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.