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Faria fans season-high 13 for Durham

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Jacob Faria couldn't escape the fifth inning in his start for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday night, though it didn't detract from what was a remarkable performance by the Rays' No. 9 prospect.

Faria, 23, struck out a season-high 13 over 4 2/3 innings in the Bulls' 13-9 loss to Columbus in 11 innings. He threw a season-high 108 pitches in the outing, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.

Jacob Faria couldn't escape the fifth inning in his start for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday night, though it didn't detract from what was a remarkable performance by the Rays' No. 9 prospect.

Faria, 23, struck out a season-high 13 over 4 2/3 innings in the Bulls' 13-9 loss to Columbus in 11 innings. He threw a season-high 108 pitches in the outing, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.

Faria's 13th strikeout

Faria struck out the side three times en route to his second double-digit strikeout performance in his past three starts, and he's now accomplished the feat five times since the start of the 2015 season.

Faria stranded a runner on second base in each of the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when former Durham teammate Richie Shaffer connected on a three-run homer with one out to give Columbus the lead and chase Faria from the game.

Overall, Faria is 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA in seven starts this season, and he leads all International League hurlers with 58 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings (14.4 K/9) after Wednesday's performance.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Wednesday

No. 32 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (Yankees' No. 3) tripled in his first two at-bats before finishing 4-for-5 in Class A Charleston's win over Hickory. It was the third career four-hit game for the 20-year-old outfielder, who also scored a pair of runs and tallied three RBIs. 

• Only a bee sting could keep No. 41 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 2) from picking up his fourth win for Class A Advanced Bradenton. The 21-year-old carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning before permitting a two-out knock and then loading the bases on a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Keller would depart the game before the next batter, after being stung on his arm. He struck out four and walked two in 4 2/3 scoreless innings, and he's now posted 18 1/3 straight scoreless frames over his past three starts.

"It definitely surprised me and stung pretty good," Keller told MiLB.com. "I don't ever remember being stung before in my life."

• No. 56 overall prospect Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays' No. 2) tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits, in his best start of the season for Double-A New Hampshire. The 2014 second-rounder recorded a season-high seven strikeouts in the outing, which also marked the first time in seven turns where Reid-Foley did not issue a walk.

• No. 92 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 7) made headlines on Tuesday by homering in his first at-bat and going 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Double-A Mississippi. The 19-year-old outfielder, the youngest player in the Southern League, did it all over again on Wednesday, homering in his first at-bat and collecting three hits for a second straight game. Acuna was promoted to Mississippi after he batted .287/.336/.478 with 11 extra-base hits and 14 steals in 28 games for Class A Advanced Florida.

Acuna goes deep again

• Make it 20 straight games with a hit for Jake Gatewood. The Brewers' No. 25 prospect extended his streak by going 1-for-3 in both games of Class A Advanced Carolina's doubleheader sweep of Lynchburg. The 21-year-old finally appears to translating his talent into production this season, as he's now hitting .328/.420/.546 with 16 extra-base hits -- and more walks (19) than he accumulated last season (18) in 126 games -- through 33 games.

Cardinals' No. 24 prospect Zac Gallen's impressive first full season continued on Wednesday as he paced Class A Advanced Palm Beach in a shutout of Fort Myers. The 21-year-old righty worked six scoreless innings, scattering five hits and matching his career high with nine strikeouts while throwing 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes. A third-round pick last June out of North Carolina, Gallen has been a standout in the Cardinals' system this season, posting a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a 45-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 innings (six starts).

Marlins' No. 10 prospect James Nelson stayed red hot by going 3-for-5 with his second home run, a two-run shot, and three runs scored for Class A Greensboro. It was the 19-year-old third baseman's seventh multi-hit performance in the past 10 games, during which he's batting .425 with 17 hits.

Phillies' No. 9 prospect Dylan Cozens walked it off for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a booming home run to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning. The homer was Cozens' sixth and capped a 3-for-5 night at the plate, though the hulking 22-year-old outfielder is hitting just .196 for the season.

Cozens blasts walk-off homer

• Phillies No. 26 prospect JoJo Romero established a pair of career highs as he struck out eight batters in eight scoreless innings in a stellar outing for Class A Lakewood. The left-hander yielded one hit -- a one-out double in the bottom of the second -- and induced groundballs for 12 of his 24 outs, ultimately throwing 93 pitches (58 strikes). Romero owns a 1.26 ERA over his last 28 2/3 frames (five starts) after he was tagged for four runs in four innings in his season debut.

Romero spins a gem

• Pirates No. 26 prospect Tyler Eppler tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with a career-best eight strikeouts to lead Triple-A Indianapolis past Charlotte, 1-0. He's 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA in six starts, each of which he's completed at least five innings.

Reds' No. 6 prospect Luis Castillo's ERA sits at 3.00 after he allowed five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Double-A Pensacola. The hard-throwing 24-year-old righty punched out a career-high 10 batters without issuing a walk, giving him a 36-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 39 innings (seven starts) this season.

Watch: Castillo notches 10th K

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.