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BUZZ SNAP LOSING STREAK, IMPROVE PLAYOFF CHANCES

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Dan Masteller had three hits and drove in three runs, and Scott Stahoviak drove in a pair of runs Monday night as the Salt Lake Buzz beat the Las Vegas Stars 7-6 in the Pacific Coast League.

By snapping their four-game losing streak, the Buzz kept ahead of Calgary in the race for a wild-card berth for the Pacific Coast League playoffs. If Vancouver, which defeated Tucson Monday night, keeps its one-game lead over Calgary in the Northern Division race, it will win both halves of the season. The team with the best overall record for the season will then become the Northern Division's second playoff team. The Buzz are a game and a half up on Calgary for the best overall record, as the Cannons lost to Tacoma Monday night.Salt Lake's David McCarty, a former first-round pick out of Stanford by the Minnesota Twins, went 2-for-5 and scored twice.

Las Vegas' Melvin Nieves, traded to the San Diego Padres last season in the Fred McGriff trade, drove in three runs.

Jon Henry (3-4) allowed five runs in five innings for the victory.

Scott Chiamparino (2-2) gave up five runs - three earned - in five innings to take the loss.

Tacoma 6, Calgary 2

At Tacoma, Wash., Scott Lydy homered and drove in three runs as the Tigers beat the Cannons.

Vancouver 6, Tucson 1

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Rod Correia singled home two runs to highlight a five-run eighth-inning rally that lifted the Canadians over the Toros.

Colorado Springs 9, Albuquerque 8

At Colorado Springs, Colo., the Albuquerque Dukes matched a Pacific Coast League record by hitting four consecutive homers in one inning Monday night but dropped a decision to the Sky Sox in 10 innings.

In the fourth inning, Ron Coomer, Billy Ashley, Todd Hollandsworth and Mike Busch hit four straight homers to tie a PCL record set by the Tacoma Tigers in 1974.

Ty VanBurkleo's RBI double in the 10th inning gave the Sky Sox the win.

Phoenix 7, Edmonton 2

At Scottsdale, Ariz., Dan Carlson picked up his league-leading 13th victory as the Firebirds defeated Edmonton.

Carlson (13-6) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out six. Reliever Chris Hook gave up both Trappers runs in the eighth.