Monday, October 5
Rams' Gurley, Foles send Cardinals to 1st loss, 24-22
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Gurley rushed for all but two of his 146 yards in the second half and the St. Louis Rams held on to hand the Arizona Cardinals their first loss of the season, 24-22 on Sunday.
Gurley, the Rams' first-round draft pick, saw his most extensive action as a pro and his 52-yard run set up what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns, two after Arizona turnovers, and St. Louis' defense held the Cardinals (3-1) to field goals on four of five trips inside the red zone.
Arizona had a third-and-2 at the Rams 43 in the final minutes, but Carson Palmer overthrew receivers on consecutive plays to turn the ball over on downs.
The Rams (2-2) are 2-0 against the NFC West.
Houston headed to playoffs despite 5-3 loss to Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — The Houston Astros are going to the playoffs for the first time in a decade despite ending the regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
The Astros led the AL wild-card race by a game heading into Sunday. They shared a few high fives in the dugout in the eighth inning after clinching it when the Los Angeles Angels lost to Texas.
Houston finished 86-76 to reach the postseason for the first time since playing the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series. The Astros will play their first American League playoff game Tuesday night, against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Not bad for a team that had three 100-loss seasons before going 70-92 in 2014.
Arizona went 79-83 in its first season under general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, a 15-game improvement from finishing with baseball's worst record in 2014.
Strome assigned to Erie after strong push to make Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have assigned center Dylan Strome to Erie of the OHL after their first-round pick from this year's draft made a strong push for a roster spot.
Arizona used the third overall pick in the 2015 draft on Strome, behind Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Jack Eichel of Buffalo.
The Coyotes are undergoing a youth movement and Strome was impressive during camp, but they decided to send him back to his junior team to gain more experience.
The Coyotes also assigned goalie Louis Domingue and left wing Matthias Plachta to Springfield of the AHL.
Dickerson, Morneau, Rockies rally for 7 in 9th, beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer, pinch-hitter Justin Morneau delivered a two-run single and the Colorado Rockies rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3.
The Giants finished 84-78, a year after winning 88 games in the regular season and going on to take their third World Series title in five seasons.
Colorado's comeback spoiled Matt Cain's outing. He started for the first time in six weeks and pitched two-hit ball for five scoreless innings.
The Giants wound up using 11 pitchers. They took a two-hit shutout into the final inning before the Rockies rallied. Charlie Blackmon also drove in a pair of runs for the Rockies.
Rex Brothers (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. George Kontos (4-4) took the loss.
Rodgers leads Packers past 49ers, Green Bay stays unbeaten
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score, and the Green Bay Packers beat the hapless San Francisco 49ers 17-3 on Sunday for their first 4-0 start in four years.
Richard Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on the game's opening drive before Rodgers got his team going in the second half after a slow start to snap a four-game losing streak to San Francisco, which included a pair of playoff defeats.
Clay Matthews added his own flair to this one. When he sacked Colin Kaepernick in the third quarter, he kissed his right biceps Kaepernick-style to punctuate the play — one of Green Bay's six sacks.
While methodical with nothing fancy, Green Bay (4-0) seemed unfazed with a short week and long trip West after beating Kansas City last Monday night.