ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The top third of the River Cats lineup combined to go 6-for-12 with five runs, five RBIs, three walks and a home run to lead Sacramento past host Albuquerque, 8-7, on Wednesday at Isotopes Park.
In snapping a five-game skid, the Cats took a first-inning lead on a two-run single by Michael Taylor.
Though the Isotopes didn’t go quietly, Sacramento went ahead for good on Tyler Kadendorf’s two-run homer in the sixth, his first of the season.
Alden Carrithers went 2-for-2 with three runs, two RBIs, two steals and three walks in the win, while Shane Peterson finished 3-for-5 with a run, a steal and an RBI.
A’s win nightcap to split with Seattle
OAKLAND (AP) — Fill-in starter Drew Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings for his second win in his past 20 starts and the Oakland A’s salvaged a split of a doubleheader by beating Seattle, 2-0, in Game 2.
In the opener, the Mariners overcame a shaky start from ace Felix Hernandez to win 6-4 on Justin Smoak’s two-out single in the 10th inning.
Yoenis Cespedes homered in the nightcap as the A’s snapped a six-game home losing streak.
Pomeranz (2-1) was sharp in his first major league start since last July, allowing two hits and no walks. Jim Johnson got his second save and first since losing the closer’s job a month ago.
Pirates hold off visiting Giants
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole won for the first time in nearly a month as Pittsburgh beat San Francisco, 4-3.
Cole (3-2) outpitched Tim Lincecum (2-2) for the second time in his 11-month major league career.
Brandon Belt hit his ninth homer and drove in all three runs for the Giants.