Sunday, September 25
Kershaw dominates, Dodgers win; NL West magic number to 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keep the champagne on ice and the ski goggles on the shelf. The Dodgers were left waiting to clinch their fourth consecutive NL West title.
They certainly did their part.
Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, Josh Reddick slugged a grand slam in the seventh and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Saturday night to reduce its magic number to one with its fourth straight win.
The Dodgers just didn't get any help from the Padres.
San Diego rallied from 6-0 down but then lost at home to San Francisco 9-6 in 10 innings. The final outs were shown on the video board at Dodger Stadium, with fans booing when the Giants won.
"They gave us a lot of hope there," Kershaw said of the Padres' comeback. "But we'll wait until tomorrow."
Los Angeles is on the brink of becoming the first team to win four straight NL West titles.
Giants blow 6-run lead before beating Padres 9-6 in 10
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 Saturday night and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings.
Angel Pagan scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the 10th, followed by Span's 11th homer, off Kevin Quackenbush (7-7).
The Giants, who had given Madison Bumgarner a 6-0 lead before the left-hander allowed three home runs, pulled into a wild-card tie with the Mets. The St. Louis Cardinals are a half game back.
Will Smith (2-4) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Sergio Romo came on with a runner on first and no outs in the 10th. He struck out rookie Manuel Margot and allowed Alexi Amarista's single before Wil Myers grounded into a game-ending double play for his third save.
Andrus hits pair of 2-run homers for division champ Rangers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won another AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit a pair of two-run homers in the Rangers' 5-0 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
Yu Darvish (6-5) had all the run support he needed on a couple of big swings from Andrus, who had his first career multi-homer game. Andrus, who volunteered to play and will get a break Sunday, also established career highs for homers with eight and RBIs with 68.
Darvish allowed only Stephen Vogt's two-out single in the first until Yonder Alonso singled with one out in the fifth. Marcus Semien followed with a walk, but Darvish escaped unscathed.
Manager Jeff Banister rested his regulars aside from right fielder Nomar Mazara and Andrus, who had his second career four-RBI game.
Angels score 9 runs in last 2 frames to beat Astros 10-4
HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second straight game in a 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
It's the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs in the ninth inning on Friday night to win 10-6.
It was another costly loss for the Astros, who fell to three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and C.J. Cron each added two RBIs for Los Angeles.
The Angels trailed by three entering the eighth before hitting three straight singles with one out to make it 4-2 and chase rookie Chris Devenski. Luke Gregerson (4-2) took over and was greeted by a soft liner from Trout which dropped for an RBI single to get Los Angeles within one.
Sporting beats Quakes 2-1, 1st win in San Jose since 2000
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Ellis scored his first goal of the season in the 81st minute and Sporting Kansas City beat the Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in San Jose since August 16th, 2000.
Benny Feilhaber's corner slipped through a group of leaping players and connected with Ellis,, who deflected it in off his back heel. Kansas City (12-12-7) was 0-10-5 in Northern California since its last victory.
Simon Dawkins tied it for San Jose (7-9-13) in the 42nd minute. Henok Goitom chased down a loose ball near the 6-yard box and flicked it back to Dawkins for an easy finish.
Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Sporting KC in the seventh minute, heading home Paulo Nagamura's diagonal cross into the far corner.
Quincy Amarikwa and Jordan Stewart both left the game for San Jose with injuries in the first half.
No. 7 Stanford rallies past UCLA 22-13
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Burns with 24 seconds to play, and No. 7 Stanford rallied on its final drive for its ninth consecutive victory over UCLA, 22-13 Saturday night.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards for the Cardinal (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12), who haven't lost to their downstate rivals since 2008.
After struggling on offense for 3 1/2 quarters at the Rose Bowl, Stanford put together a 70-yard winning drive capped by Burns' fade to Arcega-Whiteside, who got one foot inbounds on an acrobatic play. Solomon Thomas then returned Josh Rosen's fumble 42 yards for a touchdown on the game's final play.
Rosen passed for 248 yards for the Bruins (2-2, 0-1). UCLA's defense faltered late after severely limiting the Cardinal and McCaffrey, who had his 14th consecutive 100-yard rushing game, for most of the night at the Rose Bowl.
After trailing for most of the night, the defending Pac-12 champions narrowly celebrated yet another victory on the same turf where they won the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day. Even with the cheap final touchdown, Stanford had its lowest-scoring performance since the 2015 season opener.
Rosen got the Bruins to midfield in the final seconds, but couldn't reach field goal range before fumbling on a sack from behind.
Tulsa overcomes 31-point deficit, beats Fresno State in 2OT
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Dane Evans threw four touchdown passes and ran in the game-winning 18-yard touchdown in the second overtime as Tulsa rallied from 31 points down to beat Fresno State 48-41 on Saturday for the program's largest comeback victory.
Evans was 22 of 32 for 273 yards, Keevan Lucas caught two 40-yard touchdowns, and Josh Atkinson and Justin Hobbs each had scoring catches. D'Angelo Brewer ran for a career-best 252 yards on 46 carries, and James Flanders ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for Tulsa (3-1).
Aaron Peck caught a pass from Chason Virgil on the Bulldogs' second play of overtime but he fumbled. Then Tulsa's Redford Jones missed a 42-yard field goal to force a second OT.
Virgil ran for two scores, and threw a 65-yard TD strike to Jamire Jordan to give the Bulldogs a 31-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Virgil threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-17 to end it.
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Iowa State drills San Jose State 44-10
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Park threw for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa State thumped San Jose State 44-10 on Saturday, giving coach Matt Campbell his first win with the Cyclones.
Mike Warren rushed for a season-high 103 yards for Iowa State (1-3), which finally had some success rotating starter Joel Lanning and Park.
Lanning was 5 of 8 passing for 136 yards and two TDs.
The Cyclones needed just 7:51 and 24 plays to put up 23 points — a season high for a game — in the first half. Lanning's 49-yard TD pass to Deshaunte Jones made it 30-3 early in the second half.
San Jose State freshman Josh Love threw for 155 yards, but he was also picked off four times. The Spartans (1-3) sorely missed starter Kenny Potter, who was out with a right leg injury.