Suns Sweep Carolina for 22nd Win in August

The Suns swept the Carolina Mudcats, winning a suspended game, 6-4, and the nightcap, 4-1, giving Chad Billingsley his 13th win. Los Vegas scored 10 but lost to Tacoma, Vero Beach Dodgers scored three runs in the 8th but lost 4-3, their 13 loss in their last 16 games, Columbs dropped an 8-7 game to Augusta after trailing 8-1 and Ogden's Cory Wade allowed a two-out run in the ninth and lost 1-0.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- When things go bad, they really go bad. An evening after the 51s held Tacoma to one earned run in 12 innings -- and lost -- they scored 10 against the Rainiers but lost again this time 17-10. Among the 51s 13 hits were second baseman Delwyn Young's 3-for-5 to and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Designated hitter Jason Grabowski was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and catcher Rotsen Gil was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI. The 51s used a total of six pitchers who allowed 21 hits. Right-hander T.J. Nall (6-7) suffered the loss. He pitched 4.2 innings, allowed 9 hits, 8 runs (5 earned), walked 2 and struck out 7. Tacoma led 6-0 before Las Vegas got on the board and they pulled within one run before the Rainiers scored six in the top of the ninth.

-- The Suns swept the Carolina Mudcats, winning a completion of a suspended game, 6-4, and the nightcap, 4-1. Starter Chad Billingsley (13-6) struck out eight and pitched into the seventh inning. Until former Suns outfielder Reggie Abercrombie homered on the first pitch of the seventh, Billingsley did not allow a runner past second base and yielded two singles. Jonathan Broxton retired the final Mudcat to earn his fifth save. Andy LaRoche drove in the first two runs: He had a sacrifice fly in the first and an RBI single in the sixth. Justin Ruggiano hit a two-out, two-run home run – his sixth, and second on the day – giving the Suns a 4-0 lead. Persistent rain showers suspended play in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Suns-Carolina Mudcats game Wednesday. After it was resumed Thursday, Suns pitching retired 12 in a row until the Mudcats scored a run in the ninth off reliever Luis Gonzalez, who earned his seventh save. Beltran Perez (2-2) took over for Suns starter Richard Bartlett retired all nine batters he faced and earned the victory. James Loney drove in four runs: a two-out double in the first inning and an RBI bounce-out to shortstop in the third inning. He hit a go-ahead, two-run single with one out in the seventh, giving the Suns a 5-3 lead. Ruggiano hit his fifth home run, a game-tying solo shot in the sixth to cap his torrid August in which he batted above .400. Bartlett hadn't started since Aug. 28, 2003. He allowed three runs on six singles over four innings before rains halted play. Right-hander Eric Hull (7-6, 3.41 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list in order to start vs. Birmingham tonight. Suns Spots: Billingsley became the first Suns pitcher since 1999 to win 13 games or more. His 162 strikeouts rank as the fifth-highest single-season total in Suns history. …Billingsley has allowed two runs over his last 38 innings. …LHP Hong-chih Kuo was promoted to Los Angeles before the game Thursday. …The Suns completed their best month in recorded history, going 22-9 in August. --Joe Block

ST. LUCIE, Flordia-- The Vero Beach Dodgers scored three runs in the 8th and put two runners on in the 9th, but couldn't catch the St. Lucie Mets, who handed the Dodgers a 4-3 loss. Blake DeWitt delivered his third straight multi-hit game and is batting .500 since his callup from Columbus. The Mets led the entire game and held a 4-0 margin in the seventh. Edwin Bellorin, Travis Denker and Xavier Paul all reached on singles to load the bases with no outs in the eighth. Jamie Hoffman singled in two runs and DeWitt followed with his second hit to again load the bases with no outs. With two out, Cory Dunlap walked to load the bases for third time in the inning and Anthony Raglani followed with a base hit to right. That scored Hoffman, but DeWitt was thrown out on a close play at home to end the inning. The Dodgers threatened again in the ninth. Jimmy Rohan led off with a base hit to left and Edwin Bellorin reached on an infield single to third base. But a popup and a double play ended the threat and the game. The Dodgers have now lost 13 of their last 16 games.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- The Augusta GreenJackets held off another late inning comeback by the Catfish to win 8-7 and sweep the four-game series. The Fish have lost five straight and nine of their last eleven. Columbus trailed 8-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but scored two runs in each of the final three innings to cut the Augusta lead to one before ultimately succumbing. The loss ends the Columbus attempt to finish above .500 in the second half of the season. Chris Westervelt's RBI double in the first inning gave the Fish a 1-0 advantage, but Augusta scored four runs in the next three innings against Catfish starter RHP Brian Akin. In his first pro start, Akin fanned seven in six innings but left trailing 4-1. Augusta scored four runs against Catfish RHP Nate Hochgesang in the top of the seventh to take an 8-1 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, doubles by Batz and C Gabriel Gutierrez plated one run, while 2B David Nicholson had the first Catfish single of the night, driving home Gutierrez from second. The Fish scored two more runs in the eighth inning on a two-run double by 3B Eduardo Perez. RF Sergio Pedroza got his first hit in the series, a two-run shot over the right-center field wall but the rally fell one run short. RHP Steve Nelson (4-3, 4.53 ERA) takes the mound tonight

OGDEN, Utah-- Starting pitcher Corey Wade pitched the best game of the season and was supported by great defense but lost a 1-0 decision to Orem -- the Owlz's first win at Lindquist Field in seven tries this season. Wade's effort was the first complete nine-inning game in the Pioneer League this season. He threw 87 pitches, gave up just five hits, retired 17 in a row from the third through the ninth but in the ninth, disaster struck. A perfect bunt put a runner on first with one out. With two out and two strikes, a soft single left field scored the only run, with Richmond's throw not quite in time. The Raptors went down in order in the ninth. Jason Mooneyham saved two runs in the third with an outstanding diving catch on a sharply hit line drive and in the fifth inning Jesus Soto scooped up a slow grounder right in front of second base and nailed the batter at first. Ogden had four runners on third base during the game but couldn't push one across. David Pfieffer (7-3, 6.06 earned run average) is scheduled to get the start tonight.