Vegas Wins On Homers by Chen and Myrow

Las Vegas stopped Portland 5-3 on home runs by Chin-Feng Chen and Brian Myrow. The Gulf Coast Dodgers scored two on an error to break a 3-3 tie and take a 5-3 win over Washington. Jacksonville lost 3-1 despite a strong pitching effort by Will Juarez. Vero gave up two three-run innings en route to a 6-1 loss to the Manatees and Columbus fought back with six runs, helped by Ryan Carter's home run, in the final two innings but lost 9-7. Ogden's rally also fell short in a 2-1 loss to Great Falls.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Las Vegas scored four runs in the sixth inning, keyed by Chin-Feng Chen's three-run homer, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and tag the Portland Beavers with a 5-3 loss. It was the 51s second straight victory. The home run was Chen's 85th for Las Vegas, increasing his franchise record. Chen also had a double in the second inning. Brian Myrow followed the three-run shot with his 19th home run. Right-hander T.J. Nall pitched 6 innings, allowed 11 hits, 2 runs, issued no walks and struck out a season-high 9 batters to earn his sixth victory against five defeats. Right-hander Buddy Carlyle pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama-- The Barons' James Shields outdueled the Suns' William Juarez in the Montgomery Biscuits' 3-1 victory Monday. James Loney hit a solo home run in the second inning, his 11th, for the only Suns run. Loney and Justin Ruggiano had two hits. Shields posted a season-high 10 strikeouts. He struck out six consecutive Suns, retiring 10 in a row from the fourth through seventh innings. Suns starter William Juarez (5-5) turned in a season-high 6.1 innings, allowing three runs. Juarez allowed a solo home run in the fifth, halting a streak of 17 consecutive innings without yielding an earned run. The Suns face the Biscuits in the second game of a four-game series tonight. Sun Spots: It was the first nine-inning loss for the Suns since August 5. …RHP Alvis Ojeda, promoted to the Suns from Vero Beach, struck out the only batter he faced. …LHP Greg Miller pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and has not allowed an earned run in 8-2/3 innings with the Suns. --Joe Block

MELBOURNE, Florida-- A pair of three-run innings defeated the Vero Beach Dodgers 6-1 Monday night. Jimmy Rohan's fourth inning sacrifice fly scored Matt Kemp for the Dodgers only run. Rohan's sac fly in the fourth broke open a scoreless game and put Vero Beach ahead. However, the Manatees answered immediately in the bottom of the fourth. Julio Pimentel issued a walk to end a streak of nine straight retired by the Dodgers starter. Two singles and a double resulted in a 3-1 Brevard lead. Glenn Bott allowed three more in the seventh. The Dodgers had more than one baserunner only once -- when the scored in the fourth. They threatened in the seventh, but Rohan was thrown out at home trying to score on a Travis Denker single. The series continues Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- With the tying run at second base and the winning run at first in the ninth inning, the Columbus Catfish had a chance to come all the way back from a 9-1 deficit against the Greenville Bombers, but the rally fell two runs short in a 9-7 defeat. Columbus scored three runs in the eighth and three in the ninth inning but dropped their second consecutive 9-7 game. CF Ryan Carter homered for the sixth time this month for the Catfish in the loss, and 1B Dan Batz also contributed a pair of hits. The bullpen gave up two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to allow Greenville to take a 9-1 lead. The Fish loaded the bases in the eighth with nobody out and scored two on an error. Trailing 9-4 in the ninth with two outs and the bases empty, six straight Columbus hitters reached base. SS Dominique Laurin drove in two with a single to right, and 3B Blake DeWitt drove in a run and brought the tying run to second with another RBI single. With the bases full and two outs, DH Steve Sapp flied out to end the contest. Tonight Columbus sends LHP Scott Elbert to the hill in the final game of the homestand against Greenville.

GREAT FALLS, Montana-- For the second straight night, the Ogden offense didn't wake up until late in the game, and for the second straight night it came up a loser. Trailing 2-0, Rick Taloa led off the ninth inning with a bloop single to right. Russell Mitchell followed with a single up the middle that advanced pinch-runner D.J. Jackson to second with no outs. Jason Mooneyham was called out on strikes and was ejected for arguing the call. Jackson advanced to third on a deep fly out to right by Shane Justis, and finally scored on an RBI single B.J. Richmond. The Raptors loaded the bases with one out but an inning-ending double play killed the rally. During one stretch, 17 batters were retired in order. Mario Alvarez (3-3) pitched six strong innings, scattered six hits and gave up just one run while striking out seven.

MELBOURNE, Florida-- The Gulf Coast Dodgers broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning on singles b Scott VanSlyke and Josh Bell. They both scored on a throwing error by the National second baseman. The Dodgers used a pair of rehabbing pitchers to start the game. Marshal Looney replaces Orlando Rodriguez drew the start and worked a scoreless inning before Marshal Looney came in to add a pair of zeros on the board. Miguel Sanfler (5-3) allowed three runs in the fourth inning to give tie the game but the Dodger rally made him a winner in the fifth. He pitched four innings. Jon Haldis saved his second game with a scoreless ninth. Eduardo Perez knocked in two for the Dodgers with a single and a double. VanSlyke also singled and doubled.