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The Sacramento River Cats extended their winning streak to a season-high six games Sunday night, beating the Nashville Sounds 8-3. The victory puts Sacramento six and a half games ahead in the Pacific Southern Division standings.
The Sounds came out swinging in the first inning, quickly racking up four hits and scoring three runs, including a solo blast over the right field fence by center fielder Caleb Gindl.
After the first inning, however, Sacramento silenced the Sounds.
The River Cats evened the score in the third inning. Two of the three runs were scored with two outs on the board when Grant Green smacked a line drive into left field, bringing in Daric Barton and Anthony Recker. Barton and Recker had been walked by Nashville pitcher Wily Peralta.
Sacramento added two more runs in the fourth inning. Shane Peterson led off with a solo home run. With two outs, Collin Cowgill left second base on a Kila Ka'aihue single and outran the throw from right field, sliding around the glove of Sounds catcher Humberto Quintero. Quintero was ejected later in the game after he questioned the visual acuity of first base umpire, Brian Sinclair.
Grant Green opened the fifth inning with a home run inside the left field foul pole. Two batters later, Shane Peterson earned his second solo home run of the evening, giving the River Cats a 7-3 lead. Sacramento added a run in the sixth inning, giving them an extra, but un-needed, cushion in the final innings.
Sacramento tallied 12 hits in the evening, shared by seven batters.
Nashville is in town for three more games this week.
More photos from this game can be viewed here.