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On a night of many outstanding performances, Albuquerque scored four in the 10th to earn an 11-7 win over Memphis as Jamie Hoffman knocked in six runs. Lucas May knocked in five as Chattanooga topped Huntsville 11-5. Inland Empire, behind Tim Sexton, shut out Lake Elsinore 3-0. Great Lakes scored eight in the fifth on two home runs – one a grand slam by Jaime Pedroza – in a 12-3 win over Peoria.

'Topes Score Four in 10th
Albuquerque rammed across four runs in the 10th inning and then held off Memphis to earn an 11-7 win. Jamie Hoffman knocked in six runs.

However, the Isotopes (44-41) had to overcome a 6-3 deficit going into the eighth inning and they did just that, scoring four times to take a 7-6 lead before the Redbirds scored to take the game into extra innings.

It was a dark and stormy night for pitchers on each side of the field as the two teams combined for 28 hits and 18 runs. Albuquerque used six hurlers; Memphis four, with the fifth of the night, Erick Threets, earning his third win.

The 'Topes led 3-2 in the fourth but Memphis roared back to take a6-3 lead into the top of the eighth. Sergio Garcia led off with a double and scored when pinch-hitter Juan Gonzalez singled to center. Tony Abreu reached on an error before Hoffmann launched a two-out, three-run homer (#5) that gave Albuquerque a 7-6 lead.

Memphis nicked Nick DeBarr for the tying run and Threets came in to prevent any additional damage. He also worked a scoreless ninth inning.

Albuquerque put up another '4' on the board in the top of the 10th when J.D. Closser smacked a one-out single, and advanced safely to second when Memphis mishandled a groundball by Abreu for the third Redbirds error of the game.

After Chin-Lung Hu was hit by a pitch to load the bases, the red-hot Hoffmann scorched a single to left that plated his fifth and sixth runs of the game. The six RBI tied a club-high set by Mitch Jones and Hector Luna earlier this season. Pinch-hitter Luis Maza added a two-run double to provide a bit of insurance.

Scott Strickland muffled the Memphis bats, retiring the 'Birds in order in the bottom of the 10th to seal the 11-7 win.

Albuquerque scored a run in the first on a Hoffmann RBI groundout, only to have Memphis tie the game with a run in the second and take a 2-1 lead with a tally in the bottom of the third.

The 'Topes fought back with two in the fourth on an RBI single by starting pitcher Josh Lindblom and a run-scoring double by Abreu to grab a 3-2 lead, but the 'Birds plated three in the fourth and another in the fifth to grab a 6-3 lead.

Abreu led the Albuquerque attack with a single and a pair of doubles. Hoffman singled and homered, knocking in six. Sergio Garcia and Lindblom each added a pair of hits.

This night, Lindblom's hitting was a cut better than his pitching. The young man allowed eight hits and five runs before leaving in the fourth. Dwayne Pollok gave up another run and Vincente Bonilla shut the Redbirds down in his two innings. DeBarr, Threets and Strickland followed.

Albuquerque will continue its five-game pre-All-Star Break series with the Redbirds, starting right-hander Giancarlo Alvarado (6-6, 3.62) against righty Mitchell Boggs (3-4, 5.90) this evening.

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	100 200 040 4-11
Memphis	        011 310 010 0- 7

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 2n	6  3  3  1  .233
Hu ss	        5  1  0  0  .261
Hoffmann rf	5  2  2  6  .299
Jones 1b	4  0  0  0  .286
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  0  1  2  .268
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
Brown lf	4  0  1  0  .296
Repko cf	6  0  1  0  .263
SGarcia 3b	5  2  2  0  .217
Ellis c	        5  1  1  0  .297
Lindblom p	2  0  2  1  .750
Pollok p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Rosario ph	1  0  0  0  .234
 Bonilla p	0  0  0  0  .000
 JuGonzalez ph	1  1  1  1  .228
 DeBarr p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Closser 1b	1  1  1  0  .333
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  Totals	46 15 11 11
  Memphis	40  7 13  7

  2B- ABreu 2 (3), SGarcia (7), Maza (11).
HR- Hoffmann (5), RBI- Hoffmann 6 (21), Lindblom 
(1), Abreu (4), JuGonzalez (8), Maza 2 (29). 
LOB- Albuquerque 10, Memphis 12. DP- SGarcia,
Abreu and Jones.

