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Who's hot? Knott, for Bevos

Veteran pounds Tacoma in 8-2 Portland win

TACOMA, Wash. - If you're Knott, you're hot.

Third-year Bevo Jon Knott, not known for his speed, ripped two triples and added a double and a home run in leading the Portland Beavers to a 8-2 win Friday over Tacoma.

The Bevos (41-47) play at Tacoma again today and Sunday, each game at 7 p.m.

John Hudgins (1-0, 3.60) makes his second start against Cha Seung Baek (7-4, 3.18) tonight.

Knott had 12 total bases, two RBIs and three runs scored, going 4 for 5 with two triples and a homer for the second time in a game recently - the left fielder also did it June 30.

Outfielder Terrmel Sledge hit his 10th homer, and fourth in the past five games, and starter Tim Stauffer (4-8) broke a four-game losing streak, with six hits and one run allowed in seven innings.

The 6-3, 220-pound Knott has 19 home runs and leads the Pacific Coast League with 63 RBIs.

After the Tacoma series, the Bevos get a chance for rest during the Triple-A all-star break. Third baseman Justin Leone will be playing in the game at Toledo, Ohio, and participating in the home-run hitting contest.