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Back-to-back homers fuel 66ers win

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Julian Leon and David MacKinnon connected on back-to-back homers in the third inning to help lead the Inland Empire 66ers to a 5-0 victory over Modesto Nuts on Friday.

Leon hit a two-run shot before MacKinnon hit a solo shot that gave the 66ers a 3-0 lead.

The 66ers later tacked on a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Leon hit a solo home run, while Richie Fecteau scored on a sacrifice in the sixth.

Leon homered twice, driving home three runs and scoring a couple in the win. MacKinnon homered and singled.

Jorge Tavarez (3-1) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Modesto starter Ljay Newsome (5-8) took the loss in the California League game.

The Nuts were held scoreless for the 11th time this season, while the 66ers’ staff recorded their 12th shutout of the year.

With the win, Inland Empire improved to 5-2 against Modesto this season.