Knott clubs 26th home run for Portland

August 25, 2006 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Portland Beavers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - Jon Knott hit his 26th home run and the Portland Beavers battled back from an early four-run deficit to defeat the Las Vegas 51s 5-4 in front of 5,844 Friday night at PGE Park.

The Beavers (64-69) spotted Las Vegas four runs in the first inning, but Knott belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Portland took the lead with a three-run rally in the seventh.

The win helped the Beavers snap a four-game, home-losing streak and gave Portland its first win of the year over the 51s (62-72) at PGE Park.

In the seventh, Las Vegas starter Eric Stults issued a leadoff walk to Justin Leone and gave up an RBI triple to Luke Allen. Kennard Jones then reached on an error, David Matranga contributed a game-tying single up the middle off newly inserted Franquelis Osoria, and the Beavers took the lead when Paul McAnulty dropped an RBI single into shallow left field.

Steve Andrade (3-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win and Scott Cassidy, who was roughed up for five runs Thursday night, worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Despite striking out 10 batters, Stults (9-11) took the loss. Four of his five runs allowed over his 6 1/3 innings were earned.

Wilson Valdez led off the game with a double and scored on an RBI single by Sergio Garcia. Garcia scored when James Loney doubled, and a two-run homer by Andy LaRoche put Las Vegas ahead 4-0.

Knott's two-run homer with McAnulty on base cut the 51s lead in half in the bottom of the fourth.

The Beavers next take on the 51s Saturday night at PGE Park. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

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