The Zephyrs needed only four hits to score five runs thanks to some long outs and a couple of miscues by the visitors. New Orleans got two runs in the fifth inning when Isaac Galloway singled to left field. Jordany Valdespin hit into a fielder’s choice, but the throw by Sounds second baseman Joey Wendle was low and went into left field. Miguel Rojan then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Galloway and Vinny Rottino hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Valdespin. The Zephyrs added a run in the seventh inning when Galloway tripled off the right-center field wall and scored on a sacrifice fly by Valdespin. New Orleans added two runs in the eighth on a pair of walks and a throwing error. Brady Shoemaker and Scott Sizemore walked. Austin Wates then hit a single to right, scoring Shoemaker. Sizemore went to third ahead of a throw by right fielder Kent Matthes. Third baseman Niuman Romero’s throw to first to try to catch Wates was wild, allowing Sizemore to score. The Zephyrs also played superb defense to hold off the Sounds.

Z’s vs. Zito

True baseball fans were excited to see veteran pitcher Barry Zito make his fourth start of the season and his first ever at Zephyr Field. The 17-year veteran was the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner and a three-time AL All-Star selection. Now the 36-year-old left-hander is working to try to get back with the A’s, the organization he played with from 2007-2013. He sat out all of 2014. He signed as a minor-league free agent in February. Zito went into Saturday night’s game with a 7.71 ERA. He threw seven innings, gave up three hits, three runs — one earned — walked three and struck out three. He threw 104 pitches in the loss.

Richochet

Nicolino took a hard-hit shot off of Aliotti later in the game. In the fifth inning, Aliotti sent a ball back up the middle. It richocheted off of Nicolino’s lower left leg then bounced all the way into right field. Aliotti was awarded a double. Nicolino remained in the game. He threw 6 innings, gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three.

Out at home

The Zephyrs threw three players out at home on Saturday, including two in the third inning to get Nicolino out of a jam after the bottom of the Sounds’ order loaded the bases. Batting seventh, Andy Parrino led off with a single, Anthony Aliotti walked and Blake Forsythe singled. Lead-off man Billy Burns then hit into a 5-2 force out, Joey Wendle hit into a 3-2 force out and Kent Matthes grounded out to second. In the fourth inning, the Sounds’ Niuman Romero walked then stole second. With two outs, Parrino singled to left field. Romero rounded third but was thrown out at home by Valdespin.

Richochet

Nicolino took a hard-hit shot off of Aliotti later in the game. In the fifth inning, Aliotti sent a ball back up the middle. It richocheted off of Nicolino’s lower left leg then bounced all the way into right field. Aliotti was awarded a double. Nicolino remained in the game. He threw 6 innings, gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three.

Extra innings

Vinny Rottino started at first base Saturday, one day after Justin Bour was called up to Miami. Relief pitcher Grant Dayton has been designated for reassignment. Right-hander James Nygren was added to the roster from short-season Batavia. … Nashville’s top six batters went 2-for-24 with one walk. The bottom of the Sounds’ order went 5-for-8 with one walk and a double…. Rottino went 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice, stopping an eight-game hitting streak.

Saved by the bell

Dennis Haskins, who played Principal Belding on the TV show “Saved By the Bell,” threw out the first pitch for Saturday’s game. He then took part in a meet and greet on the left field concourse, where he signed autographs and posed for photos.

Lori Lyons