Darren Dreifort, the top draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, made his Triple-A pitching debut a winning one Friday night in the Albuquerque Dukes' 8-4 win over Salt Lake in the Pacific Coast League.
Dreifort (1-0) pitched 6 1-3 innings and gave up four runs and eight hits. He struck out three and walked three.Dreifort was 3-1 at Double-A San Antonio before being called up by the Dukes. He started the year with Los Angeles and was sent down early in the season.
Albuquerque backed him with 12 hits, including four by Reggie Williams. The win was the seventh in the last eight games for the Dukes.
Jerry Brooks drove in three runs for the Dukes and Ron Coomer hit a two-run homer in a four-run fourth inning.
Eddie Guardado (11-7) took the loss for Minnesota's Triple-A team.