Suns Roll to 11th Consecutive Win over Mississippi

Jacksonville won a club-record 11th straight game 6-4 over Mississippi behind the pitching of Chad Billingsley and a two-run homer by James Loney. The Gulf Coast Dodgers stopped the Nationals 5-3 behind three hits from Josh Bell and Jose Miguel Nunez. Las Vegas was held to six hits and dropped a 7-0 decision to Tacoma. A grand slam in the last of the ninth dumped Vero Beach 5-4 despite Xavier Paul's home run, Ogden lost 8-3 to Great Falls and the Catfish were rained out.

TACOMA, Washington-- Las Vegas was held to six hits and dropped a 7-0 decision to Tacoma. Mike Neu (1-2) was knocked around for five runs -- four earned -- on six hits in four innings. Ryan Rupe allowed a pair of runs and between them they surrendered 11 of the Tacoma hits. Cody Ross doubled and singled and Jose Flores had two hits for the 51s.

PEARL, Mississippi-– The Suns won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Mississippi Braves 6-4, keyed by a James Loney two-run home run in the fourth inning that put them in front 3-2. Jacksonville scored back-to-back three-run innings after being held scoreless the first three. Chad Billingsley (10-6) allowed three hits over six innings to earn the victory. He struck out six, boosting his league-leading total to 146, tieing him for the 10th-highest single season total in Suns history. He gave up a two-run home run in the second inning, the first longball surrendered by Suns pitching since August 5, spanning 88 innings. Jon Weber had two run-scoring singles. Sergio Garcia hit his fourth home run, a solo shot in the fifth. Todd Donovan stole three bases, increasing his minor league-lead to 55. Greg Miller and Hong-chih Kuo combined to walk four batters in the eighth, which allowed the Braves to score twice without a hit in the eighth inning. But Kuo retired the side in the ninth to earn his third save. Right-hander William Juarez (5-4, 4.44 ERA) is scheduled to start against Mississippi tonight. Sun Sports: 2B Tony Abreu left the game in the fifth inning after injuring his knee sliding into home plate. He left the field on a cart and will be re-evaluated. …The Suns' early two-run deficit was the largest during the 11-game winning streak, which is the longest in recorded team history and five wins shy of the Southern League record. --Joe Block

DAYTONA, Florida-- Vero led 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth but a walkoff grand slam off relief ace Mark Alexander boosted the Cubs to a 7-4 victory. Xavier Paul whacked his 6th home run and Chin-lung Hu went 3-for-4. Danny Muegge started for Vero Beach and turned in 7 shutout innings. The loss was only Alexander's third of the year. Paul's opposite field homer opened the game. Chin-lung Hu and Anthony Raglani followed with singles and Matt Kemp walked to load the bases with no outs. Cory Dunlap's sac fly drove a second run. In the second, Edwin Bellorin drew a walk and with two out, Paul reached on an infield hit. Then Hu doubled over the head of centerfielder Chris Walker to score both baserunners and give Vero Beach a 4-0 lead. The Cubs set down the next 11 batters and the Dodgers did not even threaten again until the 8th. Muegge turned in a dominating 7-inning performance. He shut out the Cubs, allowing only three hits and two walks. He induced four double plays - three to end innings and did not face more than five batters in any inning. The series continues tonight at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- Its hard to rain out a Catfish but the game with the Rome Braves has been postponed due to rain. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader tonight. The Catfish will be giving the first 500 fans a limited edition Edwin Jackson bobblehead. An Edwin Jackson autographed South Georgia Waves jersey and autographed bobbleheads will be raffled off.

OGDEN, Utah-- In the final game of a seven game home stand the Ogden Raptors fell to the Great Falls White Sox 8-3. The Raptors split the four game series but remain in a tie for first place in the Pioneer League South Division. Rick Taloa lead off the second inning with a double and Shane Justis bunted him to third. BJ Richmond's grounder tied the game 1-1. The White Sox scored on a solo homer in the second and on a single in the 3rd to take a 3-1. But in the fifth Andrew Locke led off with a single and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Ivan De Jesus walked before Jesus Soto beat out a near double play and a sac fly by Adam Godwin brought in Locke from third base. Russ Mitchell doubled in Soto, and the score was tied 3-3. Mario Alvarez started and worked five, allowing three runs Gomez de Seugura (0-2) was tagged with the loss when Great Falls scored five runs over the next three innings to take an 8-3 lead. This time the Raptors couldn't answer. The Raptors today off before starting a seven game road trip against Billings and Great Falls.

MELBOURNE, Florida-- The Dodgers and Nationals traded runs through the first five innings before Carlos Medero-Stullz doubled and Adolfo Gonzalez singled to break the tie. Singles by Gonzalez and Jose Miguel Nunez plus a double play scored the fifth run. Josh Bell and Nunez banged a double and a pair of singles to lead the Dodgers. Eduardo Perez doubled in two runs in the first. Matt Megrew allowed one run in his two innings of work and Miguel Sanfler (4-3) picked up the win while working 3.2 innings. Gus Norrito finished the game and earned his third save.

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