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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM

BBA-ATHLETICS-MARINERS

Morales HR gives Mariners 6-3 win in 10 innings

SEATTLE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales had a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and Raul Ibanez connected twice for the Seattle Mariners in a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Ibanez gave the Mariners the lead with a two-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the third, his team-leading 17th. It was his second multihomer game this season and 18th of his career.

Mike Zunio struck out leading off the 10th but reached first on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on Michael Saunder's single before Morales hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Grant Balfour (0-1) deep to right center field. It was Balfour's first loss since June 29, 2012.

Oliver Perez (2-1) pitched two innings to earn the win. Perez has not allowed a run in his last 11 innings.

Brandon Moss' solo home run off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth inning tied the game at 3.

RAPIDS-TIMBERS

Timbers win again, 3-0 over Rapids

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Frederic Piquionne, Will Johnson and Ryan Johnson scored and the Portland Timbers ran their unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 3-0 victory Sunday over Colorado.

The Timbers are tied with Real Salt Lake for the best record in MLS with 30 points, the first time in the team's three-year history it has sat atop the league. Portland (7-1-9), also leads the league in goals with 28.

Colorado (5-7-5) has lost three straight and has just one win in its last six matches.

The Timbers have shutouts in their last three games and five of seven. The last goals Portland allowed at Jeld-Wen Field in MLS play were in a 2-1 loss to Montreal on March 9.

PGA PROFESSIONAL

Corey Prugh, Rod Perry lead PGA Professional

SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — Corey Prugh had six straight birdies and shot an 8-under 63 in light rain Sunday for a share of the first-round lead with Rod Perry in the PGA Professional National Championship.

Prugh, a PGA assistant professional at Manito in Spokane, Wash., and Perry, the PGA head professional at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla., broke the course record on Sunriver Resort's Meadows course.

Jeff Sorenson, a PGA teaching professional at Columbia in Minneapolis, was a stroke back. He also opened at the Meadows.

Three-time champion Mike Small, 2007 winner Chip Sullivan, 2004 champion Bob Sowards and Mark Sheftic had the best scores on the Crosswater Club course, the site of the final rounds, at 3-under 69.

The top 20 finishers will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.

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CALIFORNIA BOWLS

Big Ten, Pac-12 to meet in 2 more California bowls

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 will have two more opportunities to play each other in California bowl games.

The Big Ten is set to announce new affiliations with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play the Pac-12. The conference and bowls officials are schedule to hold a teleconference Monday.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have a long tradition of playing each other in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Fight Hunger is moving up in the Pac-12's selection order. It will have the fourth selection from the conference after the College Football Playoff, of which the Rose Bowl is a part, the Alamo Bowl and the Holiday Bowl.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn't been authorized.

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