Hanrahan Sharp in Return from DL

D.J. Houlton got stellar relief and stopped Nashville 4-3 for his first win of the season. Jacksonville turned five double plays and Andy LaRoche slugged a three-run homer to help Joel Hanrahan win 4-0. Vero lost a tough one, 3-2 to the Yankees and Columbus could collect only six singles in a 4-0 loss to Rome.

How to Spell Relief-- Hong-Chih Kuo and Lance Carter did not allow a hit and struck out six in three shutout innings to protect D.J. Houlton's first win as Las Vegas edged visiting Nashville, 4-3.

Kuo came on in relief of Houlton (1-4) to begin the seventh inning. He allowed a walk, erased him with an inning-ending double play, then struck out the side in the eighth. Carter struck out three in the ninth to pick up his third save.

James Loney singled in two runs to cap a three-run fifth inning that gave Las Vegas (24-14) a 4-0 lead. Jeff Duncan scored from third earlier in the inning on a wild pitch.

Duncan, who went 2-for-3 and scored two runs, had given the 51s the lead in the first. He led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Wilson Valdez. Delwyn Young singled to put Las Vegas ahead, 1-0.

The Sounds (22-16) scored three in the sixth but couldn't get closer.

Houlton gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.
  Score by innings 
Nashville 000 003 000-3
Las Vegas 100 030 00x-4

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    3 2 2 0 .268
Valdez SS    3 1 2 0 .313
Young LF     3 1 1 1 .311
Guzman 1B    3 0 0 0 .296
Loney RF     3 0 1 2 .382
Garcia 2B    3 0 1 0 .333
Truby 3B     4 0 0 0 .223
Bellorin C   4 0 0 0 .294
Houlton P    2 0 0 0 .143
Weber PH     0 0 0 0 .250
Kuo P        1 0 0 0 .000
Carter P     0 0 0 0 .000
  Totals    29 4 7 3
  Nashville 28 3 6 3

  Errors- none. 2B hits- Duncan (2). 
RBI- Young (21), Loney 2 (15). S- 
Valdez. LOB- Nashville 2, Jacksonville 
8. SB- Duncan (4), Valdez (7). CS- 
Weber (1), Guzman (4). DP- 2 (Garcia, 
Valdez and Guzman 2).

  Las Vegas      in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (W,1-4) 6.0 6  3-3  3 4 5.48
Kuo             2.0 0  0-0  1 3 1.12
Carter (S,3)    1.0 0  0-0  0 3 1.08
  HBP- Guzman, Garcia. 
T- 3:08. Att- 3,367.
Suns Back in First-- Joel Hanrahan and Alvis Ojeda shut down Mobile and third baseman Andy LaRoche belted a three-run homerun as Jacksonville moved back into first place with a 4-0 win.

Tony Raglani knocked in A.J. Zapp for an early 1-0 lead and in the fifth LaRoche crushed a drive over the left-centerfield wall to extend the Jacksonville lead to 4-0. It was his third home run of the season. Jacksonville sent nine men to the plate in the inning, but left the bases loaded after the homerun.

Hanrahan (3-2) pitched well in his return to the active roster, working six innings while allowing only four hits. He walked four and struck out three after suffering a hamstring injury in Birmingham on May 5. Alvis Ojeda saved his first game of the season.

The Suns defense turned five double plays, one short of tying a Southern League record. The eight double plays between the teams was also one short of a Southern League record for twin-killings.

Suns RHP Spike Lundberg (4-1, 2.72) will face the BayBears in the final game of the series this afternoon.
  Score by innings
Jacksonville 010 020 000-4
Mobile       000 000 000-0 

 Jacksonville  ab r h bi ave
Ruan CF         5 0 1 0 .293
Hu SS           3 1 2 0 .255
Abreu 2B        5 1 1 0 .274
LaRoche 3B      4 1 1 3 .255
Zapp 1B         3 1 1 0 .246
Ruggiano RF     5 0 1 0 .254
Cresse C        3 0 1 0 .218
Raglani LF      2 0 2 1 .190
Hanrahan P      3 0 0 0 .111
Brazell PH      1 0 0 0 .236
Ojeda P         0 0 0 0 .000
  Jacksonville 34 4 10 4
  Mobile       29 0  7 0

  Errors- none. 2B hits- Zapp (8), 
Ruggiano (8), Cresse (5). HR- 
LaRoche (3). RBI- Raglani (12), 
LaRoche 3 (24). LOB- 11, Mobile 7. 
SB- Hu (6). DP- 5 (Hanrahan 
and Zapp; Zapp, Hu and Zapp; Hu 
and Zapp; Abreu, Hu  and Zapp, 
Cresse and Abreu).

