WEST SACRAMENTO — The River Cats finally saw their seven-game win streak snapped on Saturday as Tacoma defeated Sacramento, 5-4, in front of a sellout crowd of 14,704 fans at Raley Field.
Center fielder Shane Peterson got things going early for the Cats, smashing a first-inning RBI double to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The Rainiers scored the next five runs of the game, before Sacramento made things interesting in the ninth.
Tyler Ladendorf delivered an RBI-groundout before River Cats third baseman Alden Carrithers hit a two-run single to left, cutting the Tacoma lead down to one. However, Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom struck out Peterson to end the game.
Oakland gets past Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Josh Donaldson also had three RBIs, helping the Athletics overcome starter Scott Kazmir’s ejection in the second inning to beat the Indians, 6-2, on Saturday.
Dan Otero (4-0) relieved Kazmir and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to help seal Oakland’s eighth win in nine games.
Kazmir was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne after the left-hander walked Jesus Aguilar on a borderline full-count pitch with one out in the second.
Marlins blank San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered and tripled to lead Miami past San Francisco, 5-0, on Saturday.
Garrett Jones added an RBI triple, Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a sacrifice fly and Adeiny Hechavarria singled in a run for Miami. The Marlins improved to 11-2 at AT&T Park since 2011.
Tim Lincecum (3-3), coming off his best start of the year with an 11-strikeout performance in a season-high 7 2/3 innings to beat Atlanta on Monday, never found his groove against Miami.