Jaso's fly in ninth gives M's 3-2 win over Twins
SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter John Jaso's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mariners a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Michael Saunders led off the ninth with a single to right and Brendan Ryan's bunt single put runners at first and second with none out against Tyler Robertson (1-1).
Dustin Ackley walked to load the bases to set up Jaso's fly ball to left to score Saunders and lift Seattle to its fourth straight win.
Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen (4-2) got Josh Willingham to fly out to right with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.
Manning's home debut so-so in loss to Seattle
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning led two scoring drives but threw two more interceptions in his home debut for the Denver Broncos in a 30-10 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
The Broncos turned the ball over on half of their six first-half possessions with Manning under center, including an interception in the red zone for the second straight week.
Their 2-minute drive stalled when Jacob Tamme dropped a wide-open touchdown toss with 6 seconds left in the first half.
The biggest positive for the four-time MVP who's returning from a neck injury that sidelined him all of 2011 is that he took his first big hit in 19 months and bounced right up.
Manning shook off defensive end Bruce Irvin's hard hit and completed a 22-yard pass on the next play.
Seattle bests Cascadia rival Vancouver 2-0
SEATTLE (AP) — Fredy Montero came off the bench to score in the 64th minute, Eddie Johnson added a clinching goal in the 87th minute and the Seattle Sounders beat Cascadia rival Vancouver 2-0 on Saturday in a key game for positioning in the MLS Western Conference playoff chase.
Just two minutes after coming off the bench, Montero found the back of the net for the eighth time in league play. Mauro Rosales took a free kick from about 35 yards out, but instead of going on net, chipped it into the penalty area. Defender Jeff Parke played the ball off his chest and directed it to Montero, who got just enough of his toe on the shot to bounce it past Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Johnson scored on a counter attack off a cross from Brad Evans in the closing minutes for his 11th goal of the season.
Toliver, Beard lead Sparks past short-handed Storm
SEATTLE (AP) — Kristi Toliver scored 22 points and Alana Beard added 18 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the short-handed Seattle Storm 82-71 Saturday night for their sixth consecutive win.
Rookie Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles (16-6), which swept the season series 5-0. Candace Parker added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Tanisha Wright had 21 points and rookie reserve Shekinna Stricklen added 16 to lead Seattle (10-11), which remained in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Storm were without point guard Sue Bird (stomach flu) and Ann Wauters (strained Achilles). Also, three-time MVP Lauren Jackson hasn't joined the team yet after playing for Australia at the London Olympics.
Beard scored eight points in the third quarter to help the Sparks break open the game after leading 40-38 at halftime.
NJ beats Oregon 10-4 to stay alive at LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Leadoff hitter Emil Matti hit two solo homers and scored four runs to lead Parsippany, N.J., to a 10-4 victory over Gresham, Ore., on Saturday night in the Little League World Series.
Matti, 13-year-old shortstop hit both shots to center, including a blast to lead off the game that caromed off the top of the brick wall beyond the fence 225 feet away.
Trailing 5-0 in the second, Oregon cut it to 5-4 in the third on Tyler Linch's two-run single.
But Linch was later tagged out at home after trying to score the potential tying run on a grounder to second.
Reliever Kyle Phillips quieted Oregon the rest of the way with four shutout innings.
Oregon will play Uganda in a consolation game Tuesday after being eliminated from contention.
Japan's Mika Miyazato takes LPGA Tour
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Japan's Mika Miyazato shoot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's Safeway Classic
Miyazato, tied for the first-round lead with Sydnee Michaels after a 65, had an 11-under 133 total on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course.
South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, the Toledo Classic winner last week, was second after a 68. Cristie Kerr and Inbee Park shot 70 to reach 8 under, and Michaels had a 72 to join top-ranked Yani Tseng and Paula Creamer at 7 under. Tseng had a 67, and Creamer shot a 69.
Michelle Wie was tied for 11th at 5 under after a 70.