Bakersfield found all the right spots on Wednesday.
The host Blaze beat the Modesto Nuts 2-1 as pitcher Zachary Phillips gave up just two hits in seven innings. Bakersfield stranded eight runners, but got timely hitting early in the game.
Julio Borbon doubled to start the bottom half of the first inning and scored on a Grant Gerrard single. Bakersfield scored in the fourth when Mauro Gomez hit a two-out double and scored on Truan Mehl's base hit.
Aneury Rodriguez scattered nine hits in 6 2/3 innings for the Nuts. Modesto managed to avoid a shutout by scoring in the top of the ninth inning.
Cole Garner reached on an error, advanced to third on Michael McKenry's double, and scored on a ground out.