STOCKTON — Home runs by Jordan Ribera and Ryan Casteel, combined with a stout bullpen, worked out impressively Thursday night for the Modesto Nuts.
The Nuts shook off an early 3-0 deficit and rallied past the Stockton Ports 8-5 for a good start to their four-game series at Banner Island Ballpark.
Modesto countered the Ports' early lead with four runs on four hits in the second, including Brian Humphries' RBI triple.
The Nuts added in the third on Ribera's second homer of the season after Sam Mende was hit by a pitch.
After Stockton pulled to within 6-5, Modesto responded with Casteel's 2-run shot in the sixth, a drive to left following Trevor Story's single.
Modesto (8-7) overcame a rough outing by starter Tyler Gagnon, who allowed five earned runs in 3ª innings. But to the rescue came relievers Nick Schnaitmann (2-1), Nelson Gonzalez, Kenneth Roberts and Scott Oberg. Together, they blanked Stockton on four hits through 5º innings. Oberg ended the game by striking out the side.
Casteel, the Nuts' catcher, drove in three runs and joined Ribera and Story with two hits each.