Portland takes care of business with pitching

PORTLAND- The recently slumping Portland Beavers picked up just their second win of the homestand. Four Beaver pitchers combined for the team's first home shutout since May 10 and their fourth of the season. Recently injured and struggling starter Mario Ramos (0-3, 7.92 ERA), threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out one.

The outing, however, was not enough to earn the lefthander the decision.

Portland jumped on the board in the first inning when Ben Johnson hit a sacrifice fly that scored Manny Alexander who reached third on a ground rule double by Paul McAnulty. It would be the first of two doubles on the evening for McAnulty.

In the bottom of the fourth with one out, Jon Knott stole second base—his first theft of the season—and scored on a Justin Leone double. It was Leone's 41st RBI of the season. Leone then came around to score on a force out grounder by Bobby Hill.

The three runs put up by the Beavers were enough, as Portland's bullpen allowed a combined three hits through five innings. Ryan Meaux pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings, and recent acquisition Cla Meredith continued to prove resolute. Meredith (2-0, 1.76 ERA) tossed two perfect innings, getting six consecutive Sky Sox batters to ground out, and picked up the winning decision. New closer Jason Anderson, who lost in extra innings two nights earlier, bounced back and obtained his second save of the year.

The win marks a bright spot in Portland's less than spectacular season at home. The Beavers have struggled at PGE Park (13-16) while shining on the road (15-8). After a loss by Salt Lake, Portland moves within two games of first place. The Beavers play one more game versus Colorado Springs before heading out on the road.

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