Matt Kemp Sets Vero Mark With 27th Homer

Outfielder Matt Kemp slugged his 27th home run in a 6-3 win as Chuck Tiffany tuned up for the play-off with five no-hit innings. Las Vegas lost a wild, 13-10 game; Birmingham clinched the second half title by stopping Jacksonville 6-5 in 12 innings; Columbus was thrashed 10-1 although Scott Elbert fanned 10 in five innings and Ogden let an 8-0 lead slip away in a 9-8 loss to Orum and now trail by two in the second-half race.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada-- :The Salt Lake Stingers built an early 6-0 lead then held on to stop Las Vegas 51s, 13-10 before a season-high crowd of 12,472 on Fan Appreciation/Fireworks night. On a night the two teams combined for 33 hits, the 51sbanged out 17. Three had three hits each: shortstop Jose Flores was 3-for-4, with a double, triple and RBI; left fielder Nick Theodoreau, 3-for-5 with an RBI and catcher Gabriel Gutierrez, 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Center fielder DJ Jackson was 2-for-5 and had an RBI triple. Right-hander Scott Erickson (2-4) suffered the loss. He pitched 5.2 innings, allowed 10 hits, 9 runs (8 earned), walked 3 and struck out 3.

HOOVER, Alabama-- On a high-hopper over the mound, second baseman Tony Abreu's throwing error allowed the winning run run to score, giving the Birmingham Barons the second half division title and a 6-5 win over the Suns in 12 innings. Abreu doubled in the game-tying run in the sixth inning. He also beat a Baron runner back to the bag on a line drive double play to end the eighth. Starter William Juarez allowed four first-inning runs and allowed the first five batters to reach. He retired 10 of the next 11 and left in a tie game in the sixth inning. Todd Donovan had two hits and two RBI. Justin Ruggiano had three hits and doubled in a run. Richard Bartlett (3-3) allowed two walks -- one intentional -- and the run in the 12th to earn the loss. The Suns stranded a runner at third base in the 12th, their first baserunner past second since the sixth. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan (9-8, 4.81 ERA) is scheduled to start against Birmingham Barons in the penultimate game of the regular season tonight. Sun Spots: The Suns will host games one and two of the Southern League South Division Championship on Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9. …SS Joel Guzman (sore left shoulder) has not played since Sunday and will be re-evaluated today. …Abreu (sore wrist) returned to the lineup for the first time since Tuesday. --Joe Block

VERO BEACH, Florida-- Vero Beach broke a 6-game losing streak and won for the first time since August 23, beating the Mets 6-3. Matt Kemp hit his franchise-record 27th home run and the Dodgers set a team record for doubles in a season during the game. Blake DeWitt continued his hot hitting, going 2-5 with 2 RBI. Chuck Tiffany threw five no-hit innings for the Dodgers. He struck out nine, but walked seven. He left with a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Kemp's home run and a DeWitt RBI single. He did not get the win due to a 2-run sixth for the Mets that tied the score. Vero went back on top in the bottom of the sixth when Jimmy Rohan walked and stole second. Jamie Hoffman singled him in with two outs. The Dodgers put it away in the 8th. Hoffman singled with one out and Anthony Raglani was hit by a pitch to reach base for the fourth time in the game. Travis Denker doubled in the two baserunners and DeWitt also doubled to score Denker, making it 6-2. The Mets scored one run in the ninth, but Mark Alexander held on for his 23rd save of the season. The playoffs begin Tuesday with a game at Palm Beach.

COLUMBUS, Georgia-- LHP Scott Elbert struck out ten Charleston batters in five innings but the RiverDogs scored nine runs in the final three innings to beat Columbus 10-1. The loss is the Fish's seventh straight, matching a season-long streak. The Fish scored just one run tonight on a RF Sergio Pedroza HR, his 12th of 2005, and have just one run on eight hits in the two games of the series. 1B Dan Batz had two of the four hits for the Fish. Elbert struck out eight of the first ten batters he faced. In the fourth inning, three RiverDog singles led to a run and a 1-0 Charleston lead. Elbert stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout to end the fourth, and fanned his final batter of 2005 with a strikeout in the fifth. In 115 innings this season, Elbert struck out 128 and allowed just 83 hits. He struck out 36 batters in his final 19 innings. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Pedroza's 12th HR of the season, a solo shot with two outs, tied the game at one. Charleston scored an unearned run against Catfish reliever RHP Arismendy Castillo in the seventh, three more runs in the eighth, and scored five in the ninth (two earned) against RHP Albenis Castillo. The Catfish finish the season with a pair of afternoon games today. RHP Chris Malone will try for his 10th win.

OREM, Utah -- Ogden jumped out to an 8-0 lead but went scoreless in its final four at-bats and watched as Orem scored three ninth-inning runs to snare a 9-8 win and push its lead over Ogden to two games in the South Division standings. Taking an 8-6 lead into the ninth, Aaron Klusman faced five batters without recording an out, capped by a walk-off, bases loaded single. Ogden scored four first-inning runs on RBI singles from Jason Mooneyham and Andrew Locke. Kenley Jansen capped the scoring by driving home Locke with a two-out double. Trayvon Robinson's second-inning solo home run gave Ogden starter Mario Alvarez a 5-0 cushion to work with. Ogden tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth, keyed by a two-run double from Parker Brooks, giving him his first RBI as a Raptor. Alvarez had a no-hitter through four innings with six strikeouts, however he was knocked out after five runs had scored. The final 14 Raptors went down in order.

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