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Posted Apr 29, 2012, 7:34 pm
Sacramento scored seven runs before the third inning Sunday and beat the Tucson Padres, 11-3. In their five-run second inning, four River Cats runs were unearned after Matt Clark's error with two outs.
Tucson starter Mark Pope arrived from High-A Lake Elsinore and pitched five innings, allowing eight runs, four earned. Pope started the game instead of Matt Palmer, who missed the start because of a blister on his pitching hand.
Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the Tucson loss. Grandal has at least one hit in all seven games he's played in this season. Anthony Contreras went 2-for-4 with an RBI and also has a seven-game hitting streak. Tucson's Brian Tallet threw a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth.
The Padres won two of the four games in Sacramento, earning their first series split of the season. Tucson dropped to 7-17 with the loss while Sacramento advanced to 16-8.
Tim Hagerty is the play-by-play announcer for the Tucson Padres.