ADELANTO — The Modesto Nuts' 7-0 streak to start the California League's second half came to an end Thursday night, but not without a fight.
The Nuts rallied from a 9-2 deficit but eventually were beaten by the High Desert Mavericks 9-7.
Harold Riggins' 11th homer, a two-run shot, closed the gap to 9-7. But Mavericks reliever Jeremy Dobbs entered the game and retired the final five Modesto batters.
The Nuts' demise was High Desert's six runs in the second inning off starter Tyler Gagnon (4-6). Gagnon allowed five hits that inning, including a two-run single by Jamal Austin and on the next pitch a three-run homer by Patrick Brady.
Modesto chipped away on Trevor Story's RBI single in the fourth, a two-run double by Brian Humphries and an RBI triple by Ryan Casteel in the seventh.