W – Hunter (2-2)
HR – Cruz (36), Roberts (7, 8)
61-47, 10.0 GU
Second baseman Ryan Roberts (.281/.389/.438) took Josh Towers deep twice – in the second inning alone. Roberts smoked a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the inning before hitting a grand slam his second time up. The UT-Arlington product had seven RBIs in the frame.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz didn't have a bad game himself, going 3-for-5 with a homer and four runs batted in. The home run was his 36th overall and 10th in his last nine games.
Starting pitcher Tommy Hunter got a win and a quality start, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Chris Shelton (1/3, 2B, 3 BB), John Mayberry (2/5, 2B) and Taylor Teagarden (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled.
DH Nate Gold (2/6) and third baseman Travis Metcalf (2/4, 2 BB) both singled twice.
Wildly inconsistent Kea Kometani had his monthly rough outing on Saturday, as he coughed up five runs in one inning of work.
L – Lee (1-3)
HR – Andrus (2)
22-13, 2.5 GU
Starting pitcher Derek Lee was chased after allowing seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Beau Jones came on in relief and was impressive in his first Double-A appearance. The left-hander went 2 2/3 innings, giving up no runs on one hit. He struck out three without issuing a walk.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus (.342/.386/.418 in July) was 3-for-3 with a solo home run, his second of the season. Andrus also stole two bases to give him 40 for the year.
Right fielder Steve Murphy was 1-for-4 with his seventh triple.
L – Roark (1-1)
HR – Gac (6), Lemon (6), Pina (3)
15-21, 7.5 GB
Manny Pina (.259/.305/.350) flashed both his arm and bat in his second game back from the disabled list. The backstop was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer at the plate. Pina also gunned down Ports first baseman Matt Spencer at first base.
Starting pitcher Tanner Roark allowed four runs – two earned – on five hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Ian Gac (2/5, 2B, HR) and Marcus Lemon (3/5, HR) both hit solo home runs.
Third baseman John Whittleman was 0-for-2 with three walks.
W – Santana (3-2)
SV – Flores (9)
HR – Greene (17, 18)
17-18, 4.0 GB
Michael Main (2.31 ERA/.298 BAA in three starts) returned from the disabled list [blister] and threw five innings. He yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. He struck out four batters.
DH Jonathan Greene (.245/.358/.465) went 3-for-4 with two homers and four runs batted in. It was Greene's fourth consecutive game with multiple hits. He now sits just four home runs shy of tying the LumberKings franchise single-season home run mark.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre doubled, walked, and stole his 18th base.
W – Gutsie (2-0)
SV – Brader (3)
29-10, 5.0 GU
Carlos Pimentel (4.37 ERA/.211 BAA) allowed two runs in four innings. He gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out four.
Left fielder Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) doubled for Spokane's only extra-base hit. He also stole his second base.
Second baseman Jason Ogata (2/3, BB) and shortstop Ed Koncel (2/2, BB) both singled twice and walked once.
Relievers Justin Gutsie and Justin Miller both hurled two innings of shutout ball.
Dustin Brader earned his third save with a scoreless inning.
L – Eppley (0-1)
HR – Barto (3)
17-10, 3.0 GB
Hector Nelo put the Rangers in an earl hole, as he allowed five runs – three earned – on five hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 innings.
Relief pitchers Eric Evans (3.86 ERA/.297 BAA) and Justin King (1.80 ERA/.146 BAA) helped to keep the Rangers in the game. Evans went 2 2/3 shutout innings while King didn't allow a hit in three frames.
Designated hitter Aja Barto (.333/.434/.600 in 12 July games) was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Eleven of Barto's first 19 professional hits have gone for extra bases.
Cody Podraza (2/5, 2B) and Lejuan Hill (3/4, 2B) both doubled.
30-17, 4.0 GB
The DSL was off on Saturday.
19-28, 15.0 GB
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