Through their first 14 games, the Modesto Nuts had not won when they trailed after seven innings.
That ended Friday night.
The Nuts struck for four runs in the ninth, assisted by two San Jose Giants throwing errors, for a 4-1 California League win.
Roberto Ramos ignited the rally with a leadoff double to deep right and scored the tying run on Drew Weeks’ single. Weeks, who advanced to second on an error, raced home when San Jose closer Rodolfo Martinez (0-1) threw poorly to first after fielding Wes Rogers’ sacrifice.
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After Shane Hoelscher’s sacrifice, Modesto tacked on insurance runs on Max White’s sacrifice fly and Forrest Wall’s single.
4 Runs scored in ninth by Modesto to beat Giants
Jerry Vasto picked up his third save, capped by a game-ending strikeout of Brandon Bednar with two on base.
The Nuts (7-8) nearly wasted solid outings on the mound by starter Ryan Castellani and reliever Helmis Rodriguez (1-0). Castellani struck out eight in five innings but gave up a run in the fifth on Ronnie Jebavy’s two-out RBI double. Rodriguez earned the win by striking out three in three hitless innings.
Ramos doubled twice in four at-bats to highlight Modesto’s six-hit attack.
The Nuts and Giants (6-7) have split the first two games of the four-game series.