Fresno pitcher, homers throttle struggling 51s

Nick Pereira held the 51s to one hit through six innings, and four of his teammates homered Thursday night to lead the Fresno Grizzlies to a 7-2 victory in a matchup of struggling Pacific Coast League teams in Fresno, Calif.

Pereira (6-7), who also went 2-for-3, worked the first 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks as the Grizzlies (35-44) halted a seven-game losing streak.

Travis Ishikawa hit a two-run homer in the second inning, Eugenio Velez and Ivan Ochoa hit back-to-back shots in the third, and Guillermo Rodriguez went deep in the fourth to put Fresno up 6-0.

Scott McClain, Ochoa, Rod-riguez and Pereira each had two of the Grizzlies’ 12 hits.

Justin Orenduff (2-4) started for Las Vegas and took the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two.

The 51s (42-39), who have lost seven of their past eight games, scored their runs in the seventh inning, when they got four of their five hits. John-Ford Griffin and Angel Chavez had RBI singles.

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