WEST SACRAMENTO — The visitors dominated for the second straight day as Tacoma came into Raley Field and beat the Sacramento River Cats, 8-0, on Wednesday.
The Rainiers went ahead in the top of the first inning — on James Jones’ two-run homer — and that was all right-hander Jordan Pries and the Tacoma bullpen needed.
Pries threw six shutout innings and the Cats had just three hits in the game, one each from Kent Mattes, Nate Freiman and Michael Taylor.
The squads are back at it Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
A’s pound Rangers to complete sweep
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jesse Chavez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, Eric Sogard matched his season total with three RBIs on Wednesday and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep with a 12-1 rout of the sloppy Texas Rangers.
Yoenis Cespedes had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs for the A’s, who scored 10 runs combined in the third and fourth innings to answer a three-game sweep by the Rangers in Oakland last week.
The Rangers matched a season high with four errors, including one of two by shortstop Elvis Andrus on what could have been an inning-ending double play in Oakland’s seven-run third.
Chavez (2-0) walked one and struck out eight, allowing only Prince Fielder’s soft line-drive single to right-center field in the first inning.
Hudson, Giants edge Padres
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson and Sergio Romo combined on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 3-2, on Wednesday night.
Hudson (4-1) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter for the fourth time in five starts this season. The Giants’ most consistent starter in his first season with the club, Hudson has walked two batters in 46 innings.
The three-time All-Star was one pitch from recording his first shutout in nearly two years before Yasmani Grandal’s two-out home run in the ninth.
Brandon Hicks homered and Michael Morse drove in his team-leading 20th RBI for the Giants, who finished 5-1 on their homestand.