Adam Rosales' go-ahead homer lifts A's past Royals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.
Sean Doolittle (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win in relief of Jarrod Parker as the reigning AL West champions earned just their third victory in the last 11 games.
Oakland finally got to James Shields (2-4) in the late innings, nearly 10 months after he pitched a three-hit shutout here last July 31 for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
David Lough hit an RBI double hours after his promotion from the minors, and also made a great throw to get Brandon Moss at second as he tried to stretch a leadoff single in the fourth.
Tracy's HR in 10th lifts Nats over Padres 6-5
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Adam LaRoche hit two towering home runs and Chad Tracy's solo shot in the 10th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Tracy's seventh career pinch-hit home run negated a blown save from closer Rafael Soriano, who gave up two runs with two outs in the ninth.
The Padres tied the game with three straight singles. Chase Headley's RBI made it 5-4 and Yonder Alonso pushed him to third with another single. Kyle Blanks evened the score with another single, which sent the game into extra innings.
It was Soriano's second blown save in 14 chances. Drew Storen got his first save of the season in the 10th.
Tracy's home run came off Padres closer Huston Street (0-3), who has allowed six home runs in 17 1-3 innings. He gave up two in 39 innings last season.
Sale outduels Wilson again as White Sox top Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Chris Sale stifled the Los Angeles Angels' bats for the second time in six days, scattering three hits over 7 2-3 innings with a season-high 12 strikeouts on Friday night to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 victory.
Alex Rios and Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox, who extended their winning streak to a season-high four games.
Sale (5-2) threw 79 of his 113 pitches for strikes in another competitive duel with fellow lefty C.J. Wilson, whom he beat 3-0 last Sunday night at Chicago.
Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
Wilson (3-3) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings.
Rockies end 10-game skid vs Giants with 10-9 win
DENVER (AP) - Jordan Pacheco hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the fifth and Carlos Gonzalez added a solo homer, helping the Colorado Rockies hold on for a 10-9 win over San Francisco on Friday night that snapped a 10-game skid against the Giants.
Pacheco laced his first homer of the season to left on a hanging slider from Madison Bumgarner (4-2), who failed to protect an early four-run lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (5-3) entered the game without giving up a run at Coors Field in 12 innings. He was hit hard, surrendering five runs in five innings, only to settle down enough to earn the win.
In the ninth, Rafael Betancourt struck out the side for his 10th save in as many chances.
Upton's grand slam lifts Braves past Dodgers 8-5
ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night.
Upton drove in five runs hitting behind Jason Heyward, who had two hits with a RBI in his first game back after having his appendix removed April 22.
It was the first time this season the Braves had Heyward in the lineup along with catcher Brian McCann, who missed the first 30 games while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Scott Van Slyke hit two homers for the Dodgers, who led 4-2 before Upton's third career grand slam.
Paul Maholm (5-4) allowed eight hits and four runs - two earned - in six innings, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Sharks look to bounce back from tough Game 2 loss
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A dizzying 22-second span that led to a pair of Los Angeles power play goals turned what appeared to be destined to be a tied series into an 0-2 hole for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks players say it didn't take much longer than that for them to put their Game 2 collapse behind them and turn their focus to defending home ice the next two games so they can tie their second-round series with the Kings.
San Jose hopes the confidence gained from scoring three goals against Jonathan Quick and taking a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes will carry over to Game 3 on Saturday night in front of what should be a raucous crowd at the Shark Tank. San Jose lost just two games in regulation all season at home.
Sharks GM disagrees with suspension of Torres
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Friday that the organization strongly disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety suspendedTorres on Thursday for the rest of the second-round series. It is the fourth career suspension for Torres, who is considered a repeat offender in dangerous hits under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Venturi, US Open champion and CBS analyst, dies
(AP) -_ Former U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi has died just 11 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was 82.
His son, Matt Venturi, says he died Friday afternoon in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection.
Venturi was all about overcoming the odds. He won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional despite playing with severe dehydration. He overcame a stuttering problem as a kid in San Francisco to spend 35 years in the broadcast booth with CBS Sports. He also was the Presidents Cup captain in 2000.
Venturi was inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 6.
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