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Triple-A roundup: Francis stifles 'Pigs
Betances secures first IL victory; Grandal hits first PCL homer
04/28/2012 2:53 AM ET
Jeff Francis leads the International League with 33 strikeouts.
Jeff Francis leads the International League with 33 strikeouts. (Kevin Hill/MiLB.com)
Jeff Francis struck out nine and allowed a run on three hits over eight innings as visiting Louisville held on for a 2-1 victory over Norfolk. Mike Costanzo had two hits and supplied all of the Bats' offense with a two-run homer. Orioles No. 15 prospect Joe Mahoney homered in the eighth for the Tides.

Yankees No. 2 prospect Dellin Betances recorded his first Triple-A victory, giving up one run on one hit and four walks over five innings, in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Kevin Russo went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Craig Tatum smacked a two-run homer for the Baby Bombers. Kevin Frandsen doubled home the IronPigs' lone run.

Zach McAllister pitched seven strong innings and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as Columbus shut down Pawtucket, 4-1. Matt LaPorta homered and drove in three runs, giving him eight RBIs in his last three games for the Clippers. Josh Kroeger accounted for the PawSox's offense with his first homer of the season.

Lucas May hit a three-run homer and scored twice and Omar Quintanilla went deep for the second game in a row, powering Buffalo past visiting Rochester, 7-3. Mets No. 3 prospect Jeurys Familia lasted three-plus innings after allowing two runs on two hits and seven walks for the Bisons. Darin Mastroianni was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI out of the leadoff spot for the Red Wings.

Matt Hague and Nick Evans both had four hits and three RBIs, fueling Indianapolis' 13-2 pounding of Durham. Jake Fox homered and also drove in three runs, while Pirates No. 3 prospect Starling Marte doubled twice, scored three times and picked up an RBI for the Indians. Leslie Anderson had two of the Bulls' seven hits.

Jose Constanza had three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, as Gwinnett edged Toledo, 3-2. Adam Russell struck out four over 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief to improve to 3-0, while Quintin Berry collected three hits and stole two bases out of the Mud Hens' leadoff spot.

Alex Sanabia fanned seven and gave up five hits over seven innings to improve to 3-0 and help New Orleans defeat visiting Albuquerque 2-1. Scott Cousins had two hits and an RBI for the Zephyrs, while Isotopes starter Mike Parisi took the hard-luck loss after allowing one run on four hits over seven frames.

Cardinals No. 8 prospect Matt Adams slugged a two-run homer to cap a four-run eighth inning as Memphis rallied past visiting Omaha, 5-4. Rehabbing Allen Craig also had a pair of RBIs for the Redbirds, while Anthony Seratelli went 4-for-4 and scored a run in a losing cause.

Rangers No. 2 prospect Martin Perez allowed three runs on four hits over six innings to square his record at 2-2 and help Round Rock top Oklahoma City, 8-3. Tommy Mendonca and Yangervis Solarte went deep for the Express, while Angel Sanchez had two hits and scored a run for the RedHawks.

Taylor Harbin smacked a three-run homer, fell a triple shy of the cycle and scored twice to lead a 15-hit attack in Reno's 12 win at Salt Lake. Randy Ruiz went yard for the second game in a row and drove in four runs for the Aces. Angels No. 14 prospect Andrew Romine collected three hits and three RBIs, while Doug Deeds was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored for the Bees.

Tyler Chatwood struck out five over four innings and combined with four relievers on a four-hitter as visiting Colorado Springs blanked Fresno, 6-0. Tommy Field and Brendan Harris homered for the Sky Sox, while Eli Whiteside accounted for half of the Grizzlies' hits.

Jesse Chavez yielded two hits and fanned five over seven innings for his third win as Las Vegas coasted to a 5-0 win over visiting Tacoma. Ruben Gotay had two hits and two RBIs for the 51s, who got three hits and two runs scored from Ricardo Nanita.

Josh Geer limited Sacramento to a run on six hits over six innings, pitching Tucson to a 5-1 road win. Padres No. 4 prospect Yasmani Grandal smacked his first Triple-A homer and scored twice for the Padres, while Jermaine Mitchell went yard and walked twice for the River Cats.

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