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Late HRs Push Beavers to Victory

August 7, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Yamid Haad hit a three-run blast in the eighth inning and Val Pascucci added a solo homer earlier in the frame to carry the Portland Beavers past the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-5 Friday night at Isotopes Park.

Haad, Sean Kazmar, Russ Adams, Mike Baxter and Pascucci, who also had an RBI double, each collected two knocks for the Beavers (50-64), who out-hit Albuquerque 13-8.

Eulogio De La Cruz (1-4) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first win of the season and Adam Russell (2) yielded a pair of hits over the final two innings to garner the save.

Blake DeWitt went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Luis Maza tallied a solo shot for the Isotopes (62-52), who failed to score after tallying five runs in the opening two innings.

Henry Bonilla (3-8) allowed five runs, including the two eighth-inning homers, on seven hits over four innings to take the loss.

Isotopes starter Charlie Haeger pitched four innings, striking out five and yielding one run while scattering four hits.

Beavers starter Wade LeBlanc settled down after giving up five runs in the first two frames and allowed one hit over the next four innings before being replaced in the seventh. The left-hander surrendered six total hits and struck out five in his second straight no-decision.

Jamie Hoffman followed consecutive lead-off singles with an RBI groundout and Brett Harper added a run-scoring double in the first to set Albuquerque up with an early 2-0 lead.

Maza hit a solo homer and DeWitt blasted a two-run shot three batters later as the Isotopes went long twice in the second inning to extend their lead to five runs.

Adams plated Danny Putnam, who reached base on a double, with a two-out single in the fourth to put the Beavers on the scoreboard, 5-1.

Kazmar began the fifth inning with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Macias to bring Portland to within three runs.

Trailing by three runs in the eighth, Pascucci hit a solo homer to cut the Beavers' deficit to two. Putnam then drew a walk and Adams knocked a double before Haad cleared the bases with a three-run shot, giving the Beavers their first lead of the game, 6-5.

Pascucci secured the win for the Beavers in the ninth with an RBI double.

The Beavers and Isotopes meet again on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. (Pacific)

NOTES: The San Diego Padres recalled right-hander Ryan Webb from Portland earlier in the day ... the Beavers have collected 37 hits through the first three games of their eight-game trip ... Pascucci continued his recent tear and now has five RBIs and three home runs in the last three games against the Isotopes.

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