  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Lindblom	3.2  8  5-5  4  4  5.59
Pollok	        1.1  1  1-1  2  1  5.31
Bonilla	        2.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.54
DeBarr	        0.2  2  1-1  0  0  7.22
Threets (3-0)	1.1  1  0-0  1  2  1.62
Strickland	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  3.45
  WP- Lindblom. HBP- Brown, Hu.
T- 3:40. Att- 5,188.
Five-Run Eighth Fuels Lookouts
Chattanooga, clinging to a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning, rang up five runs to clinch the game, highlighted by a Ramon Nivar two-RBI double and RBI singles from Lucas May, Andrew Lambo, and Adam Godwin to record a 11-5 win over Huntsville.

Travis Chick started for the Lookouts and allowed single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Tim Corcoran (3-6) mopped up for him in the sixth and then added a scoreless seventh to earn the win on the strength of the big rally.

Victor Garate held the Stars to one hit over the final two innings to close out the win.

The Lookouts scored in the first on a Lucas May sacrifice fly. But on this night, one-run leads didn't have much of a shelf life. The Stars added one in each the second and third. A two-RBI double by Lucas May in the bottom of the inning made it advantage, Chattanooga.

Huntsville tied up the score in the fourth but doubles by Tommy Giles and James Tomlin in the bottom of the bottom of the inning knotted the game.

The Stars scored a single run for the fifth time in the game before a Russ Mitchell solo shot (#9) in the sixth made it 5-4.

Huntsville scored for the last time in the seventh before Nivar doubled, advancing his hitting streak to a team-high 10 games. Josh Bell bat out an infield single and Lucas May's ground ball scored Nivar.

Garate earned his second save of the season by protecting the lead over the final two innings.

  Score by Innings
Huntsville	011 110 100- 5
Chattanooga	102 101 15x-11

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  2  2  1  .322
Nivar 2b	4  3  2  2  .429
Bell 3b	        3  2  1  0  .275
May c        	4  0  3  5  .306
Lambo lf	5  1  1  1  .276
Perez 1b	3  0  1  0  .267
 Corcoran p	0  0  0  0  .125
 Godwin ph-rf	1  0  1  1  .230
Giles rf	4  1  1  0  .278
 Garate p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ss	1  0  0  0  .297
Becker ss	2  1  1  0  .229
Chick p	        2  0  0  0  .063
Mitchell 1b	2  1  1  1  .208
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  Totals	36 11 14 11
  Huntsville	36  5 11  4

  Error- Corcoran (2). 2B- May (7),
Giles (7), Tomlin (11), Nivar 2 (8).
HR- Mitchell (9). RBI- May 5 (17),
Tomlin (18), Mitchell (39), Nivar 2
(7), Lambo (35), Godwin (11). S- Nivar,
Becker. SF- May. LOB- Chattanooga 8,
Huntsville 8. DP- Perez and Sellers.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Chick        	5.2  8  4-4  3  2  3.89
Corcoran (3-6)	1.1  2  1-0  0  1  5.62
Garate (sv 4)	2.0  1  0-0  1  3  2.16
  WP- Chick. T- 2:58. Att- 2,501.
Sexton and Friends Blank Storm
Inland Empire, behind Tim Sexton and strong relief help, gave the 66ers won their sixth straight road game and dealt Lake Elsinore its first home shutout of the season 3-0.

Sexton, who was 0-4 despite a 2.61 ERA against the Storm on the season, stranded six runners over the first four innings before setting down to retied the Storm in order in the fifth and sixth.

The right-hander, now 5-8, has won four straight decisions for the first time in his career. The California League All-Star scattered six hits and a walk while striking out 6 over 6.1 innings to lower his ERA to 2.72, second best in the league.

Thomas Melgarejo, fresh off the disabled list, pitched for the first time since April after a trip to the disabled list, relieved Sexton in the seventh with two on and one out. The lefthander got a strikeout and a fly ball to end the threat. He also added a scoreless eighth.

Jake McCarter saved his fifth game and lowered his ERA to 2.77 with a shutout ninth inning.

The 66ers scored all the runs they needed in the second inning when Pedro Baez led off with a single before Steve Caseres followed with a double off the wall in right. Jaime Ortiz then drove in Baez with an RBI groundout before Christian Lara scored in Caseres with a single to right.

In the ninth, Trayvon Robinson doubled and later scored on Jaime Ortiz's sac fly.

