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Big inning lifts Rockies past T'jacks

PORTLAND - The Southern Oregon Timberjacks picked the wrong time of theseason to suffer through a three-game losing streak.

Friday night, the Timberjacks failed for the third straight night togain ground on first-place Portland, dropping a 12-5 decision to the Rockiesat Civic Stadium.

The loss drops Southern Oregon (40-31) two games behind Portland (42-29)in the South Division standings in the Northwest League.

The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning off Timberjacks'starter Marcus Jones, but Southern Oregon bounced back to score four runsin the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead.

After a Brad Gorrie single and a walk to Nicolas Sosa, Ed Farris crackedan RBI double off Portland reliever Alvin Rivera.

Sosa scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Victor Hernandez. Rodney Cliftonfollowed with an RBI triple. He later scored on a fielder's choice by EddieLara.

The the flood gates opened for Portland in the bottom half of the seventh,as the Rockies scored seven runs to put the game out of reach.

Efrain Alamo and Andre Mitchell had one-out back-to-back singles offTimberjacks' reliever Luis Vizcaino. After Jeremy Jackson reached to loadthe bases, Vizcaino struck out Michael Johns.

But on an 0-2 pitch to Jerome Alviso, Vizcaino hit Alviso to force homeAlamo.

After a run-scoring walk to Todd Sears, Portland catcher Jose Gonzalesripped a grand slam.

Oscar Abreu issued back-to-back walks to Alamo and Mitchell forced homethe final two runs of the inning.

The Rockies added another run in the eighth inning.

Southern Oregon still has two cracks at Portland.

The two teams will finish out their three-game series in Portland, thenthe Timberjacks return home to complete the regular season with three gamesagainst Salem-Keizer.