BALTIMORE (AP) — Michael Saunders homered twice and drove in five runs, Erasmo Ramirez retired 18 of the first 20 batters he faced and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 last night to end a four-game losing streak. Saunders hit a three-run drive in the fifth and added a clinching two-run shot in the ninth. Justin Smoak homered and went 3 for 3 with two walks for the Mariners, who had lost 10 of their previous 12 games against Baltimore.
SEATTLE (AP) — Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson scored first-half goals while the home fans were still buzzing about the arrival of Clint Dempsey and the Sounders beat FC Dallas 3-0 last night. After two days of speculation, Dempsey was unveiled as the newest Sounders star during a pregame ceremony. Then his new club went out and ran its unbeaten streak at home to nine straight games, the longest in franchise history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Harvey scored the equalizer in the 68th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match last night. The result pulls the Whitecaps ahead in the three-way Pacific Northwest rivalry series with the Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. After a scoreless first half, Ryan Johnson put the Timbers in front with a header into the net in the 48th minute.
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon shattered the Pacific Raceways record to top qualifying yesterday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals. Coming off his season-leading fourth victory of the season last weekend in Sonoma, Langdon powered his dragster to a pass of 3.765 seconds at 320.58 mph to earn his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season. Jack Beckman topped the Funny Car field, and Mike Edwards led Pro Stock qualifying.