NORWICH, Conn. - Bubba Nelson and two relief pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Reading Phillies beat the Connecticut Defenders, 2-1, last night in the Eastern League.

Nelson went five innings and gave up one run. Julio De La Cruz allowed two hits in 22/3 innings before Anderson Garcia recorded his league-leading seventh save.

Indianapolis 5, Ottawa 2

INDIANAPOLIS - John Van Benschoten extended his scoreless streak to 292/3 innings as the Indians won in the International League.

Salem 2, Wilmington 1

Wilmington 6, Salem 2

SALEM, Va. - Kila Kaaihue's two-run homer led the Blue Rocks past the Avalanche for a split of their Carolina League doubleheader.

Lakewood 5, Lake County 4

EASTLAKE, Ohio - Gus Milner doubled and drove in two runs to lead the BlueClaws past the Captains in the South Atlantic League.

Trenton. The Thunder's Eastern League game against visiting New Britain was suspended by rain with the score tied, 1-1, in the ninth. The game will be completed beginning at 1:05 this afternoon, before the regularly scheduled game.

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WP: Bubba Nelson (2-0). LP: Ben Cox (0-4). Save: Anderson Garcia (7). A: 3,079.

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WP: John Van Benschoten (3-2). LP: Heath Toten (0-1) A: 9.741.

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Salem0000011 -241

WP: Brian Bogusevic (3-3). LP: Russell Haltiwanger (1-3). HR: S-Ole Sheldon (4).

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WP: Yovany d'Amico (2-0). LP: Rory Shortell (1-2). HR: W-Kila Kaaihue (4); S-Joshua Flores (3), Billy Hart (1). A: 5,228.

Lakewood100013000 -561

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WP: Darren Byrd (4-1). LP: Paolo Espino (2-1). Save: Ronald Hill (6). A: 5,504.

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WP: Mark Ion (3-0). LP: Kevin Mannix (0-2). Save: Chris Fussell (4). A: 2,108.