Hanrahan Pitches Complete-Game Three-Hitter

Las Vegas lost 12-5 despite Chin-Feng Chen's home run. Jacksonville scored often to make live easy for Joel Hanrahan in a 9-3 win over Montgomery. Vero Beach jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 9-8 victory over Brevard County. Scott Elbert struck out 10 in five innings, stopping Greenville 5-3. Ogden and Great Falls were stopped by heavy rain after four innings. The Gulf Coast Dodgers built a 5-0 lead, then fought off the Nationals to win 5-4 behind steady pitching.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- Portland defeated Las Vegas 51s, 12-5, in to split the four-game series. The 51s recorded 7 hits but had only one hit over the final six innings. Right fielder Chin-Feng Chen was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run to center field in the third inning. It was Chen's 14th and his franchise leading 86th. Center fielder Cody Ross was 2-for-4 with a double. Right-hander Harold Eckert (5-8) suffered the loss. He pitched 3 innings, allowed 8 hits, 7 runs and struck out 5. Right-hander Ryan Rupe pitched one scoreless inning. Right-hander Alfredo Gonzalez then pitched 3 scoreless innings. Right-handers Beau Dannemiller (0.1 IP, 2 R) and Pat Mahomes (1.2 IP, 3 R) pitched the final two innings.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama-- The Suns posted four first-inning runs and cruised thanks to a strong outing from starter Joel Hanrahan in a 9-3 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. Hanrahan retired 14 in a row entering the seventh and did not allow a hit past the second inning. He pitched 6.2 innings, his longest outing since July 20, 2003, covering a span of 53 starts. The Suns sent up eight batters in the first inning. Justin Ruggiano went 4-for-5 with two RBI, Andy LaRoche had three hits and three RBI, Jon Weber had three singles and every Suns starter had a hit by the seventh inning. The Suns pounded 18 hits, one shy of a season-high. Eric Hull (7-5, 3.31 ERA) is scheduled to start against the Biscuits. Sun Spots: Ruggiano is batting .471 (24-for-51) with three home runs and 15 RBI in 19 games in August. …The Dodgers reassigned RHP Jonathan Broxton to the Suns. …OF Tydus Meadows (left wrist sprain) and LHP Luis Gonzalez (left biceps strain) were placed on the disabled list. …The Suns improved to 17-5 in August. …The Suns have alternated wins and losses since their 12-game winning streak was snapped Thursday. --Joe Block

BREVARD, County, Florida-- The Vero Beach Dodgers jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 9-8 victory. Matt Kemp and Chin-lung Hu each tallied three hits while Anthony Raglani slugged his 19th home run of the season. Chuck Tiffany earned his team-leading 11th win of the year with five solid innings. Vero got off to a quick start. Hu singled and scored on Kemp's first hit. Raglani followed with a towering rainbow blast to right field, making it 3-0. In the second inning A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk and Travis Denker doubled him home. One out later, Xavier Paul doubled to center, making it 5-0. Hu singled in Paul, then Cory Dunlap rapped a base hit to center to score Hu. However, the Manatees fought back to score five times. Vero gained some breathing room in the fourth. Xavier Paul was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Hu then bounced a ball to third for an infield hit and the throw to first base went wild. Then the throw to second sailed into center for the second error of the play and scored Paul in the process. Cory Dunlap then grounded out to third to bring home Hu and put the Dodgers ahead 9-5. Chuck Tiffany pitched out of a bases-load jam in the seventh, and loaded them again in the eighth before a bases-loaded walk from Casey Hoorelbeke gave up four to make it 9-8. Dodgers closer Mark Alexander got out of the eighth inning mess and gave Vero their second win in the last ten games.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- LHP Scott Elbert struck out 10 Greenville Bomber and did not allow a run in five innings, leading the Catfish to a 5-3 victory. In his last 10 innings (two starts), Elbert has not allowed a run, has given up just two hits and has struck out 22. DH Chris Westervelt drove in two with a double in the first inning as the Fish scored all five of their runs in the first two frames. Westervelt ripped a two-run double and Sergio Pedroza followed with an RBI groundout. In the second Brandon Carter and Dave Nicholson drove in runs. Nicholson had three hits for the Catfish, who pounded out 12 in the victory. Elbert walked just one and gave up only a single to LF Claudio Arias in the second inning. He struck out the final five hitters he faced and six of the last seven. Elbert has not allowed a run in his last twelve innings of work. Albenis Castillo allowed three runs in he ninth.

GREAT FALLS, Montana-- The Raptors game was stopped by heavy rain after four innings and they will finish it tonight before the regular game with Great Falls.

VERO BEACH, Florida-- The Dodgers built a 5-0 lead, then fought off the Nationals to win 5-4 behind the steady pitching of starter Kale Garrison (3.1 innings) and Gary Paris (2-2, 3.2 innings). Wilfredo Diaz was KO'ed in the seventh and Jon Hildis came on to nail it down with his third save. Singles by Jesus Mora and Ken Jansen plus an error scored one in the second. Josh Bell walked, stole second, went to third on Mora's singe and scored on Jansen's fly in the sixth. Three runs came across in the seventh with singles by Matt Paul, Tray Robinson and Bell, plus a triple from Charles Dasni and an error, to close the gap to 5-4.