WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The River Cats' 5-4 win against the Tucson Padres on Sunday night at Raley Field was Sacramento's tenth home win in a row, extending the franchise record.
The T-Pads took an early lead in the second inning on a solo home run off the bat of Brandon Allen. The River Cats responded in the third inning with a three-run rally-Daric Barton singled to center field scoring Andy Parrino, then Shane Peterson doubled to score Jemile Weeks and Barton.
In the eighth, Reymond Fuentes scored on Dean Anna's RBI fielder's choice to cut the River Cats lead to 5-2. The T-Pads continued to push in the ninth inning, scoring two runs off River Cats closer Brian Gordon, who registered his team-leading 18th save.
River Cats starter Andrew Werner earned his 11th win on the season, allowing only one run on eight hits with two pickoffs in six innings of work. In the third inning, Werner picked off Daniel Robertson and Fuentes who each tried to steal second. The loss was charged to T-Pads starter Brandon Kloess who falls to 3-6 while posting a 4.56 ERA.
The River Cats totaled 10 hits on the evening; Peterson had a 2-for-4 night posting a double and a single with two RBI. He has seven hits in his last nine at-bats. Hiro Nakajima had a 3-for-4 night at the plate with three singles, while Anthony Aliotti had two hits, and Barton added two RBI.
The River Cats remain one game up on the Las Vegas 51s with only 15 games remaining in the regular season.
The River Cats continue their five-game series against the T-Pads at Raley Field on Throwback Monday presented by Cache Creek, when lefty Carlos Hernandez (0-1, 3.00 ERA) takes on right-hander Burch Smith (4-1, 3.89 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.
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