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Nuts lead wire-to-wire as Wells silences Ports

STOCKTON (AP) — Beau Branton hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Modesto Nuts to a 4-1 win over the Stockton Ports on Tuesday.

Evan White scored on the play to give the Nuts a 1-0 lead after he hit a single with two outs and advanced to second on a single by Nick Zammarelli.

After Modesto added a run in the second on a single by Anthony Jimenez, the Ports cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Trace Loehr hit an RBI single, scoring Eric Marinez.

The Nuts later tacked on two runs in the ninth when Jimenez got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Kevin Santa hit an RBI single to secure the victory.

Modesto southpaw Nick Wells (4-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. Opposing starter Xavier Altamirano (3-3) took the tough loss in the California League game after giving up two runs and eight hits over five innings. Collin Kober pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save of the season.