Morales, Gibson lead Twins to 8-1 rout of Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Chris Colabello hit a two-run double, Brian Dozier scored twice and the Twins put up eight runs in the first four innings to chase an ineffective Roenis Elias (7-8). The rookie lasted a career-low 3 1-3 innings, yielding seven runs — six earned — and seven hits with three walks.
Gibson (8-7) allowed multiple baserunners in three innings and only retired the side in order once. But he worked around seven hits and a walk, rebounding from a rough outing against the New York Yankees.
He gave up six runs, five earned, and six hits in two innings of a 6-5 loss last Friday.
Mariners option Walker to Triple-A, recall Pryor
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SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have optioned starter Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma so he can remain on schedule during the All-Star break.
Seattle recalled reliever Stephen Pryor on Wednesday to take Walker's spot in the roster. The Mariners will likely use their bullpen to get through Thursday's series finale against Minnesota.
Seattle needed a starter for Thursday after Felix Hernandez was pushed back to start Friday against AL West-leading Oakland.
Walker was expected to start this weekend against Oakland, but Seattle will likely use Hisashi Iwakuma and Chris Young on normal rest for the final two games of the series. Walker was 1-1 in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A on June 30.
Pryor has not pitched in the majors since early in the 2013 season.
Mercury use big run to rout Storm 78-58
PHOENIX (AP) — Penny Taylor scored 14 points to lead a balanced offense and the Phoenix Mercury used a 19-0 run in the second quarter to rout the Seattle Storm 78-58 on Wednesday for a franchise-record eighth straight win.
The Mercury outscored the Storm 21-4 in the second quarter, including the 19-point run that finally ended on a Camille Little jumper with 28.8 seconds to go until halftime. The four points allowed in a quarter tied a Mercury franchise record low.
Brittney Griner added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Mercury (14-3), who have the best record in the league.
Angel Robinson scored 10 points to lead the Storm (8-13).
Sounders score 2 in extra time, beat Timbers 3-1
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Kenny Cooper scored on a header in the 110th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win over the Portland Timers on Wednesday night.
Cooper's goal came in the second half of extra time after Darlington Nagbe's goal in the final seconds of regulation forced an additional 30 minutes of play. Gonzalo Pineda sent a pass into the penalty area from 30 yards out and Cooper was able to flick it past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
Seattle held on over the final minutes, helped by the Timbers playing a man down after Diego Chara was given a red card in the 99th minute for his tackle of Seattle's Marco Pappa.
Pappa added an insurance goal in the 116th minute.
Osvaldo Alonso scored in the 69th minute to give Seattle a lead that held up until Nagbe's goal in second-half stoppage time.