 5-2. Xavier Paul drove in two runs and reached base four times as Vero stopped Palm Beach 5-2. Columbus scored in each of the first three innings to beat Charleston 5-2 and Ogden dumped Billings behind the pitching of Brent Leach. The Coasties used Josh Bell's four RBI to pound the Mets 12-3.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas rallied from a 5-0 deficit and defeated the Tucson Sidewinders, 6-5, snapping its five-game losing streak. The 51s recorded 11 hits and scored five runs in the third inning to tie the game at 5-5. Shortstop Jose Flores was 3-for-5, 3 RBI and hit a two-run home run (#3). Left fielder Mike Edwards was 2-for-4 and his three-run home run (#4) tied the score. Las Vegas scored a solo run in the sixth inning on a RBI double by Flores off former Dodger Mike Herges to win. Right-hander T.J. Nall pitched 3 innings and allowed 6 hits and 5 runs. Mike Neu started and left in the middle of a four-run second inning. Ryan Rupe (4-6) earned the win. Franquelis Osoria retired all four batters that included three strikeouts to earn his eighth save. Game two of the four-game series is Saturday night.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Joel Hanrahan pitched six innings and drove in two runs, helping the Suns to their eighth consecutive victory, a 5-2 win over the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. Hanrahan (8-7) allowed a second inning run and walking four while striking out five. He also lined a two-run double off the glove of the Jaxx second baseman in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. The Suns added two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Russell Martin and Sergio Garcia each had two-out RBI singles. Hong-chih Kuo struck out the side in the ninth and pitched two shutout innings to earn his second save. Edwin Jackson (5-4, 3.83 ERA) is scheduled to face the Diamond Jaxx this afternoon. Sun Spots: C Russell Martin threw out back-to-back basestealers in the third inning. He stole two bases. …SS Joel Guzman was struck in the right arm with a pitch in the first inning and left after the second inning. …OF Todd Donovan, celebrating his 27th birthday, was ejected by the home plate umpire following the fourth inning. The two were involved in a heated shouting match. …The Suns haven't won eight consecutive games since the team won nine in a row from June 14-24, 2001. …Ten different Suns pitchers have earned saves. …The Suns have allowed 15 runs in the last eight games; 12 of which have come in the seventh inning. …The game was delayed 27 minutes because of rain. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- One day after being shut out, Vero Beach downed the Palm Beach Cardinals 5-2. Xavier Paul drove in two runs and reached base four times, while Anthony Raglani hit his 14th home run of the season. After 12 hits and two walks but no runs Thursday, the Dodgers wasted little time as Jimmy Rohan singled in Travis Denker to put the Dodgers on the board in the second inning. Jamie Hoffman later walked and Paul doubled in two runs to make it 3-0. Chin-lung Hu's two-out single scored Edwin Bellorin, who had stolen his first base of the year, in the fourth inning. Raglani's home run was a leadoff shot in the fifth. Chuck Tiffany pitched five scoreless innings to record his team-leading 10th win against six losses. Mark Alexander pitched the ninth for his 21st save, good for third in the FSL. The series continues tonight.

CHARLESTON, SC-- Columbus scored runs in each of the first three innings helped by three Charleston errors and four unearned runs in a 5-2 win. The Catfish won for the first time in eight games in Charleston this season, and ended a three-game losing streak. 2B Brandon Carter had two RBI, and both 3B Blake DeWitt and DH Chris Westervelt had two hits as eight of the nine starters hit safely. In the first inning back-to-back doubles by Westervelt and RF Sergio Pedroza plated the first two runs. In the second, an error lead to another unearned run when Carter singled in LF Ryan Carter. RBI from both Ryan and Brandon Carter in the third inning gave the Fish a 5-0 cushion. Carter has hits in nine of his last ten games. Steve Nelson (3-1) relieved starter Scott Elbert in the fifth to earn the win and Albenis Castillo faced the tying run at the plate with two outs but induced a pop out to center in the eighth, finishing a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities. Jarod Plummer (2-1, 4.17 ERA) on the hill for the Fish tonight.

OGDEN, Utah-- Ogden stopped the Billings Mustangs 3-1 to clinch the series behind spectacular pitching by Brent Leach. Leach (4-3) pitched seven innings and gave up no runs on two hits while striking out 10. Neither team scored until the fourth inning. BJ Richmond and Juan Apodaca singled, then scored on Shane Justis' two-out triple. In the bottom of the 7th, Justis lead off with a double and finished the night a home run shy of the cycle. After Adam Godwin walked, Ivan De Jesus hit a bloop single bringing in Justis. Cody White added a scoreless eighth and closer Ramon Troncoso took over in the ninth to record his eighth save. The Raptors open a four game series with the Great Falls White Sox with lefty Marlon Arias (3-1) on the mound tonight.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers banged 14 hits to rout the Mets 12-3, led by Josh Bell's three hits and four runs batted in and two singles and a home run (#5) by Eduardo Perez who added three RBI. Tray Robinson had a double and two singles. Mike Megrew started and pitched a scoreless inning before giving way to Ramon Parades (6-0) who worked the next four, giving up three runs and striking out eight. Gus Norrito saved his second by adding four zeros to the board.

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