The River Cats saw a five-run lead vanish as the host Las Vegas 51s pulled away for a 12-8 victory on Tuesday.
Sacramento’s Jarrett Parker hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Guillermo Quiroz had an RBI double and Ehire Adrianza a run-scoring single in the second for a 5-0 lead.
But in the third, Las Vegas erupted for eight runs, six with two outs.
The River Cats scored three times in the ninth on Hunter Pence’s two-run homer and Brett Jackson’s solo shot.
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