Shortstop Josh Rutledge and third baseman Nolan Arenado each hit solo home runs in Modesto’s 6-5 win. For both, it was the third home run in four games, and for Arenado it was his 20th home run and 120th RBI.
Tulsa center fielder Tim Wheeler capped a four-run 10th with his 33rd home run, helping lift the Drillers to 13-9 win that also included two home runs by catcher Wilin Rosario.
Colorado Rockies relievers Huston Street and Matt Lindstrom made their second rehab appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, each pitching an inning, while Ryan Spilborghs collected two more hits in his own rehab.
Modesto’s Nolan Arenado followed three straight games with home runs by going 4-for-6 with three RBIs to bring his season total to 108. Arenado has struck out just three times in 70 at-bats in August and 47 times in 461 at-bats all season.
Jason Giambi helped the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to a 7-5 win by going 3-for-3 with three RBI in his latest rehab appearance at Triple-A.
Modesto shortstop Josh Rutledge had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 27 games. Rutledge is hitting .454 with 16 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI in July and August.
Tulsa’s Dan Houston bounced back from a pair of rough starts to pitch a three-hit shutout, walking two and striking out 10 in the process.
Modesto right fielder Kent Matthes hit three home runs and drove in seven while shortstop Josh Rutledge homered for a third consecutive game in a 13-9 win for the Nuts.
Double-A Tulsa combined for seven home runs by seven different hitters Wednesday, including back-to-back-to-back shots by minor-league home run leader Tim Wheeler, Thomas Field and Ben Paulsen in a 17-11 Drillers win.
Colorado Springs second baseman Chris Nelson returned from the disabled list and played for the first time since July 5. He was 2-for-5, with a home run, three RBI and a run in a 7-6 Sky Sox loss.
Modesto’s Chad Bettis allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, walked two and matched a career high in strikeouts with 11 in seven innings. In his past six starts, Bettis is 3-2 with a 1.48 ERA, 27 hits and 43 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings.
Tim Wheeler and Ben Paulsen hit two of Double-A Tulsa’s five home runs, part of a 17-run explosion that included two six-run innings.