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Suns' Jensen homers in fifth straight
08/25/2012 1:17 AM ET
It's safe to say that Southern League pitchers are not relishing the thought of facing Jacksonville's Kyle Jensen.

The Marlins' No. 17 prospect homered in his fifth consecutive game Friday, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning to power the Double-A Suns to a 6-2 win over Montgomery.

Jensen arrived in Montgomery on a tear after abusing Birmingham pitching for four homers, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored as Jacksonville took four of five games.

The 24-year-old right fielder's buoyed the Suns again against the Biscuits, snapping a 2-2 tie with his first career grand slam. Kyle Skipworth, Miami's No. 16 prospect, preceded Jensen's blast by drawing a two-out walk with runners at second and third.

"We had a good [at-bat] by Kyle Skipworth," Jensen said. "There was an open base and he got walked, then I came up with two outs and I just wanted to put the ball in play, get a pitch I could hit. I got one on the first pitch and I executed."

Having a fellow power hitter like Skipworth -- who hit his 20th homer in the opening inning -- in the middle of the order with him has benefited both players.

"It's good to have guys around you that produce," said Jensen, who leads the team with 23 homers. "If [Skipworth] gets a big hit, you go out there with confidence and a lot of times you'll get a big hit, too. We kind of feed off each other."

Jensen also doubled in his third straight multi-hit contest to extend his hitting streak to eight games (12-for-29). He ranks third in the Southern League in homers and RBIs (75).

"I've always been a power hitter," said Jensen, the Marlins' 12th-round pick in 2009. "[I'm] mainly just trying to score runs and drive in runs. What it comes down to is just helping the team. And putting runs up on the board is my job to do."

The St. Mary's College product is batting just .218 and has struck out 157 times, the third-highest total in all of Double-A, but he's hitting at a .361 clip over his last 10 games with an off-the-charts 1.495 OPS.

"Mainly, I was just relaxed in the box," Jensen said of his recent success. "I went up there with a plan of getting the pitch I wanted to hit and I got it. I was able to drive the ball, and I think going up there with a plan really helped out."

Jacksonville starter Jose Alvarez (6-8) -- the Marlins' No. 20 prospect -- was touched for 10 hits over seven innings but yielded only two runs to earn the win.

Merrill Kelly (7-3) allowed four runs on three hits over five frames for the Biscuits, who got three hits and an RBI from Major League veteran Ryan Garko.



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