Blanco slam backs Hernandez, Mariners beat A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Henry Blanco hit a sixth-inning grand slam in his Seattle debut to break a scoreless tie, Felix Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Saturday.
The 41-year-old Blanco, a .184 hitter with no home runs coming into the game, was an unlikely candidate to deliver the decisive hit for Seattle. The Mariners signed him Friday, three days after his release by Toronto.
He became the oldest Mariners player with a slam.
Hernandez (8-4) struck out five of Oakland's initial eight batters and seven through four innings on the way to eight Ks.
Michael Morse had two doubles among his three hits, including one in the sixth before Blanco's drive stayed just inside the left-field foul pole.
MISSISSIPPI ST-OREGON ST
Rea doubles in MSU's 5-4 win over Beavers at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea's two-run double in the eighth inning, closer Jonathan Holder turned back two Oregon State threats, and the Bulldogs beat the Beavers 5-4 on Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.
The Bulldogs (49-18) advanced to a Monday game against Indiana. The Beavers (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, are one loss from elimination.
Hunter Renfroe's comebacker off Matt Boyd (10-4) put runners on first and second in the eighth. Rea then sent the go-ahead double into the right-center gap.
Holder got out of a jam after Oregon State put two runners on base in the eighth. The Beavers had two runners on in the ninth when Danny Hayes drove a ball to right that Renfroe caught on the warning track to end the game and give Holder his 19th save.
Ross Mitchell (13-0) got the win.
Timbers beat Dallas to extend MLS unbeaten streak
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Darlington Nagbe scored in the 52nd minute and the Portland Timbers ran their MLS unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday.
Portland (6-1-8, 26 points) pulled within two points of Western Division-leading Dallas (8-3-4).
Portland hasn't dropped a match since losing to Eastern Division-leading Montreal 2-1 on March 9. The victory Saturday was the Timbers' sixth during their club-record 13-match unbeaten streak.
Dallas lost for only the second time in its past 13 games, but both defeats came on trips to the Pacific Northwest.
Dallas lost at Seattle 4-2 on May 18.