The Modesto Nuts worked overtime Tuesday night to snap their three-game losing streak.
An unearned run in the 13th carried Modesto to a hard-fought 6-5 win over the San Jose Giants in a game that took 4 hours, 31 minutes, to finish at Municipal Stadium.
Harold Riggins (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) plated the winning run from second base when San Jose second baseman Bobby Haney fielded Juan Crousset’s ground ball in shallow right field and threw wild to first base. Riggins had walked and advanced on a wild pitch.
The unearned run off reliever Bryce Bandilla (0-1) marked the fifth time Modesto gained the lead.
Geoff Parker (1-1) gave up a walk in the 13th but eventually induced Mac Williamson’s game-ending 5-4-3 double play. Parker, the Nuts’ seventh pitcher of the game, also doused a threat in the 12th with a double play.
Modesto (9-10), five games behind San Jose (13-6) in the California League’s North Division entering the game, did not trail. But putting away the Giants proved difficult.
Riggins’ solo home run to center gave the Nuts a 5-4 lead in the 10th, but San Jose answered. Reliever Kenny Roberts, one strike away from the win, yielded an RBI single to center by Kelby Tomlinson. The run was set up by a Nuts error. Modesto also let a 4-2 lead slip away in the eighth. Haney’s single off Scott Oberg drew San Jose even 4-4.
The wild game was the first of six straight this week between Modesto and San Jose. The teams meet tonight and Thursday in the South Bay before coming to Thurman Field for three starting Friday night.