The River Cats survived a harrowing eighth inning to end their road losing streak at four games with a 6-5 victory over the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday night.
Las Vegas scored five runs in the eighth, all off reliever Steven Okert, to pull within 6-5. The 51s had the tying run on second base with two outs, but Hunter Strickland struck out Dan Rohlfing and retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his fourth save.
Hunter Pence, Travis Ishikawa and Brett Jackson each had three hits for Sacramento. Jackson hit a solo homer and Pence a two-run shot, both in the third inning.
Sacramento starting pitcher Clayton Blackburn pitched six scoreless innings to even his record at 1-1 and lower his ERA to 1.64. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six.
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Bee Sports staff