Springer hits 2 HRs in Astros' 9-4 win over M's
SEATTLE (AP) — George Springer hit a pair of two-run homers and Brett Oberholtzer scattered six hits over six innings in the Houston Astros' 9-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Springer, the Astros' rookie right fielder who missed the first two games of the series with a sore hip flexor, hit his first homer in the first. His sixth homer of the season came in the Astros' five-run fifth, and he added an RBI in the sixth for a career-high five in his 33rd big league game.
Oberholtzer, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game, allowed two runs in the first, and then settled in. He finished with three runs allowed — two earned — with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts.
Brandon Maurer went 4 1/3 innings for the Mariners, allowing six runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Sounders salvage 2-2 tie with Whitecaps
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Gonzalo Pineda scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-2 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Seattle was awarded the kick after defender Jay DeMerit fouled Cam Weaver in the penalty area.
Vancouver took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute when midfielder Gershon Koffie scored his first goal of the season on an error by goalkeeper Stefan Frei. In an effort to keep the ball in play, Frei ventured way out of his net and booted a clearing attempt up the middle instead of safely up the sideline. Koffie pounced on the ball and scored into the vacated goal.
Seattle's Chad Barrett opened the scoring in the 36th minute, and Erik Hurtado tied it in the 39th.
Urruti leads Timbers past Red Bulls, 2-1
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Maximiliano Urruti scored in each half to rally Portland to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night, extending the Timbers' unbeaten streak to five with only their second win of the season.
Urruti tied it just before halftime and added the winner in the 74th to help Portland improve to 2-3-7 and move out of last place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.
The Red Bulls have lost three straight and two in a row at home.
The win was the first for Portland in five meetings between the clubs. The Timbers' only other victory this season came May 3 at home, 3-2 over D.C. United.
After Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York ahead in the 36th, Urruti scored his fourth and fifth goals to lead Portland.
Storm avoids 0-4 start, down Mystics 73-65
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sue Bird scored 16 points and the Seattle Storm avoided their second 0-4 start in franchise history with a 73-65 victory over the Washington Mystics on Saturday night.
Bird sank a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining to give the Storm a 67-60 lead after Washington pulled within four points using a 7-0 run. Camille Little had 15 points and Tanisha Wright added 14.
Crystal Langhorne, who spent her first six seasons with Washington before a draft day trade sent her to Seattle, had 14 rebounds.
Emma Meesseman scored 12 points for the Mystics, who fell to 0-2 at home this season.
Washington committed 12 of its 16 turnovers in the first half, but still entered halftime with a 26-24 lead.
The Storm lost four straight to open their inaugural 2000 season en route to a league-worst 6-26 record.
Oregon defeats Minnesota 10-2
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Nikki Udria hit a two-run double and Courtney Ceo homered as the Oregon Ducks defeated Minnesota 10-2 in the opener of their NCAA softball Super Regional series at Howe Field on Saturday night.
Cheridan Hawkins allowed two runs on three hits over six innings for the top-seeded Ducks.
The No. 16-seeded Golden Gophers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Sara Groenewegen's RBI single to right scored Sam Macken. The Ducks evened it in the bottom half with Ceo's solo home run off Minnesota starter Sara Moulton.
Udria hit a two-run double for the Ducks in the second inning, then scored with Ceo on a pair of Minnesota errors after Ceo singled. Ceo's sacrifice fly capped a three-run third and the Ducks added two runs in the sixth.