LaRoche's Four RBI Leads Jacksonville

Las Vegas lost 8-1 as Tacoma thumped D.J. Jackson. Jacksonville won their 12th in a row 7-0, topping Huntsville for the 10th time this year as Andy LaRoche went 4-for-4 with four RBI and Spike Lundberg won his seventh game. Vero was held to four hits and lost 7-2 to Brevard County. Columbus' rally in the ninth and Rome avoided a sweep with a 7-5 win.

Vegas Overwhelmed-- Tacoma crushed Las Vegas, 8-1, at Cashman Field on Sunday. The Dodgers were shutout until the last of the ninth when Wilson Valdez singled in their only run.

Starter D.J. Houlton (3-6) gave up six runs -- five earned -- on six hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked five.

Tacoma scored three times in each the third and fifth innings and was never threatened.

Wilson Valdez hit an RBI single in the ninth, going 2-for-4 for Las Vegas. James Loney and Jeff Duncan also had a pair of hits.
  Score by innings
Tacoma    003 030 011-8 
Las Vegas 000 000 001-1

  Las Vegas ab r h bi ave
Duncan CF    5 0 2 0 .291
Valdez SS    4 0 2 1 .311
Garcia 2B    5 0 0 0 .313
Young LF     3 0 1 0 .284
Loney 1B     4 0 2 0 .350
Riggs 3B     3 0 0 0 .357
Bellorin DH  4 0 0 0 .270
Weber RF     3 0 1 0 .253
Langill C    3 1 0 0 .130
  Totals    34 1 8 1
  Tacoma    32 8 9 0

  Error- Riggs. RBI- Valdez 
(28). LOB- Tacoma 10, Las 
Vegas 11. SB- Duncan (13). 
CS- Loney (3).

  Las Vegas       in h r-er bb so era
Houlton (l, 3-6) 5.0 6  6-5  5 3 5.78
Reid             4.0 3  2-2  2 4 6.69
  HBP- Riggs. T- 3-04. Att- 5,765.
LaRoche Sparks Suns-- Andy LaRoche was 4-for-4 with a home run and Spike Lundberg worked 5.1 hitless inning as Jacksonville made it an even 12 wins in a row with a 7-0 victory and a sweep of Huntsville.

The equals their best winning streak since 1988 (when Suns day-by-day records begin). Jacksonville has also won 20 of the last 21 games. The win improved Jacksonville to 10-0 against the Stars records the third five-game series sweep of the season.

Starting pitcher Spike Lundberg allowed only three walks in the first five innings of work. With one out in the sixth, a Huntsville bunt up the no-hit bid. After allowing two more hits, Lundberg left the game after seven.

A fourth inning RBI double from LaRoche and another RBI single in the sixth iincreased the lead to 2-0.

The Suns put it away with it in the seventh, scoring five runs including RBI singles from A.J. Zapp and Adam Greenberg. LaRoche then belted his ninth homerun of the season, a two-run shot and finished the game with four hits, including a home run and four runs batted in.

Lundberg improved to 7-1 to move into a tie -- along with teammate Joel Hanrahan, with the most wins in the league. Ben Kozlowski worked two scorless innings to close the game out.

Monday is an off day and the Suns meet the Mississippi Braves on Tuesday night.
  Score by innings
Huntsville   000 000 000-0 
Jacksonville 000 101 50x-7 
 
  Jacksonville ab r h bi ave
Hu SS           3 1 0 0 .289
Greenberg CF    3 2 2 1 .189
LaRoche 3B      4 1 4 4 .309
Brazell 1B      4 0 0 0 .265
  Kozlowski P   0 0 0 0 .000
Ruggiano RF     4 0 0 0 .273
Cresse C        4 0 0 0 .252
Ruan LF         3 1 1 0 .322
Rohan 2B        4 1 2 0 .286
Lundberg P      2 0 0 0 .176
  Zapp PH-1B    1 1 1 1 .238
    Totals     32 7 10 6
    Huntsville 28 0  3 0

  Errors- none. 2B- Greenberg (3), 
LaRoche (13), Ruan (7). HR- 
LaRoche (9). RBI- LaRoche 4 
(46), Zapp (22), Greenberg (3). LOB- 
Huntsville 6, Jacksonville 4. SB- 
Hu (9), Ruan (8). CS- Rohan (1).

