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Yakima can't keep up with Timberjacks' Jones

YAKIMA, Wash. ­ The streaking Southern Oregon Timberjacks got anotherstellar outing from their suddenly potent pitching staff Sunday night.

A trio of Timberjacks hurlers limited the Yakima Bears to just threehits in a 3-0 Northwest League victory that extended Southern Oregon's roadwinning streak to six games.

The win also kept Southern Oregon tied atop the South Division with Portlandat 38-27. The Rockies beat Salem-Keizer 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.

Marcus Jones (3-3) went seven innings ­ the longest outing for anyTimberjacks starting pitcher this season ­ and struck out nine.

The right-handed Jones, a third-round pick this year out of Long BeachState, mixed in two hits with two hits in a second straight solid outing.Jones went six innings without yielding an earned run in his last start,a 3-1 win over Eugene on Wednesday.

Jason Faust struck out the side in the eighth and Jared Jensen pitchedthe ninth inning for his sixth save. The three Southern Oregon pitchersallowed only six Bears runners to reach base.

The Timberjacks managed just three hits themselves in a game that lastedonly 2 hours, 20 minutes ­ the shortest Southern Oregon game of theseason.

Southern Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the third inning off loser Kyle Graham(0-2). Brad Gorrie led off with a walk and Jose Figueroa was hit by a pitch.The runners advanced on a sacrifice by Victor Hernandez and Gorrie scoredon a sacrifice fly by Rodney Clifton.

The Timberjacks went up 2-0 in the fourth inning when Adam Piatt walked,stole second and then scored on a single by Hipolito Martinez. Piatt addeda RBI sacrifice to right in the eighth.

Southern Oregon looks for a sweep of Yakima tonight before returninghome to open a crucial series with Portland on Tuesday.

In addition to the scheduled three-game series, the Timberjacks willcomplete a June 29 game suspended by rain with Southern Oregon leading 3-2.That game will be completed as the first of a doubleheader Wednesday.

After the series in Medford is completed Thursday, the two teams willplay a three-game series in Portland. Southern Oregon then completes theseason with three games at home against Salem-Keizer.