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Murton ends Sky Sox skid with two homers, six RBI

August 31, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Matt Murton crushed two homers and drove in six runs as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox scored seven unanswered runs to beat the Portland Beavers 11-4 on Monday night at Security Service Field.

Murton's six RBIs were his second-highest total of the season and the Triple-A All-Star outfielder was aided by three hits apiece by Christian Colonel and Jonathan Herrera.

The Sky Sox (70-65), who entered the game on a four-game losing streak and clinging to a first-place tie in the Pacific North Division of the PCL, got six solid innings from Adam Eaton (4-3), who gave up four runs on nine hits but did not walk anyone.

Craig Stansberry and Chad Huffman each had two hits for the Beavers (57-80), who have lost seven in a row after winning seven-of-eight.

The Sky Sox took a 4-0 lead with two runs in each of the first two innings, using RBI singles by Murton and Colonel in the first and Herrera's RBI double and Mike McCoy's sac fly in the second.

The Beavers tied the game with four in the fourth by stringing together four hits to start the inning. Stansberry led off with a double and Russ Adams followed with a single. Following a wild pitch that allowed Stansberry to score from third, Huffman hit an RBI double, Valentino Pascucci hit a sac fly and Mike Baxter hit an RBI single to knot the game.

Colorado Springs scored seven unanswered runs, starting in the fifth with Murton's tie-breaking three-run shot off Beavers starter Josh Banks.

Murton added a two-run homer in the seventh off Walter Silva before Herrera had his second RBI of the night.

Banks (7-7) suffered the loss after giving up a season-high eight runs on eight hits and four walks across five innings.

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