Hernandez, Smoak lead M's past Angels 6-0
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez threw eight shutout innings and Justin Smoak drove in four runs off Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver, including a three-run homer, in the Seattle Mariners' 6-0 win over the Angels on Saturday night.
Smoak had an RBI single in the fourth inning that gave Seattle the lead, then provided the big blow in the sixth to cap a two-out rally. Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager both singled and after Weaver received a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher, Smoak hit the first pitch out to center field for his eighth homer of the season. The four RBIs were the most for Smoak since he drove in a career-high six runs on May 30, 2012 against Texas.
Smoak's long ball was the 21st straight game with at least one homer for the Mariners, the longest streak for an American League team since the Rangers set the major league record with 27 straight in 2002.
Lincecum throws 1st no-hitter, beating SD 9-0
(Stations: Note Bellevue, Wash., and University of Washington interest.)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Lincecum has thrown his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence in the San Francisco Giants' 9-0 win against the last-place San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was the loser when Cincinnati's Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on July 2, the first in the majors this year. The 29-year-old Lincecum is a Bellevue, Wash., native and University of Washington product.
Lincecum (5-9) was in control from the start, striking out 13 and throwing a career-high 148 pitches.
Still, he needed some help.
Pence caught Alexi Amarista's sinking liner with a full dive to end the eighth.
Martinez scores, 'Quakes beat Sounders 1-0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Walter Martinez scored his first MLS goal and the San Jose Earthquakes made it hold up for a 1-0 win against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Martinez, a 31-year-old midfielder who joined San Jose prior to this season, broke open a scoreless match in the 48th minute. The former Honduran international collected a ball from teammate Steven Lenhart, cut inside Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin and fired from 12 yards.
Sounders emergency goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who came on at halftime for injured starter Michael Gspurning, could not keep the ball from curling inside the far post.
Weber, a former Earthquake, joined Seattle on loan from Phoenix FC of the USL Professional Division earlier this week after veteran backup Marcus Hahnemann was ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
Timbers defeat Galaxy 2-1
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored in stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
Jean-Baptiste's header got past Los Angeles goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini as the game wound to a close after Ryan Johnson had evened the score at 1-all in the 27th minute.
Jean-Baptiste doffed his shirt in celebration after his game-winner, his first goal of the season. First-year Timbers coach Caleb Porter flashed a thumbs-up to the crowd.
With the victory, Portland moved into second place in the Western Conference behind Real Salt Lake.
AMPUTEE BIKE TOUR
Amputee cyclist finishes ride, meets Baby Jameson
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Florida man has arrived to a hero's welcome, biking into Spokane, Wash., more than five weeks and 3,200 miles after he set off from Miami on a quest to help a 1-year-old boy born without hands or forearms.
Double arm amputee, tri-athlete and motivational speaker Hector Picard reached Spokane Saturday afternoon, completing the journey he began June 8 — to bike across the country and raise money for Jameson Davis' prosthetic arms.
Picard tells KREM-TV he heard about Jameson six months ago and felt compelled to help. Picard lost his arms in a 1992 electrical accident.
Picard says his second goal was to prove "anything is possible."
Jameson's mother, Brooke, told KREM, "We can't even wrap our minds around what he's doing. It's incredible."