The Sacramento River Cats offense banged out a season-high 19 hits — led by Nick Buss’ 4-for-5 performance — to beat the Salt Lake Bees, 13-4, on Saturday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
The Cats (37-25) scored early and often in the third of a four-game set, plating one run in each of the game’s first four innings to go up 4-1. Sacramento then took control with three runs in the fifth, the big hits coming from Jose Martinez (two-run double) and Ryan Ortiz (RBI single).
Buss scored three runs and had two RBIs, while Andy Parrino finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Martinez was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
The River Cats return to Raley Field on Monday to host Omaha (7:05 p.m.) in the opener of an eight-game homestand.
Orioles double up Oakland
Kevin Gausman earned his first win as a starter while Adam Jones and David Lough each homered, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, on Saturday.
Called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day, Gausman (1-1) set career highs by pitching seven innings and striking out six.
Oakland lost for just the second time in eight games. Sonny Gray (6-2) allowed a season-high five runs on four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Giants pull off a ninth-inning rally
Michael Morse hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning after Hunter Pence’s tying double, and San Francisco rallied to beat the New York Mets, 5-4.
Angel Pagan had three singles, two RBIs and reached base all five times against his former team. He reached leading off the ninth when catcher Anthony Recker dropped the third strike and his throw pulled Lucas Duda off first base. Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the play but lost.
Pence hit a tying double that scored Pagan and advanced to third on Buster Posey’s deep fly to left-center. After Jenrry Mejia (1-2) intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval, Morse sent a single to deep right and was mobbed by teammates before he reached second.