A solid reliever for pretty much the past seven months, Cole DeVries has embraced a new role in Arizona.
The Twins right-hander won for the second time in four starts since transitioning from the bullpen, pitching four innings to extend his scoreless streak to eight as the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs, 5-1, on Friday.
DeVries (2-0) held Mesa to a pair of hits and struck out one without issuing a walk. The 26-year-old has fanned six while allowing only three hits during the shutout streak.
The Mesa bullpen did the rest, limiting the Dogs to one run over the final five innings. Left-hander Cole McCurry struck out the side in the sixth around a two-out double by Brodie Greene (Reds) and fellow Orioles prospect Casey Lambert recorded the last five outs to seal the win.
DeVries made only two starts among 45 appearances between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester this season, going 4-2 with a 3.40 ERA. He's 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings with Mesa.
Cubs prospect D.J. LeMahieu's fielder's choice in the first staked DeVries to a 1-0 lead. The Solar Sox tacked on four runs in the fifth on RBI singles from Xavier Avery (Orioles), Brian Dozier (Twins) and Junior Lake (Cubs) before LeMahieu capped it with an RBI double.
Dozier, Lake and LeMahieu each had two hits.
Phoenix's lone run came in the eighth when Reds prospect Cody Puckett tripled to right and came home on A's farmhand Ryan Ortiz's single off Sean Gleason (Orioles). Yankees second baseman Ronnier Mustelier, batting .389, had the Desert Dogs' only two-hit effort.
A's right-hander Murphy Smith started for Phoenix and was charged with five runs on eight hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings. He threw 69 pitches and suffered his second loss.
Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.