Baez and Laura each had two of the eight Inland Empire hits.

The six-game road-winning streak is the longest since 2002, when Inland Empire won nine in a row on the road.

  The 66ers will try for its second road sweep in a row tonight with RHP Chris Withrow (5-5, 5.23) on the hill for Inland Empire. The Sixers return to Arrowhead Credit Union Park Wednesday, July 15 for a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	020 000 001-3
Lake Elsinore	000 000 000-0

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly lf	4  0  0  0  .256
Herrera rf	4  0  0  0  .333
Robinson cf	4  1  1  0  .294
Baez 3b        	4  1  2  0  .285
Caseres 1b	3  1  1  0  .292
Ortiz dh	3  0  0  2  .253
Lara ss        	4  0  2  1  .253
Mier c        	3  0  1  0  .200
Fuller 2b	3  0  1  0  .254
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  Totals	29  3  8  3
  Lake Elsinore	35  0  7  0

  Error- Lara (14). 2B- Caseres (17),
Robinson (23). RBI- Ortiz 2 ((), Lara
(29). SF- Ortiz. LOB- Inland Empire 4,
Lake Elsinore 9. CS- Mattingly (6),
PO- Ortiz (2). 

   Inland Empire	in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (5-8)	6.1  6  0-0  1  6  2.72
Melgarejo	1.2  0  0-0  0  3  4.76
McCarter (sv 5)	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.77
  T- 2:38. Att- 2,000.
Pedroza, Loons Slam Peoria
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes Loons scored eight runs in the fifth inning on two home runs – one a grand slam by Jaime Pedroza – and ended a season-high four-game losing streak with a 12-3 win over Peoria.

  The convincing win helped get the Loons out of an offensive funk that saw the team score just 26 runs in their first 12 games of the second half.   

Beneficiary of the scoring avalanche, Justin Miller (4-5), recorded his sixth quality start of the season. He limited the Chiefs to two runs in seven innings, striking out a batter per frame.  

Leading 3-2 into the fifth inning, Jaime Pedroza led off with a walk and Tony Delmonico followed with a single up the middle after a lengthy at-bat. An opposite-field three-run home run to Kyle Russell, his league-leading 20th homer of the year followed. 

The Chiefs booted Travis Vetters' ground ball and the next three Loons drew walks, Dee Gordon forcing home the Loons' fourth run of the inning, Peoria made a pitching change but it didn't work out all that well. 

On a 3-2 count, Pedroza blasted a grand slam well beyond the wall in left field for his 11th homer and the Loons' first grand slam of the season.  

Pedroza's slam was the Loons' first since Alfredo Silverio's four-run home run August 28, 2008 in West Michigan.

Silverio had three hits in the game. Pedroza and Russell recorded four RBIs each. Kyle Smit worked the final two innings to close out the win.  

The Loons (44-38 overall, 5-8 in the second half) scored their highest run total in the second half and the most runs in an inning (eight) this season.  

Inland Empire continues their 10-game road trip tonight with the second game of three in Peoria. Right-hander Ethan Martin (4-3, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Loons and Nathan Eovaldi (1-4, 3.90) is also scheduled to pitch for the Loons. 

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	102 081 000-12
Peoria	        200 000 100- 3

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	5  3  2  1  .306
Pedroza 2b	4  2  1  4  .262
Delmonico c	5  1  1  0  .262
Russell rf	5  2  2  4  .282
Silverio lf	5  1  3  1  .270
Buss cf        	5  0  1  1  .260
Vetters dh	4  1  0  0  .219
Hatch 3b	3  1  1  0  .267
Wallach 1b	4  1  1  0  .238
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  Totals	40 12 12 11
Peoria	        35  3 10  2

  Error- Wallach (8). 2B- Silverio
(16), Wallach (14). 3B- Russell (3).
HR- Russell (20), Pedroza (11).
RBI- Russell 4 (63), Silverio (34),
Gordon (22), Pedroza 4 (51), Buss (36).
LOB- Great Lakes 9, Peoria 7. DP- Gordon
and Wallach; Hatch and Wallach; Pedroza , 
Gordon and Wallach.

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
JMiller (4-5)	7.0  7  2-2  2  7  4.53
Smit        	2.0  3  1-1  0  3  5.57
  HBP- Vetters.
T- 2;53 (:22 delay). Att- 2,164.
 

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