L – Ramirez (9-4)
HR – Cruz (27)
56-44, 9.0 GU
Nelson Cruz's second half started much like his first, as he was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. The round-tripper was his 27th of the season.
Centerfielder Jason Ellison (2/4, BB) also had two hits.
Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez was burned by three home runs in six innings pitched. He gave up five runs – three earned – on three hits, walking three and punching out two.
Third baseman Travis Metcalf and catcher Kevin Richardson were both 1-for-4 with a double.
Relief pitchers Kazuo Fukumori, Brandon Puffer and Bill White all tossed a scoreless inning. Puffer and White struck out two batters apiece.
W – Feliz (2-0)
SV – Garr (5)
18-9, 4.0 GU
Neftali Feliz (2.65 ERA/.193 BAA in 17 Double-A innings) was dominant on Friday, tossing six innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He walked two batters and struck out eight.
Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.311/.338/.432) singled three times in four at-bats.
Elvis Andrus (1/3, BB) and Corey Ragsdale (1/3, BB) both singled and walked. Andrus stole two bases, giving him 37 on the season.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo was 1-for-3 with a run batted in. He also had a sacrifice bunt.
J.B. Diaz (0.00 ERA/.065 BAA) pitched a perfect inning. He's allowed just two hits in 10 Double-A innings.
Right-hander Brennan Garr struck out four batters while surrendering one run in two innings. He picked up his fifth save of the season.
L – Reed (5-5)
10-18, 8.0 GB
The Blaze fell in an early hole on Friday when Evan Reed gave up nine runs in the game's first two innings.
Reed ended up allowing nine runs in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (.303/.399/.437) was 4-for-5 with a double, his 16th of the year.
Chris Gradoville (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice in four trips while Ian Gac (1/3, 2B) doubled once.
Third baseman John Whittleman (.248/.361/.386) was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs batted in.
Chad Tracy was 0-for-3, but he drew two free passes.
Left-handed reliever Beau Jones ran into control problems, walking four batters in 1 2/3 innings. He was able to limit Modesto to one unearned one on one hit. He struck out two.
L – Ueno (3-2)
HR – Moreland (10)
13-15, 6.0 GB
Michael Kirkman (3.15 ERA/.242 BAA) gave his team seven strong innings, yielding three runs. He allowed seven hits while walking two and striking out two.
First baseman Mitch Moreland (.321/.391/.532) was 2-for-4 with a home run – his tenth – and two RBI.
DH Cristian Santana (.346/.414/.558 in July) singled three times in four at-bats.
Right-hander Chris Dennis struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.
W – Schlecht (3-1)
SV – Brader (1)
24-7, 5.0 GU
Glenn Swanson was outstanding in his rehab start, tossing five innings of scoreless ball. He allowed just two singles, walked none, and struck out four.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two singles in five at-bats. He drove in three runs. Paisano is now batting .293 for the year with the Indians.
Third baseman Matt West (2/4, 2B) doubled for the second consecutive night while Tim Rodriguez (2/4) singled twice.
First baseman Justin Pickett and shortstop Ed Koncel both went 1-for-3 with a walk. Koncel had two RBI.
Reliever Ryan Schlecht (1.40 ERA/.175 BAA) struck out one batter in two hitless innings. He picked up his third professional win in four decisions.
W – Wilkins (1-0)
SV – Eppley (4)
12-9, 3.0 GB
Right-hander Kyle Ocampo (3.50 ERA/.206 BAA) gave the Rangers five strong innings on Friday. He surrendered one run on two hits, walking one and striking out five.
Adam Cobb (2/5, 2B) and Erik Morrison (2/4, 2B) both singled and doubled in the game. Cobb drive in two while Morrison had three RBIs.
Right fielder Jairo Valdez (.279/.326/.442) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Left fielder Jamie McGraw (3/4) singled three times and catcher Kevin Torres (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked.
Bobby Wilkins earned the victory after allowing one run in two innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Southpaw hurler Cody Eppley (1.00 ERA/.125 BAA) struck out two batters in 1 1/3 hitless frames. He earned his fourth save of the year.
L – Caraballo (1-1)
25-16, 3.0 GB
Miguel Munoz scattered five singles and a walk in six scoreless innings on Friday. He struck out five batters.
Right fielder Juan Polanco singled twice in four at-bats. He was the only DSL Ranger with multiple hits.
Kelvin Arrendell struck out two batters in two shutout innings of relief.
L – Borjas (2-5)
16-25, 12.0 GB
Kelvin Borjas saw his ERA balloon to 6.10 when he coughed up nine runs – seven earned – on nine hits in just 2 2/3 innings.
The Rangers scored seven runs on five hits thanks in part to six Braves errors. The Braves also issued 13 walks in the contest.
Second baseman Domingo Del Rosario (2/5, BB) was the only player with multiple hits.
Reliever Cristian Zapata shined with 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. He surrendered one hit while walking two and punching out three.
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