A pair of sacrifice flies in the ninth and 11th innings led the host Sacramento River Cats to a 6-5 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday night. Nate Freiman drove in Alden Carrithers on both occasions.
Carrithers led off the 11th with a single up the middle. Two batters later, Stephen Vogt singled through the right side to put runners at the corners. Freiman then lofted a flyball deep enough to center field to score Carrithers.
Albuquerque (24-29) led 5-4 in the ninth when Carrithers led off that frame with a single through the left side. Two batters later, Vogt reached on a single to second baseman Carlos Triunfel, who then threw the ball away for an error that enabled the runners to reach second and third. Freiman then hit a sac-fly to center, driving in Carrithers.
Carrithers went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and scored three runs total for Sacramento (33-21). Vogt and Daric Barton also each went 3-for-5.
Miguel Rojas was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the seventh inning that had given the Isotopes a brief lead. Jeremy Hazelbaker, just recalled from Double-A Chattanooga, was also 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Starter Zach Lee allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 5.2 innings. Yimi Garcia (3-1) took the loss in relief.
Albuquerque rocked former Oakland starter Dan Straily for four runs on 10 hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Evan Scribner (2-1) earned the victory for Sacramento with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Isotopes and River Cats will finish their four-game series Friday at 8:05 p.m. Albuquerque will seek a series split as right-hander Sam Demel (0-1, 6.35 ERA) takes on Sacramento right-hander Josh Lindblom (2-3, 6.19), a former Isotope.