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November 13, 2009 at 5:58 AM

Phoenix ends Mesa's winning streak


11/13 Cup of Coffee: Mesa had its six game winning streak halted, as Phoenix downed the Solar Sox 11-5.

The Desert Dogs took the lead in the top of the first inning, scoring twice on a two-run homer by Oakland prospect Corey Brown. The Solar Sox cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, when Starlin Castro (CHC) doubled and scored on a Josh Vitters (CHC) single. In the bottom of the second, Mesa scored three times to extend its lead. With one out, Luis Exposito, Greg Burns (FLA) and Jose Iglesias all singled, loading the bases. Exposito scored on an error by Desert Dog outfielder and Blue Jay prospect Adam Loewen. Castro then drove in Burns with an infield single. After Iglesias was out on a force play at home, Vitters was hit by a pitch, scoring the third run of the inning.

The Solar Sox held the lead until the fifth inning, when Phoenix scored three runs off of Angel prospect Jeremy Haynes. The three runs scored courtesy off three walks, two wild pitches, a single and a sacrifice fly. Exposito had two passed balls in the inning. The Desert Dogs added another run in the sixth off Tim Kiely (LAA). He allowed two walks and a run-scoring single to Brown. Richie Lentz came into the game in the seventh and allowed two runs on a single by Brad Emaus (TOR), a triple to Tampa Bay prospect Nevin Ashley, and a single to Loewen.

The Solar Sox scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Ryan Kalish singled to right and scored on a PJ Phillips (LAA) double. The Desert Dogs scored three more runs in the eighth on four straight singles to close out the game's scoring.

Kalish and Exposito each went 1 for 4 with a run scored and a walk. Iglesias went 2 for 4 with a double. Lentz, in his one inning of work, gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. The Solar Sox play Phoenix again this afternoon at 2:35 EST.