STOCKTON — The Modesto Nuts celebrated a very happy Fourth of July.
Starting pitcher Dan Winkler struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings and three hitters had home runs to help the Nuts beat the Stockton Ports 5-4 in their series opener.
David Kandilas started the game with a home run to left field. Jared Simon hit a two-run homer, followed by Will Swanner's solo drive in the Nuts' three-run eighth inning. Tyler Massey singled to drive in Modesto's other run in the fifth, scoring Jose Rivera who reached on an error.
Nuts reliever Dan Oberg shut down a Ports threat in the eighth inning. He replaced reliever Kraig Sitton with no outs and runners on first and third. Oberg and catcher Swanner combined for a strike-'em-out, throw-'em out double play.
Oberg stuck out Addison Russell, and Swanner picked off Myrio Richard at second after Russell's final swing. Oberg got out of the inning by striking out Max Muncy.
Nuts pitcher Kenneth Roberts struck out the side in the ninth to preserve Modesto's victory.