ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners ended a five-game losing streak, beating St. Louis 4-1 last night and dropping the Cardinals into a first-place tie in the NL Central. The Cardinals mustered only three hits. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that ended St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha's scoreless streak at 23 2-3 innings. Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd homer in eighth off Tyler Lyons to make it 3-0.
SEATTLE (AP) — Tina Thompson had 22 points and eight rebounds to cap her 17th and final regular season in the Seattle Storm's 85-73 win over the Tulsa Shock last night. Thompson's final basket, her fourth 3-pointer of the game, gave Seattle an 85-65 lead with 1:55 remaining. Camille Little added 14 points and six rebounds for the Storm, the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Jennifer Lacy came off the bench to lead Tulsa with 21 points.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored in the 50th minute to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA last night. Jose Valencia held the ball inside the area and squared a pass to Valeri, who sent a shot past Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy for his seventh goal of the season. Bryan de la Fuente scored in the 23rd minute for Chivas USA. Portland remained winless in its last eight road matches.
CHICAGO (AP) — Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and No. 19 Washington beat Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field yesterday. Josh Shirley added four sacks. The Huskies built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and hung on, sending Illinois to its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents. In other news, Connor Halliday led Washington State to a 48-10 victory over Southern Utah.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) —Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14 yesterday. Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks. Oregon's sloppy play at the start helped Tennessee take an early lead, but it was fleeting. In other news, Oregon State squeezed past Utah yesterday 51-48.