WEST SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats came back from an early three-run deficit on Tuesday to win their fifth consecutive game, beating Fresno, 7-4, at Raley Field.
Starter Sean Murphy (2-1) allowed just two earned runs to earn the victory for the Cats (8-5).
The Grizzlies plated three runs in the first two innings, but Sacramento took the lead for good by tallying four times in the third. First, Nate Freiman doubled home Tyler Ladendorf to make it 3-1, then Shane Peterson scored on a wild pitch.
Ken Matthes had the big hit in the rally, a two run-single up the middle.
A balk and a bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 6-3, and Matthes drove in his third run of the game to finish the River Cats scoring in the sixth.
A’s beat Angels in see-saw game
ANAHEIM (AP) — Josh Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the Oakland Athletics overcame Mike Trout’s tying homer in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Lowrie led off the 11th with a single against Yoslan Herrera (0-1), the Angels’ seventh pitcher. Donaldson hit a sharp grounder inside third base for the AL-leading A’s, who have won four straight and eight of nine.
Jim Johnson (2-2) pitched two innings for Oakland, getting Howie Kendrick on a groundout with Trout and Albert Pujols in scoring position to end it.
Trout hit a two-run shot in the ninth for the Angels, who have lost three of four.
Both teams erased late three-run deficits during two dismal bullpen performances. The Angels trailed 9-6 in the eighth after leading 6-3 heading to the seventh.
Brandon Moss, Alberto Callaspo and pinch-hitter Derek Norris had RBI singles during a four-run eighth for the A’s. One night after Angels closer Ernesto Frieri blew a one-run lead, newcomer Joe Smith squandered a 6-5 advantage by giving up four runs, three hits and two walks without getting an out.