  Jacksonville     ab h r-er bb so era
Hanrahan (W, 3-2) 6.0 4  0-0  4 3 3.22
Ojeda (S, 1)      3.0 3  0-0  1 0 2.13
  HBP- Zapp. T- 2:35. Att- 1,633.
HR Drops Vero in 10-- A two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th lifted Tampa to a 3-2 win over Vero Beach. Cole Bruce went 2-for-5 and drove in both runs for the Dodgers, who dropped to 3-14 in one-run games this year.

Zach Hammes (2-2) gave up a one-out single, a sacrificed and then with two out another single to take the loss.

Vero held a brief lead in the middle of the game. With two outs in the 6th, Blake DeWitt reached on an error and Jeremy Todd walked. Bruce then delivered a double off the wall in center to score both runs, making it 2-1.

The Yankees' used a homer in the same inning off starter Chris Malone, who worked seven strong innings. Matt Merricks came off the DL and tossed three scoreless relief innings before giving way in the 11th.

Tampa set down 11 Dodgers in a row at one point in the game and relievers held Vero to two baserunners over the final five innings.

The series continues tonight at with Scott Elbert on the mound for the Dodgers.
  Score by innings
 Vero Beach 000 002 000 00-2 
 Tampa      100 001 000 01-3 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Paul RF       5 0 1 0 .286
Hoffmann CF   5 0 1 0 .235
DeWitt 2B     5 1 0 0 .303
Todd 1B       3 1 0 0 .273
Bruce DH      5 0 2 2 .319
Santana 3B    3 0 0 0 .000
Carter LF     3 0 0 0 .209
Russ LF       1 0 0 0 .217
Nicholson SS  4 0 1 0 .276
Gutierrez C   4 0 1 0.119
  Vero       38 2  6 2
  Tampa      36 3 10 3

  Errors- none. 2B hits- Bruce 
(8). RBI- Bruce 2 (14). LOB- 
Vero 6, Tampa 10. CS- Gutierrez 
(1). DP- 2 (Dewitt. Nicholson 
and Todd 2).

  Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Malone          7.0 7  2-2  2 3 4.31
Merricks        3.0 1  0-0  3 2 3.86
Hammes (L, 2-2) 0.2 2  1-1  1 1 4.44
  WP- Merricks. T- 2:46. Att- 816.
Catfish Blanked Again-- The Catfish (18-19) were held scoreless for the second straight night, losing by a score of 4-0 to Rome. Columbus managed just six singles and never advanced a runner past second base.

Rome scored all four runs off Brent (2-2) Leach in the first three innings. He allowed four runs in six innings. RHP Jesus Rodriguez worked the final three innings for the Catfish and did not allow a run and gave up two hits. Rodriguez has not allowed a run in his last four outings.

RHP Mario Alvarez (1-4, 5.91) will face Rome tonight in the second game of the series.
  Score by innings
Rome     211 000 000-4
Columbus 000 000 000-0

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
De Jesus SS   4 0 1 0 .294
Pedroza RF    4 0 1 0 .306
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .292
Mooneyham 1B  3 0 1 0 .375
Locke LF      3 0 0 0 .307
Sutherland DH 3 0 1 0 .319
May CF        4 0 1 0 .240
Apodaca C     3 0 1 0 .225
Justis 2B     3 0 0 0 .143
  Totals     31 0 6 0 .264
  Rome       33 4 7 3 .247

  Error- Mooneyham. LOB- Rome 6, 
Columbus 8.

  Columbus     in h r-er bb so era
Leach (L,2-2) 6.0 5  4-4  4 6 3.21
Rodriguez     3.0 2  0-0  0 2 7.23
WP- Leach. HBP- Mooneyham. T- 2:25. Att- 535.

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