Dodger Farm Clubs Score Two Runs in Four Losses

Las Vegas lost 13-1 to Salt Lake despite D.J. Jackson's home run. The Suns need a three-game sweep to win the second half after a 2-1 loss to Birmingham. Vero Beach continued their freefall, losing 7-0 and Columbus lost for the sixth straight time 4-0 to Charleston.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- The Salt Lake Stingers crushed Las Vegas 13-1 as Harold Eckert (5-10) gave up a solo home run in the second inning and a three run homer in the sixth before Buddy Carlyle allowed up a grand in the eighth inning. D.J. Jackson homered for the 51s in the third inning. One week ago, Jackson was hitting .200 in rookie ball for Ogden.

HOOVER, Alabama-- The Suns fell to two games behind Birmingham and must win the final three games of the season in order to win the division in the second half after the Barons bested them, 2-1 when a last-ditch rally fell short. Russell Martin and Andy LaRoche led off the ninth with back-to-back singles but two groundouts ended the game. Nick Alvarez singled in the Suns' lone run in the fifth, scoring James Loney, who led off the inning with a triple. Loney and Todd Donovan each had two hits, including triples. A solo home run off Suns starting pitcher Eric Hull in the fourth inning, gave the Barons a 2-0 lead. Hull (7-7) allowed two runs over six innings, but earned the loss. Right-hander William Juarez (6-5, 4.39 ERA) is scheduled to start against Birmingham tonight. Sun Spots: SS Joel Guzman (sore left shoulder) was a late scratch from the lineup. …Donovan's triple was his 10th, tying him for the franchise single-season mark. --Joe Block

ST. LUCIE, Florida-- The Mets fell on Mike Megrew (0-2) in the first two innings, scoring six times and putting the 7-0 game out of reach early. The Dodgers were held to six hits, including a pair of singles by Travis Denker. Dan Mugge, Glen Bott and Casey Hoorelbeke followed Megrew on the mound and shut St. Lucie off completely but the Dodgers couldn't mound any sustained offense, leaving 11 on base.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- In just under two hours, the Charleston RiverDogs shut out Columbus 4-0, handing the Fish their sixth straight loss and their eighth in the previous nine games. The Fish had just four singles tonight, including two by SS Dominique Laurin. Starter Steve Nelson gave up three runs in the second to put the game away. Nelson allowed just three earned runs in six innings, without allowing a walk and striking out two. The Catfish had just three hits and hit into four double plays, including one to end the game. LHP Chad Bailey pitched three scoreless relief innings. LHP Scott Elbert (8-5, 2.70 ERA) makes his final start for the Catfish tonight, trying to improve on his ERA, already the league's fourth best.

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