Smoak's HR caps 8-run 7th, Mariners top Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Smoak homered to cap an eight-run burst in the seventh inning, leading Hisashi Iwakuma and the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 9-8 Saturday.
Four straight walks started the Mariners' big burst as they overcame a 2-1 deficit.
Iwakuma (1-0) made his first appearance after starting the season on the disabled list because of a sprained middle finger.
Iwakuma allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his seventh save.
Dallas Keuchel (2-2) left after walking the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh.
OREGON STATE SPRING GAME
Oregon State holds Spring Showcase
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Sean Mannion made a brief spring appearance before his understudies took over and Oregon State ran 71 plays for fans at the Beavers' Spring Showcase on Saturday.
Mannion completed five of nine passes for 19 yards. Luke Del Rio was 9-for-17 for 80 yards, Brent VanderVeen completed was 2-for-7 for 32 yards and an interception, and Kyle Kempt was 3-for-6 for 6 yards. All three are competing to back up Mannion in the fall.
Del Rio led a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive capped by Damien Haskins' 2-yard scoring run. It was the lone scoring play of the day.
Obum Gwacham, who moved from wide receiver to defensive end this season, had a pair of sacks and the defense held the offense to 248 yards.
Several players sat out because of injury, including offensive linemen Isaac Seumalo (foot) and Josh Mitchell (shoulder), tight end Caleb Smith (hamstring) and split end Richard Mullaney (ankle).
OREGON SPRING GAME
Mariota's team wins Ducks' Spring Game
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota was sharp in his limited appearance in the Oregon spring game Saturday, throwing a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Ducks' green team to a 27-7 victory over the gray team.
Mariota, a presumptive 2014 Heisman Trophy candidate who returned to Oregon for his junior season instead of turning pro this winter, completed 6 of 7 passes for 100 yards and played in the first three series for the green team. He also rushed for 23 yards on five carries.
His one incompletion was a throwaway after rolling out of the pocket to avoid a sack. Two plays later he connected with running back Thomas Tyner on a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 3:22 to play in the first quarter.
TRAIL BLAZERS ADVANCE
Lillard draws comparisons to Roy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard always admired Brandon Roy for his ability to make game-changing shots. Now the second-year Trail Blazers point guard is making the game-changers of his own.
Lillard hit a 3-pointer as time expired to send Portland to the Western Conference semifinals with a 99-98 Game 6 playoff victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. It was the first buzzer-beating shot to win a playoff series since John Stockton's 3 that led Utah over Houston in the 1997 Western Conference finals.
The shot — which propelled the Blazers out of the first round for the first time in 14 years — was being hailed Saturday as one of the greatest ever for the Blazers. It drew comparisons to Roy's memorable winning 3-pointer against the Rockets in a 2008 regular-season game.
Timbers get 1st win of the season, 3-2 over United
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Maximiliano Urruti scored in the final minute of stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers their first win of the season with a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night.
Futty Danso also scored for the Timbers, who were winless for their first eight matches of the season for the team's longest span without a victory since 2012. The streak was concerning for a team that went all the way to the Western Conference final last season.
But Urruti came off the bench to snap it with a rebound from just inside the box as United goalkeeper Bill Hamid tumbled to the rainsoaked turf. There was four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game.
The loss snapped a five-match undefeated string for United, which pulled into a 2-all tie with an own goal in the 78th minute.
Marshall helps Sounders rally past Union 2-1
SEATTLE (AP) — Chad Marshall headed in a corner kick from Marco Pappa in the 84th minute Saturday night as the Seattle Sounders completed a comeback from a first-half own goal to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1.
The Sounders (6-2-1) won their MLS-leading fourth straight game, extended their unbeaten streak to five and took the overall league lead with 19 points.
Philadelphia (1-4-5) saw its winless streak extended to eight games (0-4-4), tying a club record that was first set in 2011 and matched in 2012.
Pappa's corner kick from the right side floated into the penalty area just outside the 6-yard box. Marshall ran and headed it high into the net over goalkeeper Zac MacMath for his first of the year.
Brad Evans gave the Union the lead in the 13th minute. Obafemi Martins tied it for Seattle in the 61st minute, his fourth goal of the season.