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River Cats score early, often in 12-1 rout of 51s

The Sacramento River Cats hadn’t scored seven runs in a game this season. 

Until Tuesday, that is, when they scored seven in an inning against the 51s.

The River Cats (3-10) rocked starter Seth Lugo, chasing him after 2 2/3 innings and nine earned runs, on their way to a 12-1 victory at Raley Field in Sacramento, California.

After scoring a run in each of the first two innings, Sacramento erupted for seven in the third.

Right fielder Ryan Lollis started a one-out rally in the third with a triple. From there, the River Cats scored on singles. They scored on a wild-pitch strikeout. They hit a homer and scored another run on a bases-loaded walk.

Every River Cat, including starting pitcher Chris Stratton, finished with at least a hit, and seven of eight position players finished with multiple hits.

Las Vegas second baseman Dilson Herrera finished 2-for-4 and doubled home the 51s’ run in the fifth inning.

The 51s (5-6) struggled again with runners in scoring position, a common theme on the trip, going 0-for-9.

Betsy Helfand can be reached at bhelfand@reviewjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @BetsyHelfand

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