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International League outslugs PCL 13-9

Posted: Thursday July 17, 2003 12:19 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Johnny Estrada of the Richmond Braves had a homer among three hits and drove in three runs Wednesday night to lead the International League to a 13-9 victory over the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-Star Game.

Estrada had a single, double and homer as the IL snapped a four-game losing streak in the annual contest.

The game was a slugfest from the start with 26 hits -- including six home runs. The 22 runs set a AAA All-Star record, eclipsing the 17 in 1993. The IL scored in all but one of the first seven innings, including three runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth.

Estrada, the game's MVP, was not alone in the offensive production for the IL. Both Lou Collier of Pawtucket and teammate Anton French had a homer among three hits.

Collier's, a two-run shot, came in the sixth. French's closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth.

No PCL player had more than one hit.

The PCL benefited from three IL errors, leading to six of the PCL's nine runs. Richmond's Andy Pratt was tagged with all three earned runs on four hits and two walks in the fourth.

The PCL's biggest hit was a three-run homer by Oklahoma's Jason Jones in the sixth that cut the IL lead to 11-9.

But an RBI single by Aaron Miles of Charlotte in the seventh and French's homer extended the lead.

Jason Smith of the Durham Bulls also homered for the IL, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth.

Sam Marsonek, the Columbus Clippers' right-hander, pitched a perfect fifth for the IL and was the winner. Jason Ryan of the Memphis Redbirds, who gave up three runs in the fifth, took the loss.

 
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