Cano's hit 2-run double, Mariners blank Rays again
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Tampa Bay Rays for the second straight game, 3-0 Monday.
Five Seattle pitchers combined on a five-hitter. The Mariners extended their scoreless streak to 19 games and won for the eighth time in nine games.
The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are saddled with the worst record in the major leagues at 24-41. The last time they were 17 games under .500 was the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays.
Cano's big hit came during a three-run third inning against David Price (4-6). The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner has dropped three straight decisions and hasn't won in nine starts since beating Minnesota on April 22.
Van Slyke's 2 HRs lead Dodgers over Reds 6-2
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series.
Van Slyke hit a solo homer and a three-run shot off Cingrani (2-7), who could lose his spot in the rotation when Mat Latos returns from the disabled list later this week. Cingrani gave up a career-high six runs in 4 2-3 innings of his fifth straight loss.
Dan Haren (6-4) gave up five hits in 5 1-3 innings, including Ryan Ludwick's solo homer, for his first win since May 12. Brandon League escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs threat in the eighth by getting Ludwick to hit a comebacker that led to a home-to-first double play.
Desmond has 5 RBIs as Strasburg, Nats top Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ian Desmond had a career-high five RBIs and Stephen Strasburg won his third straight decision for the Washington Nationals in their 9-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Denard Span added a triple and two doubles to help the Nationals win for the eighth time in 10 games. Desmond had three hits and Jayson Werth drove in two runs.
San Francisco had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Strasburg (6-4) allowed four hits over six innings and retired his final 10 hitters. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, improving to 3-0 against the Giants with 29 strikeouts in 25 innings.
Nationals starters have struck out 52 and walked one in their last seven games.
Ryan Vogelsong (4-3) retired 10 of 11 batters during one stretch and pitched into the seventh. But he gave up six runs and nine hits, ending his three-game winning streak.
Angels cut A's AL West leads to 3 1/2 with 4-1 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout drove in a run with a double that originally was ruled a homer, Garrett Richards pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Monday night in the opener of a series between the top two teams in the AL West.
The Angels' fourth straight victory reduced Oakland's lead 3 1/2 games, but it did not come without some controversy.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia was ejected by first base umpire Bob Davidson in the fifth inning for arguing after a call was overturned on replay: Trout's towering drive to right field was touched by a fan at the top of the 18-foot wall. Originally ruled a two-run homer, Trout was awarded an RBI double.
Richards (6-2) allowed a run and four hits, struck out four and walked none.
Seattle's Sherman doesn't believe in curses
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Richard Sherman doesn't believe in video game curses.
The Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro cornerback will have his image plastered on the front of the next version of EA Sports' popular "Madden" football game. It's an honor that's allegedly been fraught with peril for some past recipients who have either had subpar seasons or suffered injuries the year they were on the cover.
Despite the notoriety that has come with winning an online vote to be on the cover, along with numerous other endorsements this offseason and a new contract extension, Sherman has remained committed to the Seahawks' offseason program. Seattle coach Pete Carroll noted Monday that Sherman has missed "maybe a day" of the voluntary offseason program.
Quick pushes Kings to brink of Stanley Cup
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick had his best game of the NHL finals, making 32 saves to put the Kings on the cusp of another Stanley Cup with a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 on Monday night.
Los Angeles escaped with two overtime wins at home and then took complete command inside Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 series lead.
The Kings took their first lead of the series with Jeff Carter's goal in the final second of the first period and then stretched the edge to three goals in the second — something the Rangers failed to do in California.
New York is facing elimination Wednesday night in Game 4.