Alex Rios powers White Sox past Mariners 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday.
With one out and Alejandro De Aza aboard after a leadoff single, Rios drove an 0-2 pitch through a tricky wind and way over the wall in left for his second homer in two days. He also connected for a solo shot Friday night, but the White Sox lost 8-7 in 10 innings.
Hernandez (1-1) allowed four runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first try for win No. 100. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Monday, struck out three to give him 1,498 for his career.
Johnson scores twice, Timbers beat Dynamo 2-0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Johnson scored two goals and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Saturday night for their first win of the season.
Johnson, a forward acquired from Toronto in the offseason, scored goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes as the Timbers came alive in the second half to beat the Dynamo for the first time in their three-year history. Portland (1-1-4) had lost the previous three matches.
Houston (3-2-1) is winless in two matches on the road this season. The Dynamo, runners-up for the MLS cup in 2011 and 2012, had five shots to Portland's one in the first half, as every member of the Houston front line and midfield had an attempt. However, in the second half, the Timbers controlled the play.
Hertzog pulls Whitecaps into 1-1 draw with 'Quakes
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Corey Hertzog took advantage of a temporary two-man advantage to score his first MLS goal, rallying the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 1-1 tie against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
Hertzog picked up a deflected shot from teammate Daigo Kobayashi and slotted home a shot from 9 yards in the 62nd minute, as San Jose defender Victor Bernardez and forward Alan Gordon stood on the sideline. They had left the field roughly 90 seconds earlier to change their shoes on a slick night at Buck Shaw Stadium, and referee Fotis Bazakos did not permit them to re-enter until after Hertzog had scored.
Chris Wondolowski tallied in the 18th minute for San Jose (2-2-2).
Vancouver (2-2-1) broke a two-game losing streak with their first road point of 2013.
Canucks top line has 8 points in win over Flames
VANCOUVER (AP) — The Canucks' top line combined for eight points, and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as Vancouver beat the reeling Calgary Flames 5-2 on Saturday night.
Henrik Sedin scored an empty-net goal and earned career NHL assists No. 600 and 601, Daniel Sedin added three assists, and Alex Burrows scored and had an assist to pace Vancouver (21-11-6), which has won eight of 10.
Dan Hamhuis, Dale Weise and Alex Edler also had goals for the Canucks.
Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary (13-20-4), which has lost five straight overall and 13 consecutive on the road (0-12-1). The Flames are 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.
With a chance to move four points ahead of idle Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead, the Canucks jumped to an early 2-0 lead.