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San Jose tags Modesto pitching for nine runs

There was little pop in Modesto's bats Saturday.

Host San Jose beat the Nuts 9-3 on the the strength of 12 hits, four by Brett Pill, while Modesto managed just three hits against Giants starter Nick Pereira.

Pereira pitched 6ª innings with four strikeouts, leaving the game after Jay Cox singled and Jason Van Kooten drew a walk.

Nuts starter Esmil Rogers (8-7) was relieved after four innings after giving up five hits and striking out four. San Jose led 3-0 when James Burok entered the game. He gave up four earned runs on three hits in San Jose's four-run fifth.

Cox had a hand in all of Modesto's scoring. He had two hits and drove in two runs. Michael McKenry doubled to lead off the second inning, advanced on a Matt Repec sacrifice bunt and scored on a Cox groundout to short.

Cox doubled to right field in the fourth, bringing home Mike Paulk, who reached on an error. In the seventh, Cox singled and scored on a groundout by Radames Nazario.

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