  Jacksonville     in h r-er bb so era
Lundberg (w, 7-1) 7.0 3  0-0  3 5 2.40
Kozlowski         2.0 1  0-0  0 1 1.20
 T- 2-21. Att- 4,183.
Rain Don't Help VB-- A 47-minute rain delay didn't help Vero Beach, nor did Kyle Wilson's first start of the seasn and they dropped a 5-2 decision to Brevard County.

Catcher Gabe Gutierrez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game in the third but an unearned run put the visitors in front for good.

Wilson, used in short relief most of the season, pitched very well, allowing four hits and one earned run over four innings but he left with trailing 2-1.

Fourteen straight Dodgers were retired in succession at one point in the game. David Nicholson broke the string with an 8th-inning double -- only their second hit of the game -- and came home on another run-scoring wild pitch.

Brent Leach allowed the final three runs of the game during his 1.1 innings of work. Brian Atkin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jamie Hoffmman and Adolfo Gonzalez singled but the Dodgers were unable to score and Vero Beach dropped their fifth game in a row.
  Score by innings 
Vero Beach     001 000 010-2 
Brevard County 101 021 00x-5 

  Vero Beach ab r h bi ave
Hoffmann CF   4 0 1 0 .260
Gonzalez 3B   4 0 1 0 .286
Raglani LF    4 0 0 0 .000
Bruce DH      4 0 0 0 .288
Dunlap 1B     3 0 0 0 .213
Denker 2B     3 0 0 0 .220
Nicholson SS  3 1 1 0 .297
Gutierrez C   3 1 1 0 .171
Paul RF       3 0 0 0 .281
  Totals     31 2 4 0
  Brevard    29 5 9 5

  Vero Beach     in h r-er bb so era
Wilson (l, 1-3) 4.0 4  2-1  1 5 2.73
Leach           1.1 4  3-3  1 0 3.00
Pimentel        1.2 1  0-0  0 1 4.12
Akin            1.0 0  0-0  0 2 1.85
  WP- Leach 2. Balk- Pimentel.
T- 2;18 (47 minute delay). Att- 633.
No Sweep for Fish-- Columbus (34-29) fell just short Sunday, losing 7-5 to Rome in the third and final game of the series. Columbus collected 10 hits, but hit into four double plays, including one by RF Sergio Pedroza with the bases loaded to end the game.

Rome took a 6-0 lead with four runs in the second inning and two more in the third, but in the fourth inning. with two outs, Pedroza walked and LF Drew Locke smacked his seventh home run.

The Catfish added two more runs in the fifth inning. When CF Adam Godwin banged a two-run single to bring Columbus within two at 6-4. Rome extended the lead with one run in the sixth inning. Down 7-4 the Catfish rallied in the ninth inning.

Three consecutive singles by 1B David Sutherland, C Juan Apodaca and 2B Shane Justis opened the inning. Godwin then walked with the bases loaded to force in Sutherland. SS Ivan DeJesus struck out before Pedroza grounded into a double play to end the game.

Starter RHP Dave Horlacher (0-1) gave up six runs, four earned, in two innings and took the loss. The Catfish bullpen followed with seven strikeouts in seven innings while giving up just one run on three hits and three walks.

The Catfish take to the road for four games against Savannah followed by three more with Rome Braves.
  Score by innings
Rome     042 001 000-7
Columbus 000 220 001-5

  Columbus   ab r h bi ave
Godwin CF     3 0 2 3 .235
De Jesus SS   3 0 0 0 .288
Pedroza RF    4 1 0 0 .275
Locke LF      4 1 1 2 .336
Mooneyham DH  3 0 0 0 .288
Mitchell 3B   4 0 0 0 .245
Sutherland 1B 4 2 4 0 .307
Apodaca C     3 0 1 0 .261
Justis 2B     4 1 2 0 .213
  Totals     32 5 10 5 .266
  Rome       34 7  8 5 .259

  E- Horlacher. 2B- Justis (3). 
HR- Locke (7). RBI- Locke 2 
(49), Godwin 3 (19). LOB- 
Columbus 7, Rome 6. CS- 
De Jesus (4).

  Columbus          in h r-er bb so era
Horlacher (l, 0-1) 2.0 5  6-4  2 3 10.29
Felix              3.0 1  0-0  1 3  4.81
Alvarez            2.0 1  1-1  1 2  4.45
Garrison           2.0 1  0-0  1 2  0.00
  HBP- De Jesus. T- 3:13. Att- 634.

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