Joe Gardner, the least-talked-about pitcher in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, won for the third consecutive time at Tulsa. Since joining the Colorado Rockies organization, Gardner is 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in five starts.
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.
Double-A Tulsa catcher Wilin Rosario reached base five times, going 2-for-2 with two home runs, three walks, three RBI and three runs scored in the Drillers’ 7-6, 11-inning win.
Tri-City first baseman Jordan Ribera was 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in a 12-2 win for the Dust Devils. Ribera, a 21st-round pick in June, is hitting .322 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 23 games.
In his first start at Colorado Springs since being optioned on Monday, Clayton Mortensen allowed nine runs in three innings and was on the losing end of an 18-13 slugfest Wednesday.
Modesto third baseman Nolan Arenado followed up Monday’s two-homer night by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 9-4 Nuts loss.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored in a 12-3 Modesto win. In his past 10 games, Arenado is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with three home runs, four doubles and 18 RBI.
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.
High Class-A Modesto unloaded for 17 runs Friday with seven- and six-run innings and led by Kent Matthes and Josh Rutledge, who had four RBI each.
Modesto’s Chad Bettis allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out eight in seven innings to pick up his fifth win, aided in part by third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Ian Stewart hit a pair of home runs for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in an 11-10 win Sunday at Salt Lake. Stewart was 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored and is 6-for-13 with nine RBI in his past three games.
Starting pitcher Dan Houston threw six shutout innings, allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five in a 2-0 win at Double-A Tulsa. It was Houston’s first start since being promoted from Modesto, where he was 7-1 with a 2.53 ERA.