Quakes extend playoff lead with win, 66ers lose

Quakes 9, San Jose 2

Alberto Rosario had a two-run single and Abel Nieves had a two-run triple in a six-run sixth inning as the Quakes routed the Giants at the Epicenter on Saturday. Rosario had two hits and three RBIs, while Nieves was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Clay Fuller was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Jeremy Thorne (3-6) earned the win, allowing seven hits, four walks and two runs in seven innings while striking out three. Reliever Michael Kohn pitched the ninth for the Quakes. Kohn had not pitched for six days because of soreness.

 The victory moved the Quakes two games ahead of the Sixers in the battle for the final playoff spot.

Several reports have also indicated that Angels outfielder Torii Hunter could be joining the Quakes next week on a rehabiliation assignment. The Quakes are home through Aug. 16, with an off-day Monday.

Stockton 8, 66ers 3

Thomas Melgarejo (1-2) allowed five runs in the first three innings and the Sixers never recovered in a loss at Banner Island Ballpark.

Frank Martinez hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Yusuf Carter hit a two-run homer for Stockton.

Trayvon Robinson had two hits and scored two runs and Joe Becker had two hits and two RBI to pace the attack for the Sixers, who have lost six straight games.