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09/04/2008 2:36 AM ET
Nuts win on miscue in 10th inning
Mayora hit by pitch, ends up scoring decisive run
Mike Paulk reached base twice and drove in a pair of runs in the series opener. (Ken Weisenberger/


Daniel Mayora scored the winning run on an error in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday as the Modesto Nuts edged the Stockton Ports, 6-5, in Game 1 of their best-of-3 California League playoff series.

Mayora was plunked by reliever Sam Demel to open the inning and moved to second on Mike Paulk's sacrifice before Lino Garcia was intentionally walked to set up a double play. Nick Haley hit a grounder to shortstop Joshua Horton, who threw to second baseman Frank Martinez to force Garcia, but the relay was not in time to get Haley at first.

Mayora took a wide turn around third, inducing first baseman Matthew Spencer to fire the ball across the diamond. The throw sailed up the line, allowing Mayora to come home.

Paulk hit a two-run single in the third and Jason Van Kooten homered and scored twice for Modesto.

Jon George (1-0) allowed a single and struck out one in a scoreless 10th for the win. Nuts starter Jhoulys Chacin gave up four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

Demel (0-1) recorded two outs and was charged with an unearned run. Ports starter Scott Mitchinson yielded five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and three walks with one strikeout over 5 1/3 frames.

Cal League Rookie of the Year Chris Carter homered and drove in three runs and Joshua Horton went 3-for-4 with two runs scored twice for Stockton. Box score

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