Perez goes distance in 51s’ victory

Luis Perez pitched the 51s’ third complete game of the season, and Jonathan Diaz hit his second home run of the season and second in two nights in Las Vegas’ 9-2 Pacific Coast League victory over the Portland Beavers on Friday in Portland, Ore.

Perez (5-5), a left-hander who entered the night with a 6.61 ERA and no complete games in 14 starts, held the Beavers (57-84) to two runs on six hits and no walks and struck out six.

Diaz had no home runs in 70 at-bats this season until hitting one Thursday in Las Vegas’ 15-10 victory at Sacramento. The shortstop added another in the second inning Friday, a two-out, two-run shot that capped the scoring in the 51s’ six-run inning.

Aaron Mathews had a two-run double, Raul Chavez drove in a run with a groundout, and Manny Mayorson added an RBI single in the second for the 51s (65-76).

Portland scored its runs in the fifth inning, on doubles by Jody Gerut and Dusty Ryan and Perez’s two-out balk with Ryan on third base. That was one of few mistakes for Perez, who threw 71 of his 109 pitches for strikes.

Mayorson had a run-scoring double in the sixth inning and Jason Lane a two-run double in the ninth to cap the scoring. Mayorson, Diaz and Lane each had two of Las Vegas’ 10 hits.

Beavers starter Jon Berger (0-1) gave up six runs on five hits and one walk in two innings in his Portland debut.

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