5/24 Sunday’s Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up seven runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks over four innings in Iowa’s 16-7 loss to Tucson. Jonathon Mota hit his second homer and drove in two runs and Tyler Colvin was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle with three hits and one RBI.

Wells said the outing was a success.

“No matter how much you want to win or pitch well, you’ve got a job to do and that’s to get healthy and get back in game shape,” he told the Des Moines Register after Sunday’s game. “And that’s what these games are all about, is to get back out there, with the intensity, and make pitches. If I can’t locate fastballs, then it doesn’t matter how good the changeup is. And the sinker is going to be there for me. It really wasn’t today but hopefully next time it is.

“It was a good test,” he said. “I tried not to get frustrated. I think I’m close, so we’ll see.”

The Cubs hoped that Wells would pass all the tests so he could be inserted into the rotation for the upcoming series against the Pirates.

* Rob Whitenack gave up two runs on eight hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-2 win over Mobile. It was the Smokies’ sixth straight win. Ryan Flaherty homered to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He also had three RBIs. DJ LeMahieu had three hits.

* Jeff Lorick gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-4 win over St. Lucie. Junior Lake had three hits, including his fourth homer, and two rBIs. Evan Crawford had four hits and one RBI.

* Austin Kirk celebrated his 21st birthday with a win. He gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in Peoria’s 8-3 win over Clinton. Ryan Cuneo and Richard Jones each homered.

— Carrie Muskat

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