51s hold off Sounds, climb back to .500

Ricardo Nanita, Adeiny Hechavarria, Travis Snider and David Cooper — the first four batters in manager Marty Brown’s lineup — had two hits each to spark the 51s to an 8-6 Pacific Coast League victory over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Nanita and Snider homered for Las Vegas, which scored four runs in the first inning, only to see the Sounds respond with five runs of their own.

Snider’s homer, a line drive to right field leading off the third inning, tied the game at 5. Nanita’s three-run blast in the sixth held up as the game-winning blow.

Nashville nicked Las Vegas closer Danny Farquhar for a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the tying runs on base before Farquhar struck out Edwin Maysonet to end the game.

The victory enabled the 51s to climb to the .500 mark at 61-61. Las Vegas trails Sacramento by nine games in the PCL South standings.

The 51s used five pitchers, with starter Kyle Drabek getting credit for the victory. Drabek worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and five runs (four earned). The right-hander walked one and struck out four.

Relievers Bobby Korecky, Wil Ledezma and Winston Abreu held Nashville scoreless until Farquhar surrendered a run in the ninth en route to his 11th save.

The teams close out their four-game series today at 5:05 p.m.

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