Wire sports briefs: Cats edge Aces behind Straily

By From page B8 | April 23, 2013

WEST SACRAMENTO — Dan Straily gave up just one unearned run in his third Triple-A start of the season, leading the Sacramento River Cats to a 3-1 win over the Reno Aces at Raley Field.

Straily, whose sixth-inning fielding error allowed the lone Aces run, moves to a perfect 3-0 on the year. In his three starts, he’s registered a 0.96 ERA.

The Cats used six hits to score their three runs, drawing first blood in the bottom of the fifth when Jemile Weeks plated Daric Barton with a groundout to second base. Sacramento’s second and third runs came in the sixth inning thanks to a Shane Peterson sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Barton.

Napoli powers Red Sox past Oakland

BOSTON (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Will Middlebrooks busted out of a slump with a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics, 9-6, on Monday.

The Athletics dropped their season-high fourth straight as A.J. Griffin (2-1) was tagged for a career-worst nine runs — seven earned — and eight hits in four-plus innings.

Giants Belt a walkoff single to stop Arizona

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a game-ending single to left-center with one out in the ninth, Buster Posey tied it with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4, on Monday night for their seventh straight home victory.

Posey’s drive to straightaway center was his second homer of the year and in two days.

Belt’s first career walkoff hit came against Tony Sipp (1-1), who allowed a leadoff single to Andres Torres. Brandon Crawford sacrificed him to second.

Jose Mijares struck out two in the ninth before yielding Cliff Pennington’s double. Closer Sergio Romo (1-1) relieved in a double switch as Belt entered at first base. Romo retired pinch-hitter Eric Hinske on a first-pitch grounder.

Wire and staff reports

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