WEST SACRAMENTO — Reno scored eight runs in the first two innings on Thursday and Sacramento couldn’t erase the entire deficit, losing 9-4 at Raley Field.
The Aces victory leaves them tied with the River Cats for first place in the PCL’s Pacific Northern Division with four games left in the season-ending series. Both teams are 78-62 heading into Friday’s 7:05 p.m. matchup.
On Thursday, Daric Barton smashed two home runs and knocked in three Cats runs, while Nick Buss doubled twice, scored a run and had an RBI. Billy Burns added two hits, including a double, and tallied once.
Angels edge A’s in AL West crucial
ANAHEIM (AP) — Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call.
Josh Hamilton had a 10th-inning single as the Angels won the opener in a four-game series between the AL West clubs who hold the majors’ two best records.
Oakland protested the game after Erick Aybar hit a short chopper up the first-base line to open the ninth. He ran into Dan Otero as the pitcher fielded it and bumped into first baseman Brandon Moss.
Home plate umpire Greg Gibson immediately awarded first base to Aybar, prompting a lengthy argument from A’s manager Bob Melvin. The Angels then loaded the bases with one out, but Kole Calhoun popped up and Mike Trout grounded to third against Cook.
Giants pitcher sets record in win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win.
Petit (4-3) got the first eight Colorado hitters, establishing the mark by striking out Charlie Culberson. That broke Mark Buehrle’s record of 45 straight with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
Petit’s streak covered eight games, six of them in relief. He also surpassed Jim Barr’s NL record of 41 in a row with the Giants in 1972.
The announced sellout crowd of 41,017 at AT&T Park gave Petit a standing ovation after he fanned Culberson. The string ended two pitches later when the next batter, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles, doubled to left field. Charlie Blackmon followed with a single to drive in Colorado’s only run.
49ers offense explodes in preseason finale
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie linebacker Chris Borland returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown and third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Houston Texans, 40-13, in their preseason finale.
Borland, a third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, has been trying to move into the rotation to help fill the void left by All-Pro NaVorro Bowman, who’s expected to miss half the season with a left knee injury.
Blaine Gabbert played the first half and went 4-for-11 for 60 yards, then Johnson took over.
Raiders sink Seahawks
OAKLAND (AP) — Rookie Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland’s starting quarterback, and the Raiders wrapped up the preseason with a 41-31 victory Thursday night over the Seattle Seahawks.
Carr was almost perfect in the start in place of Matt Schaub, completing 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards, and led Oakland (2-2) to four touchdowns in four drives.
Schaub was anointed the starter after being acquired in an offseason trade from Houston. Coach Dennis Allen hasn’t deviated from that plan even as Schaub struggled in the preseason before resting this game with a sore throwing elbow.
Now the question will be if Carr’s strong performance against Seattle (2-2) will be enough to change that plan.