Vero's Bellorin, Dunlap Hit Back-to-Back Slams

Mike Nixon doubled across the winning run to give Franquelis Osoria the win as Vegas won 6-3 over Portland. Andy LaRoche's two-run double gave the Suns a 2-0 win and helped Chad Billingsley to his 11th win and Ed Bellorin and Cory Dunlap slugged back to back grand slams as Vero Beach outslugged Jupiter 18-9. A five-run eighth sunk Columbus and Ogden rallied too late and lost a 5-3 decision to Billings. The GC Dodgers had Sunday off.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Mike Nixon doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Las Vegas rallied from a 6-3 deficit and scored twice in the eighth to defeat the Portland Beavers, 8-6. The victory evened the series at 1-1 and snapped the five-game losing streak. Brian Myrow brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He also launched a two-run homer in the fifth, helping Las Vegas end a five-game losing streak. Center fielder Cody Ross led off the eighth with a triple and scored on a RBI double by Nixon. Nixon later scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Jose Flores. The 51s were outhit, 12-11, but each member of the starting lineup had at least one hit. Chin-Feng Chen and Delwyn Young both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, with Chen adding a double and an RBI. Right-hander Mike Neu pitched 5 innings, allowed 9 hits and 6 runs. Right-hander Pat Mahomes pitched two perfect innings and struck out 3. Right-hander Franquelis Osoria (6-4) pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn his fifth victory.

PEARL, Mississippi-- Andy LaRoche hit a two-run double in the eighth, giving the Suns a 2-0 victory. LaRoche has driven in the go-ahead runs in three consecutive games. He also started a game-ending double play on a hard-hit ball to third. With a limited bullpen, Chad Billingsley (11-6) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing three singles and striking out four. Richard Bartlett worked two innings to earn his third save. Justin Ruggiano started the eighth with a pinch-hit double. With one out, the Braves intentionally walked Jon Weber prior to LaRoche's hit. Right-hander William Juarez (5-4, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to start against Montgomery Biscuits tonight. Sun Spots: Billingsley threw 84 pitches, helping to rest the Suns' bullpen which had pitched 14 innings in the previous two games. …The game began late after a 47 minute rain delay. …With four strikeouts Sunday, Billingsley assumed the Southern League strikeout lead at 150. …The Suns earned their 12th shutout win, tied for the most in the league. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Edwin Bellorin and Cory Dunlap hit back-to-back grand slam home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Vero Beach to an 18-9 drubbing of the Jupiter Hammherheads. Bellorin drove in a total of seven runs, matching the most by a Dodgers' hitter this season. Danny Muegge earned the win to improve to 8-2 this season. In a game that lasted three hours and 30 minutes with the heat index in the 100's, the Dodgers came up with more big innings than the Hammerheads. Vero scored four runs in the second, five runs in the fifth and eight runs on the two slams in the seventh. The grand slams lifted the Dodgers from a 10-7 lead to an 18-7 lead. Jamie Hoffman's 2-out single in the second inning scored the first two runs of the game. He came home on a ground rule double by Xavier Paul. Chin-lung Hu followed with a single to right, plating Paul and making it 4-0. The Hammerheads came within a run in the fourth but the Dodgers regained the lead in the fifth. Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly scored the first run, and Jimmy Rohan singled across two more before Bellorin then doubled to make it 9-3. Jupiter scored four times in the top of sixth but in the seventh, nine Dodgers reached base before Jupiter recorded an out. Bellorin's grand slam was his third homer of the season and was a liner over the left field fence. Dunlap's went over center field and was his 7th of the year. The victory officially broke the Dodgers' season-long 7-game losing streak. Friday's win in Game One of the double header is considered to have taken place on June 25th when the game was started - and later suspended due to rain.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- A five-run eighth inning turned the tied for Greenville as the Bombers beat the Catfish 9-7 in front of a season high 2,635 fans. The Catfish rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning behind a two-run double by LF Ryan Carter and a game-tying two-run single by CF Ryan Russ. Greenville's offensive outburst in the eighth proved too much to overcome. LHP Liam O'Flaherty was tagged with the loss out of the bullpen. Sergio Pedroza homered for the 10th time in 35 games, a three-run shot to bring the Fish to within a pair. Pedroza's HR was his fourth at home despite having just six hits in 48 at-bats at Golden Park. RHP Steve Nelson (3-2, 4.96 ERA) makes his second start of the season in the third game of the series with Greenville tonight.

BILLINGS, Montana-- The Raptors' offense awakened a bit too little, too late. Down 3-0, Ogden scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning, when BJ Richmond walked and DJ Jackson banged an RBI double. An error moved him to third and he scored on a sac fly by Juan Rivera. A two-run homer in the bottom of the inning pushed the Billings lead back to 5-2. Richmond singled in a run in the ninth. Ogden starter John Meloan (0-1) surrendered two runs in the bottom of the first inning and then worked three scoreless innings. Alvin Hayes added another two but Dave Pfeiffer allowed the final three runs, although only two of them were earned. Richmond had two of the three Raptor hits.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers had their final day off as their season ends August 25.

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