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Southern Oregon alone in first place

PORTLAND ­ It's been a long time since the Southern Oregon Timberjacks(even when they were known as the A's) found themselves alone in first placepast the Fourth of July.

But Southern Oregon has first place all to itself following a 6-1 victoryover the Portland Rockies Wednesday before 2,597 at Civic Stadium.

Southern Oregon last won a Northwest League division title in 1989. Sincethen the closest the club has come to winning a division title was whenit finished four games off the pace in 1992 and 1993 ­ finishing thirdboth seasons.

The Timberjacks defeated the Rockies for the first time in three triesto improve to 12-9. Portland slipped to 11-10 with two more games scheduledbefore Southern Oregon returns home on Saturday.

Left-hand pitcher Eric DuBose (1-0), the 21st overall selection out ofMississippi State in the June draft, picked up his first professional victoryin his third appearance.

He struck out nine and scattered four hits in four innings of relief.

Rodney Clifton provided the decisive blow for the Timberjacks as theybroke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning, sending nine batters to the plate andcollecting four runs on six hits.

Ed Farris and Adam Robinson singled to start the inning then Jose Figueroabunted into a fielder's choice, erasing Farris.

One out later, Clifton jumped on a 3-2 fastball from right-hander CristyRosa (0-1) and drove it over the left-field fence for his second home runof the season.

The 'Jacks weren't through. Mike Koerner extended his hitting streakto nine games with a single, Eddie Lara singled and then Adam Piatt, whohad four base hits, plated Koerner.

Farris doubled home Piatt with the game's first run in the bottom ofthe fourth before Portland tied it up in its next at-bat.