It's not too often that Salt Lake Buzz Manager Phil Roof gets a nine-year major-league veteran in the lineup, but with the free-agent signing of Darrin Jackson last week, Roof hopes the Buzz will take advantage of his stay.

They have so far.Monday night at Franklin Quest Field, John Shave went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, Mitch Simons was 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs, and Jackson added two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs to lift the Buzz to a 9-4 victory over the Phoenix Firebirds, giving the Buzz a 3-1 record in the four-game series with the Firebirds.

"You can see the difference already," Roof said of Jackson, who is 6-for-17 in his four games with the Buzz. "You know he's going to deliver. He's a solid player."

Roof continues "he's something that we needed. He's a veteran that has done something at the major-league level. He's somebody that these guys are going to lean on, pull information out of and watch how he plays the game."

With the victory, the Buzz move to 13-11 in the Northern Division, while the Firebirds drop to 14-10 in Southern Division play.

As for Monday's game, "there was a lot of good hitting tonight," Roof said of his team that had a hit in every spot except two in pounding out 14 base hits. "How about those No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 hitters (Simons, Shave and Jackson, who were a combined 8-for-15)."

However, Roof was quick to point out the hitting of his No. 8 and No. 9 hitters, Kevin Baez and Mike Durant, who were a combined 4-for-7 in the victory.LaTroy Hawkins, who moved to 5-0 with the victory, gave up 10 hits, allowed two runs, one earned, in his five innings of work. He left with a 6-2 lead.

Salt Lake trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, but a five-run inning, fueled by an RBI double by Simons, and RBI single by Shave and a two-RBI triple by Jackson gave the Buzz the lead for good at 5-2.

Shave singled home runs in the fourth and sixth innings, while Simons doubled home a run in the sixth also. Durant singled home Salt Lake's final run in the seventh.

In relief of Hawkins, Brian Looney fired two innings of shutout ball in facing just six hitters, while Jose Parra fired a scoreless eighth but allowed two Phoenix runs in the ninth.

The Buzz open a four-game series tonight with Tacoma beginning at 7 at Franklin Quest Field. RHP Dave Stevens (2-1, 5.60 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Buzz, while RHP Paul Abbott (1-1, 6.75 ERA) is scheduled for the Rainiers.