Baseball roundup: Cats fall before home opener

By From page B4 | April 11, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A five-run eighth inning, aided by two Sacramento errors, helped Las Vegas defeat the River Cats, 6-5, in the final game of a season-opening road trip for the Cats.

Michael Taylor hit an early home run and Sacramento was up 5-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.

After a forgettable ending to that contest, the River Cats now return home for Friday night’s home opener. First pitch against Salt Lake is set for 7:05 p.m.

Straily sends Oakland past Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dan Straily pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Sam Fuld hit a rare home run to help the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep over Minnesota with a 6-2 victory on Thursday.

Straily (1-1) gave up one run and struck out five. The Athletics have gone nine straight games to start the season without their starter allowing more than three runs.

Fuld hit just his sixth homer in 738 career plate appearances and singled. Josh Donaldson also hit a two-run homer.

Giants lose to Arizona in 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tony Campana hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, on Thursday.

Cliff Pennington had two RBIs and scored the winning run for the Diamondbacks, who won the final two games of the series. Miguel Montero also drove in two runs for Arizona.

Michael Morse hit a two-run double that gave the Giants the lead, but an error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval allowed the tying run to score in the eighth and San Francisco fell in extra innings to lose their first home series since last August against Boston.

Pennington hit a one-out single off Yusmeiro Petit (0-1) in the 10th and then stole second base on a 2-2 pitch to Campana with two outs. Campana then blooped a single just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Brandon Hicks to score the go-ahead run.

The Associated Press

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