Weekend Roundup: Seager’s 3-run HR saves Mariners; Sounders thump Rapids

SEATTLE — Kyle Seager’s second home run of the game — a three-run shot to right in the eighth inning — helped the Seattle Mariners rally to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers to take the rubber match of this three-game set from Safeco Field on Sunday.

Seattle trailed 5-0, but scored one run each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings before Seager’s three-run blast off Alexi Ogando (1-2) completed the comeback.

Ogando struck out the first two batters he faced in the frame before Justin Smoak started the rally with a double to left. Pinch-hitter Dustin Ackley then reached on an infield single to set up Seager’s heroics.

Danny Farquhar (1-0) tossed a scoreless top of the eighth for Seattle and Fernando Rodney had a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

The Rangers scored twice in the second inning to open the scoring. Adrian Beltre doubled to start the stanza and moved to third on Alex Rios’ single. Mitch Moreland followed with an RBI single to right, plating Beltre. Rios also scored on the play after Stefen Romero’s error.

Texas’ fourth-inning rally put three more runs across and chased Seattle starter Brandon Maurer from the game. Rios reached on an infield single, Moreland doubled and Leonys Martin drove both runners in with a single to center.

Martin scored two batters later on Michael Choice’s double to left. Lucas Luetge took Maurer’s place on the hill and got Prince Fielder on a grounder back to the mound to end the frame.

Maurer allowed all five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 frames.

Seattle got a run back in the home half of the fourth when Robinson Cano ripped an RBI double to the wall in right-center.

Matt Harrison’s wild pitch in the sixth allowed Cano to score for Seattle’s second run, and Seager’s solo shot to start the seventh off Shawn Tolleson made it 5-3.

Harrison, who was making his first start after missing the early portion of the season following back surgery, allowed no hits through three innings. He allowed just three hits and two runs over six innings.


Sounders FC 4, Rapids 1

SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey bagged a brace at CenturyLink Field on Saturday to guide Seattle Sounders FC to a comfortable 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

The two sides were level until the closing stages of the first half when Seattle netted a stoppage-time opener. Obafemi Martins slipped a through ball into the path of Dempsey, who squared a pass for Lamar Neagle to tuck home from close range.

The Sounders emerged from halftime and picked up where they left off in the first half as Dempsey scored twice inside the opening seven minutes of the restart.

The United States international doubled Seattle’s advantage in the 47th minute by turning in a rebound conceded by Clint Irwin. He then added a third in the 52nd minute by getting on the end of Chad Marshall’s header and nodding the delivery over Irwin’s outstretched arm and into the back of the net.

Colorado pulled one back in the 62nd minute when Dillon Serna latched on to Nick LaBrocca’s through ball to slide one past Stefan Frei, but Seattle restored its three-goal lead with 15 minutes to play as Martins collected Neagle’s throw in and curled a shot past Irwin at the far post.

Seattle (5-2-1) is unbeaten in its last four league outings as it improves to 16 points on the season. Colorado (3-2-2) stays on 11 points, suffering its first defeat since falling to Sporting Kansas City on March 29.

Timbers 1, Dynamo 1

HOUSTON, Texas — The Portland Timbers are still searching for their first win of the 2014 season after the club finished in a 1-1 draw at the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.

Will Bruin’s 16th-minute goal put the Dynamo in front, but Gaston Fernandez netted his third goal of the campaign in the 33rd to cancel out the tally, giving the Timbers a third draw in their last four games.

Portland is now winless in its first eight games, while Houston is on a similar slide having failed to register a victory in its last six games.

Corey Ashe had a hand in the Dynamo’s goal when he released Brad Davis down the left wing. Davis got the end line and crossed the ball into the six-yard box for Bruin, who applied the finishing touch with his head from a few yards out.

The visitors equalized in the 33rd when a deflected pass from Jack Jewsbury fell to Fernandez near the penalty spot, allowing him to score on the turn with an impressive first-time shot that found the upper corner of the net.

Houston had the Timbers pinned back in their own half of the field for much of the second 45 minutes, but the home side didn’t take advantage as substitute Mark Sherrod failed to turn a shot on goal from eight yards after a good setup form Andrew Driver.

Auto Racing

Logano wins at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano prevailed in a four-car battle for the lead in the closing laps to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Logano ran in fourth for the final restart with nine laps to go. Matt Kenseth led the way, but Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon battled Kenseth for the top spot following the restart.

While Kenseth, Keselowski and Gordon were bumping into each other, Logano moved to the inside of them and took over the lead with four laps to go. Logano beat Gordon to the finish line by 0.9 seconds for his second win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. His first victory came earlier this month at Texas.

It’s the first time Logano won a short-track race in the series. Prior to this event, he had never led a lap at Richmond, a three-quarter-mile track.

Kenseth passed Gordon and took the lead for the first time with 39 laps remaining. The race featured nine cautions, with the final three occurring within the final 33 laps.

