Barry Zito allowed three hits in six shutout innings as the Nashville Sounds handed the River Cats their seventh consecutive loss, 3-0 Tuesday night at Raley Field.
Zito, attempting a comeback in the A’s organization at 37, struck out five and walked two.
The Sounds took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Anthony Aliotti’s two-out, two-run single. They added an unearned run in the seventh on Ryan Roberts’ sacrifice fly.
The River Cats threatened in the eighth. With two outs, Casey McGehee, who accepted an assignment to Sacramento from the Giants, reached on an infield single and went to second on Ehire Adrianza’s single. But Adam Duvall grounded into a forceout at third.
In the ninth, the River Cats again put two men on with two outs after Jarrett Parker doubled and John Bowker walked. But Carlos Triunfel grounded out to end the game.
River Cats starter Robert Coello gave up two runs and three hits in five innings.