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Wire sports briefs: Rainiers rip River Cats at Raley

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From page B8 | April 10, 2013 |

WEST SACRAMENTO — Michael Taylor’s 3-for-5 performance extended his hitting streak to nine games, but the Sacramento River Cats fell to the visiting Tacoma Rainiers, 9-5, on Tuesday night at Raley Field.

Tacoma scored early and often, taking a 5-1 lead into the fourth inning. The River Cats began to chip away at the lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth on a Luke Montz two-run homer.

Sacramento scored once more in the sixth when Shane Peterson crossed the plate on a grounder to second from shortstop Andy Parrino, cutting the Rainiers’ lead to 5-4. Cats reliever James Simmons, who had gotten the final two outs of the sixth, came back out for the seventh looking to keep Sacramento within one run.

But the Rainers loaded the bases and Seattle top prospect Mike Zunino blasted a three-run dinger to left-center field, giving Tacoma a 9-4 advantage.

Jaso’s pinch-hit home run paces A’s

ANAHEIM (AP) — The Oakland Athletics had more than their share of comeback road victories en route to a surprising AL West title last season, and they picked up yet another to spoil the Angels’ home debut.

Pinch-hitter John Jaso had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the A’s blew a four-run lead before rallying to beat Los Angeles, 9-5, on Tuesday night in the majors’ final home opener.

Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in four runs, delivering an early two-run single before adding a two-run homer after Jaso’s shot. Coco Crisp also hit his fourth homer for the A’s, who have won six straight after an 0-2 start.

“That’s part of who we are,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “We feel like we always have a chance to come back, so we keep grinding through the whole thing, and sometimes we have a chance.”

Giants rally to bail out Lincecum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to cap San Francisco’s rally from a four-run deficit and the Giants went on to beat the Colorado Rockies for the eighth straight time, 9-6, on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer to start the comeback and Hunter Pence had a pair of RBI singles for the Giants, who have won the first two games of the series.

Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge each drove in two runs in a five-run second inning against Tim Lincecum, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer off the former Giants ace to help the Rockies build a 6-2 lead.

But the Giants scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game and then won it in the eighth against Matt Belisle (0-1).

Pinch-hitter Andres Torres started the winning rally with a double to right field and Pagan followed with a single up the middle that almost hit Belisle in the face.

Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco added RBI singles to give the Giants insurance.

Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Sergio Romo got three outs for his fifth save.

Blue Jackets blank San Jose Sharks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his fourth career shutout — all in his last 15 games — and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist Tuesday night, leading Columbus to a 4-0 win over San Jose.

Matt Calvert, James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their last two games.

Bobrovsky didn’t have a shutout in his first 98 NHL appearances. He has put up a brick wall in front of the net since Columbus went on a late tear to rise from last in the league to contention for a playoff spot. He made 30 saves, including stopping Patrick Marleau’s point-blank wrister in the third period and Dan Boyle’s hard, power-play slap shot in the second.

The game was crucial for both teams. San Jose came in a the fifth place squad in the West with 47 points, but just seven points from falling out of the race.

The Sharks were coming off a seven-game homestand on which they picked up 13 of 14 possible points, losing in overtime to Dallas on Sunday before hitting the road. The game Tuesday opened a four-game swing that will also take them to Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix.

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