Hunter, Carter get different five

Chase Headley has four hits and Jody Gerut is on a tear. Drew Macias homers to open the game and scores twice and Edwin Moreno performs some magic to get the save. Cedric Hunter collects five hits and Sam Carter knocks in five of his own. Mat Latos drops his second game in a three-inning effort.

Portland (14-13) won 9-5 over New Orleans (Mets)

Every player in the lineup reached base in some fashion the first time through, as the Beavers scored six times. Chase Headley had four hits in five at-bats – all singles – scored a run and knocked in one. Headley did, however, ground into a double play, the sixth time he has grounded into a rally killer in 26 games. The outfielder has scored a run in five straight games and in seven of his last eight.

Jody Gerut scored three times with three walks and a solo homer in the second – his fifth bomb of the season. Gerut also contributed an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at third base. The outfielder has been on base at least two times in 11 straight starts with eight multi-hit games over that span. Gerut has 20 hits in his last 40 at-bats with nine walks. He has scored a run in seven straight games, touching home 13 times over that span.

Cesar Ramos surrendered a career-high three homers – including back-to-back shots in the fourth – but came away with the victory to move to 3-2 on the year. The southpaw surrendered four runs on six hits while fanning four over 5.2 innings. Ramos had given up three homers over his first five starts coming into the game. He allowed four multi-homer games a season ago. Sunday marked the second time this year he has not issued a walk.

San Antonio (14-15) won 5-3 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Drew Macias opened up the game with a solo homer in the first and scored his second run after a double in his next at-bat before going hitless in his next three. It is the third time this year he has notched multiple extra base hits in a contest and gave him three multi-hit games in the last four and five over his last eight. He has upped his average from .190 to .236 with 11 hits in his last 31 at-bats. Macias has scored six runs over his last four games.

Mike Ekstrom gave up three runs – all coming off two homers hit back-to-back in the fourth – on seven hits while fanning three to even his record at 2-2. It was the second time in three games that he has given up multiple homers and the right-hander has surrendered seven homers in seven starts after allowing six bombs over 27 starts a season ago for San Antonio. The opposition has a .423 average off him with the bases empty.

Edwin Moreno pitched an inning and two-third to pick up his eighth save of the year in as many chances, giving up one hit and striking out two. He had some work to do in the eighth, stranding the bases loaded – all inherited runners – with a double play grounder. It was the first time this year that the right-hander has come in with men on base. Moreno has allowed 12 hits in 19.2 innings on the year and just four over his last 13.2 frames.

Lake Elsinore (17-14) won 13-11 over High Desert (Mariners)

Cedric Hunter hit out of the leadoff spot and matched a career-high with five hits in six at-bats. The outfielder doubled twice, drove in a run and scored three times. He last collected five hits on August 5, 2007 while with Fort Wayne. It was the 13th time he has collected a multi-hit game in 28 contests. Hunter had gone hitless in his previous two games out of the leadoff spot.

Sam Carter reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. He also hit his fifth homer of the season and second in as many games, launching a grand slam in the decisive eighth inning. It was his second grand slam of the season. Carter ended the day with five RBIs, his fourth with three or more RBIs and second with five driven home. Carter did, however, ground into a double play and committed an error, which led to an unearned run.

Eric Sogard ticked his average up to .406 with three hits in five at-bats. He also scored twice and knocked in a run. The second baseman has been on base in 30 of his 31 games this season and 28 straight. Sogard has 14 multi-hit games and has been on base 74 times this year with 47 hits and 27 walks. Sogard paces the California League in hits, doubles, on-base percentage, walks and on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (13-16) lost 4-1 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Mat Latos dropped to 0-2 after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three across three innings. Three of the five hits went for extra bases and five of the 12 he has allowed have been doubles – all to left-handed hitters. Latos has given up just four hits in 22 at-bats to right-handers but lefties have eight hits in 19 at-bats.

Tyler Davis pitched to the minimum in his lone inning of work, striking out a pair. The right-hander had given up runs in three straight games coming into the contest but only one earned run over his last 5.1 innings. Davis has given up earned runs in only two of his 12 outings. He has given up one hit to the leadoff batter of an inning this season.

Geoff Vandel gave up two runs on a season-high six hits across four innings while striking out two. He has given up two runs over his last 8.1 innings and eight runs over his last five outings. The leadoff man of an inning has a .321 average to begin each frame and the opposition has a .364 average with runners in scoring position.

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