Logano joined Kevin Harvick as those drivers with multiple wins this season. Logano also locked in his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, barring he doesn’t fall out of the top-30 in points or miss any races. He is currently sixth in the standings.

Gordon led the most laps with 173, while Logano ran in front for a total of 46 laps.

Kyle Busch finished third, while Logano’s Team Penske teammate, Keselowski, took the fourth spot. Kenseth ended up in fifth.

After the race concluded, tempers flared on pit road and in the garage area. Keselowski walked over to Kenseth’s car on pit road to express his displeasure towards Kenseth. Keselowski also brake-checked him during the cool-down lap.

Kenseth claimed he was racing Keselowski hard for the win.

Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose had a more dramatic argument after the race, as both drivers traded punches in the garage before crew members from both teams intervened. The two had been battling for position in the final laps. Ambrose finished 18th and Mears 19th.

There were indeed a lot of emotions at the end of this 400-lap race at Richmond.

Allmendinger finished sixth, while Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top-10.


Hall of Fame coach Ramsay dies

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay has died. He was 89 years old.

According to ESPN, one of the networks for which Ramsay worked as a broadcaster after his successful coaching career, the long-time NBA and college mentor died in his sleep Monday in Florida after a long battle with cancer.

“Today, the NBA family mourns the loss of one of the true legends of our game, Dr. Jack Ramsay,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver in a statement. “From his coaching tenure to his broadcast work, Dr. Jack left an indelible mark on every facet of our game and on every person he came in contact with, including me. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.”

The Philadelphia native landed his first NBA head coaching job with the 76ers in 1968, after helping build the team’s 1966-67 championship squad as general manager, and spent four seasons guiding his hometown team. He also coached the Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers in a 21-year career.

Ramsay won an NBA title in 1977 with Portland, beating the 76ers. He had an overall record of 864-783 with 17 playoff appearances.

“The Portland Trail Blazers and indeed the NBA have lost an authentic original in Dr. Jack Ramsay,” said Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen. “In leading this franchise to its first NBA championship, Dr. Jack set a standard of excellence for his players, coaches and all who crossed his path. He was that rarest of men with a unique style that was inspirational and motivational about basketball and life itself. We loved him as a coach, as a broadcaster and as a human being.”

Prior to his NBA career, Ramsay coached at his alma mater, Saint Joseph’s, for 11 seasons. The Hawks were 234-72 with seven NCAA Tournament appearances from 1955-66 under Ramsay, reaching the school’s only Final Four in 1961.

“Dr. Jack Ramsay was a legendary figure in Philadelphia and a man whose passion and contributions to this city and the game of basketball will long be remembered,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “He left an indelible mark on the basketball community — from the Big 5 to our organization and throughout his storied career within the NBA — and was a friend and mentor to those who knew him, both on- and off-the-court. On behalf of the Sixers organization, we truly mourn the loss and send our deepest condolences to the entire Ramsay family.”

Ramsay retired as the second-winningest coach in NBA history and later had a long basketball broadcasting career. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Blazers top Rockets in OT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wesley Matthews wrestled the ball away from Dwight Howard to start overtime and stripped the ball from Patrick Beverley to end it.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard didn’t hit his team’s biggest shots, but he may have made the two biggest plays.

And in a series this close, where overtime wins outnumber regulation wins by a 3-to-1 margin, sometimes the little things aren’t so little.

Nicolas Batum scored five of his 25 points in overtime and the Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 123-120 on Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Blazers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set heading into Game 5 on Wednesday in Houston.

Howard’s dunk with 3.6 seconds remaining in a thrill-a-minute fourth quarter tied the game for Houston, but he lost a wrestling match with Matthews for the ball on the first possession of overtime.

Matthews called a timeout, Chandler Parsons hit LaMarcus Aldridge across the face at the other end for a Flagrant 1 foul and Aldridge made his free throws for the first points of overtime.

Still, the game was tied until Batum scored five straight to spark a 7-0 run that gave the Blazers the lead for good. He made a 3-pointer after Aldridge stripped Howard under the Rockets’ basket, then found Damian Lillard in transition for a layup and 117-110 lead with 2:19 to play.

Troy Daniels, the former D-League player and unexpected hero for the Rockets in Game 3 when he hit the winning 3 in the closing seconds of overtime, made his first three NBA foul shots to get them within a point with 8.9 seconds left.

After Mo Williams made two free throws at the other end, Matthews stepped in front of Beverley just beyond midcourt and knocked the ball loose, sealing the win — Portland’s second in overtime in the series.

Aldridge scored a game-high 29 points for the fifth-seeded Blazers, Lillard had 23 and Matthews added 21.

James Harden had 28 points to lead the Rockets, Parsons scored 26 — but just seven after halftime — and Howard ended with 25 points and 14 rebounds.


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