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ROBERTSON PITCHES BUZZ OVER LAS VEGAS

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Rich Robertson keeps coming up big for the Salt Lake Buzz. The 26-year-old lefty, who was sent down from the parent Minnesota Twins last month, has made five starts for the Buzz. He is now 4-0. Not coincidentally, the Buzz lead the pack by three games in the second half PCL Northern Division standings.

Robertson pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and only one run, leading the Buzz to a 5-1 victory Sunday night over the Las Vegas Stars. He struck out seven. Robertson had a shutout going through eight innings, but allowed a single run in the ninth.All the runs for Salt Lake came in the fourth inning. Stars starter Hilly Hathaway was drilled for three hits and two walks in the inning, surrendering all five runs. Tom Quinlan had a two-run double and John Jackson had a two-run triple to highlight the inning.

The only run for the Las Vegas Stars came in the ninth, when designated hitter Rob Deer led off the inning with a double and later scored on a single by Sean Mulligan.

Mitch Simmons of the Buzz had three hits and Ricardo Ingram and Jackson each had two hits. Buzz shortstop Denny Hocking had his 15 game hitting streak broken, however.

The Buzz will conclude the four-game series with the Stars tonight. RHP LaTroy Hawkins (6-6, 3.87 ERA) will be on the mound for Salt Lake against Las Vegas' Greg Keagle (3-5). The Buzz begin a four-game series in Albuquerque against the Dukes Tuesday.

Salt Lake leads Tacoma by three games, Edmonton by four and Vancouver by five with 25 games remaining. The Buzz have just eight home games left. Should they win the second half division title they would play first-half champ Vancouver in a best-of-5 playoff series next month.