Veteran John Ely struck out seven and allowed an unearned run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings to earn his fifth win as Albuquerque bested Iowa, 3-1. Josh Bard drove in two runs and Jerry Sands was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Isotopes. Brooks Rayley took the loss despite fanning eight over five innings for the Cubs.
Brendan Harris had four hits, including three doubles, and drove in five runs as Colorado Springs routed Tacoma, 9-1. Alex White, a first-round pick in 2009, allowed four hits over seven shutout innings for his second win and Tim Wheeler, the Rockies' No. 5 prospect, had two hits and scored twice out of the leadoff spot for the Sky Sox, who have won six straight games. Nick Franklin, Seattle's No. 3 prospect, plated the Rainiers' lone run with an RBI single.
Leadoff hitter Kevin Mattison was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, as New Orleans rallied past Nashville, 7-4. Nick Green raised his average to .349 with a pair of singles and drove in two runs while Ryan Webb was credited with his first win after tossing two shutout innings of relief for the Zephyrs. Sean Halton homered twice and drove in three runs for the Sounds.
Wil Myers, the Royals' No. 2 prospect, slugged a two-run homer as Omaha beat Round Rock, 4-1. Irving Falu doubled home a pair of runs and Ryan Verdugo improved to 7-2 after fanning eight while allowing a run on four hits over six innings for the Storm Chasers. Brad Nelson went yard for the 17th time this season for the Express.
Daniel Straily fanned nine and allowed three hits over six innings as Sacramento blanked Tucson, 6-0. Jermaine Mitchell tripled and plated two runs while River Cats catcher Anthony Recker was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Andy Parrino had two of the Padres' three hits in the loss.
Matt Shoemaker collected his eighth win after allowing seven hits over 7 1/3 innings as Salt Lake held on to defeat Fresno, 1-0. Chris Iannetta singled and scored a run in a rehab start while Andrew Romine was 3-for-4 for the Bees. Andrew Kown took the loss after allowing a run on six hits over six innings for the Grizzlies.
Moises Sierra, the Blue Jays' No. 15 prospect, was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as Las Vegas routed Reno, 12-4. Eric Thames went yard and had two RBIs while David Cooper had two hits and scored twice for the 51s. Mike Jacobs hit a solo homer for the Aces.
In the International League, Matt Pagnozzi homered twice and plated five runs and Vinny Rottino went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs as Columbus edged Lehigh Valley in a slugfest, 14-9. Jason Donald doubled twice and scored three times for the Clippers. Andres Blanco provided a grand slam for the IronPigs.
Brandon Boggs finally broke a tie in the 14th inning with a double to score Eric Fyer to give Indianapolis a 2-1 win over Toledo. No. 3 Pirates prospect Starling Marte doubled and drove in the Indians' other run and starter Jeff Locke surrendered a run on four hits and seven walks while striking out nine over five innings without factoring into the decision. Adam Wilk allowed one run on four hits and four walks with seven punchouts over seven frames, also without factoring into the decision for the Mud Hens. Andy Ciriaco homered for their lone run.
No. 6 Orioles prospect Xavier Avery went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and his seventh homer of the year to pace Norfolk in a 6-1 defeat of Syracuse. Luis Exposito also homered and Lew Ford doubled twice for the Tides. Steve Johnson (4-6) earned the win, scattering one run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings. Carlos Rivera led the Chiefs, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Pedro Hernandez (1-0), making his Triple-A debut, surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings to pitch Charlotte to a 9-6 win over Buffalo. Jim Gallagher homered and plated four runs for the Knights, while Zach Lutz homered and doubled for the Bisons.
Andy LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Billy Buckner (2-5) allowed just one unearned run on four hits and a walk while fanning five over seven innings to lead Pawtucket in an 8-1 win over Louisville. No. 4 Reds prospect Didi Gregorius led the Bats, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Ryan Reid, Josh Lueke, Adam Liberatore and Dane De La Rosa combined for a four-hit shutout as Durham topped Rochester, 4-0. Lueke (1-3) earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out four over three innings. Nevin Ashley provided a two-run homer for the Bulls. Liam Hendriks (7-1) took the loss for the Red Wings, despite allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six innings.
Felix Pie hit a three-run shot and Ruben Gotay added a pair of RBIs to push Gwinnett past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 10-6. Chris Dickerson and Brandon Laird homered in the loss for the Yankees.