CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Saunders pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift the Seattle Mariners yesterday to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. A day after the Reds scored 13 runs, they managed just six hits and a run off Saunders. Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the ninth for his 18th save, helping the Mariners pick up their second win of the three-game series.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bernardo Anor's early goal helped the Columbus Crew defeat Portland 1-0 yesterday, ending the Timbers' 15-game unbeaten streak. Anor scored in the fourth minute off a restart from Federico Higuain. But Higuain failed to increase the lead seven minutes later, missing his second penalty kick in six attempts this season by shooting the ball left of the net.
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Manuel Torres scored twice to lead Panama to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl yesterday. Torres scored the game-winner in the 48th minute after taking a pass from Alberto Quintero. Panama will play Martinique on Thursday in Seattle. Mexico will play against Canada in Seattle the same day.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Fabrice Reuperne scored with less than a minute remaining in stoppage time to lift Martinique to a 1-0 victory over Canada in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup yesterday at the Rose Bowl. The victory was a first for Martinique in Gold Cup competition over Canada. The teams tied in 1993, and Canada won when the teams last met in 2002.