Portland pitchers handcuff 51s, extend skid

Two Portland pitchers shut out the 51s on three hits Saturday night in the Beavers’ 5-0 Pacific Coast League victory at PGE Park in Portland, Ore.

Right-hander Clay Hensley started for the Beavers (28-26) and exited after throwing 40 pitches. He allowed no hits and two walks in three innings, with two strikeouts.

Enrique Gonzalez (3-2) went the rest of the way, walking two and striking out four, as Portland halted a three-game losing streak and extended Las Vegas’ skid to four games.

Vince Sinisi, Chase Headley, Brian Myrow and Peter Ciofrone had two hits apiece for the Beavers, who totaled 11 hits.

Four of Portland’s five runs scored with two outs.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Headley singled and Myrow walked before Chip Ambres and Sinisi laced back-to-back doubles for a 3-0 lead.

Myrow, who spent the 2004 and ’05 seasons with the 51s, had a two-out RBI single in the fifth. And Ciofrone drove in the game’s final run, knocking in Craig Stansberry, who had doubled, in the seventh.

Right-hander Dwayne Pollok (3-1) made his second straight start after 15 relief appearances this season for Las Vegas (28-28). He gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, striking out four.

The 51s didn’t have more than one baserunner in any inning, and all of their hits were singles.

Andy LaRoche hit a two-out single in the fourth but was thrown out by Ambres, the center fielder, trying to stretch the hit into a double. After A.J. Ellis’ leadoff single in the eighth, Sinisi, the right fielder, doubled Ellis off first base on Wilkin Ruan’s flyout.

Las Vegas’ only other hit was John Lindsey’s two-out single in the ninth.

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