SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Colin Walsh finished 2-for-3 for Sacramento, but the River Cats dropped a series opener in Salt Lake, falling 8-7 Thursday at Smith’s Ballpark.
Daric Barton and Shane Peterson had first-inning RBIs to help the Cats (36-24) take an early 2-0 lead, but the Bees (22-39) scored four times in the bottom of the frame.
Run-scoring singles from Sacramento’s Nick Buss, Andy Parrino, and Nate Freiman gave their team a 6-5 advantage in the fourth but three Salt Lake tallies in the sixth put the Bees ahead to stay.
Yankees stop A’s winning streak
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka tamed the highest-scoring team in the majors and the New York Yankees stopped a four-game skid, beating Oakland, 2-1, Thursday and ending the Athletics’ five-game winning streak.
Facing the A’s for the first time, Tanaka (9-1) got an early jolt when John Jaso homered as the second batter in the game. But that was the only run Tanaka allowed in six innings, and he left with an AL-leading 2.02 ERA.
Bumgarner beats the Reds to clinch series for S.F.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-hander Madison Bumgarner got his career-high sixth straight win, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Reds 6-1 on Thursday afternoon, taking a series in Cincinnati for the first time in five years.
San Francisco moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with its 11th win in 14 games. The Giants have the best record in the majors at 39-21.
Bumgarner (8-3) gave up three hits in eight innings, including Todd Frazier’s homer, and retired the last 16 batters he faced. He’s 6-0 in his last seven starts, the best such streak of his career.
Michael Morse hit a two-run homer, and Brandon Crawford broke out of a slump with a three-run shot off Mike Leake (3-5), who had overwhelmed the Giants the last four times he faced them.