Baseball roundup: Cats fall in rain-shortened contest

By From page B2 | April 22, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. — Rain and wind caused Monday’s game at Tacoma to be called before Sacramento could come back and the River Cats fell to the Rainiers, 8-5, in seven innings.

Cats left fielder Jake Goebbert, who also homered Sunday, blasted two more on Monday, the first giving his team a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Tacoma, however, showed some power of its own, using back-to-back home runs in the third to take an advantage it would not relinquish.

Sacramento (11-8) is back at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday for a 6:05 p.m. contest between the top two teams in the PCL’s Pacific North Division.

Rangers edge A’s

Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, on Monday night.

Sean Doolittle (0-1) allowed a leadoff double to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland sacrificed him to third before Murphy’s hit. Murphy and Kouzmanoff are both former A’s players.

Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A’s went ahead 3-0 in the second, but they couldn’t hold the lead.

Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and Monday’s loss was just its second in nine games.

Colorado rocks Giants

Charlie Blackmon hit two of Colorado’s five homers and Jorge De La Rosa threw five efficient innings, lifting the Rockies to an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Nolan Arenado, Wilin Rosario and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who’ve won four of the last five. It was Blackmon’s first multihomer game of his career.

Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) never got on track and was pulled after 1 1/3 innings, his shortest start with the Giants. He surrendered five runs and six hits, including three homers.

Down 5-0 in the third inning, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs for Buster Posey, but the star catcher grounded into a double play, bringing home just one run.

Staff and wire reports

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