Omar Poveda (4-1) scattered one run on five hits and two walks while fanning seven over six innings to pitch New Orleans to a 2-1 win over Fresno. Shawn Bowman and Chase Lambin homered for the Zephyrs. Eric Hacker (12-6) took the tough-luck loss for the Grizzlies, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six frames.
Leonys Martin fell a double short of the cycle, scoring three times and driving in two, as Round Rock topped Colorado Springs, 11-6. Ryan Spilborgs went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run for the Express. Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs for the Sky Sox.
No. 20 Angels prospect Efren Navarro hit a sacrifice fly to score No. 2 Los Angeles prospect Kaleb Cowart in the top of the 12th as Salt Lake edged Nashville, 5-4. Calhoun finished 4-for-6 with two doubles and two runs for the Bees and Luis Jimenez went 3-for-6. No. 5 Brewers prospect Tyler Thornburg allowed just one unearned run on six hits without any walks and five strikeouts over five innings without factoring into the decision for the Sounds.
Luis Antonio Jimenez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs and Justin Smoak added a double, a single and an RBI to power Tacoma past Memphis, 6-4. Hector Noesi (1-4) picked up the win for the Rainiers, surrendering four runs on seven hits without any walks while striking out two over six innings. Eugenio Velez and Lance Zawadzki tripled for the Redbirds.
John Ely (13-7) scattered two runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six innings as Albuquerque topped Reno, 5-3. Ivan De Jesus doubled and plated two runs for the Isotopes. Tyler Bortnick went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Aces.
Both Brian Bocock and Tuffy Gosewich fell a homer short of the cycle and Chris Woodward doubled and drove in three runs as Las Vegas beat Iowa, 14-7. Bocock picked up two RBIs and Gosewich plated one for the 51s. Tony Campana went 3-for-4 with three runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot for the Cubs.
Ryan Verdugo (10-3) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six frames to lead Omaha over Tucson, 5-2. No. 2 Royals prospect Wil Myers and Max Ramirez each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Storm Chasers. Jesus Merchan led the Padres with a double, a single and a run.
In the International League, Tyler Cloyd became the Minors' first 15-game winner of 2012 after allowing three runs on six hits over six innings in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' 5-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings. Third baseman Pete Orr went 4-for-4 with his second homer of the year, while catcher Sebastian Valle was 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the victory. Rochester center fielder Clete Thomas recorded a pair of RBI doubles in the loss.
Charlotte starter Hector Santiago scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first Triple-A win of the year as the Knights blanked the Norfolk Tides, 6-0. The former Major League reliever struck out five batters and has not allowed a run in 14 2/3 frames over his three International League starts. Designated hitter Dan Johnson and backstop Josh Phegley each homered in the triumph. Norfolk's Zach Britton, who walked four batters and uncorked two wild pitches, surrendered six runs over 3 2/3 innings in slipping to 4-2 on the year.
Toledo's Adam Wilk allowed five runs -- one earned -- over five innings, but the Mud Hens rallied to beat the Durham Bulls, 7-5. Toledo left fielder Jerad Head was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored, and catcher Brad Davis drove home two runs to snap a 5-5 tie with a two-out double to left field in the bottom of the eighth. Durham shortstop Reid Brignac and right fielder Jesus Feliciano both went 2-for-4, while left fielder Chris Gimenez recorded two RBIs to bring his season total to 36.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre third baseman Kevin Russo plated three runs with a bases-clearing double, and second baseman Ramiro Pena reached base four times and recorded two RBIs in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the host Syracuse Chiefs. Former big leaguer Cory Wade recorded his third save in 11 games, despite allowing three runs over the final 2 1/3 innings. Jim Negrych hit a three-run pinch-hit home run for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, while catcher Sandy Leon connected on his first longball since joining the Chiefs.
Red Sox starter Chris Hernandez struck out a season-high seven batters over six innings and he retired the final 13 Bisons he faced as Pawtucket beat Buffalo, 5-1. Pawtucket's designated hitter Mauro Gomez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, and third baseman Andy LaRoche homered and doubled in the victory. Buffalo farmhand Collin McHugh allowed one run over 5 2/3 frames, but he did not factor in the decision. Pedro Beato gave up four runs in the seventh to fall to 4-4.
The first six batters in the Gwinnett lineup had multi-hit days in the Braves' 11-7 win over Louisville. No. 5 hitter Terry Tiffee went 4-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Luis Durango was a perfect 4-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI while Jose Yepez was 2-for-3 with a triple and led all hitters with three RBIs. For the Bats, Felix Perez went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, and Henry Rodriguez contributed a 4-for-5 showing with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.