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Giants top Rockies in 9th for second straight night

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Giants top Rockies in 9th for second straight night

May 7, 2011BOX SCORE GIANTS VIDEOMLB PAGE MLB SCOREBOARD
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mike Fontenot made a big play with his glove in the top of the ninth inning. Then he came through with his bat.Just another routine day for Team Torture.Fontenot's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth drove in Aaron Rowand and lifted the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, the second walk-off win at AT&T Park in two nights for the defending World Series champs."It's like last year - there's magic inside," Fontenot said after the first game-ending RBI of his career. "It can definitely get us going. To get a chance to come back home and pull off two walk-off wins is huge for us."Fontenot has delivered repeatedly for the Giants since being moved to the No. 3 slot in the batting order after Pablo Sandoval broke his right hand in late April.After the Rockies scored twice in the seventh to tie it 2-all, San Francisco reliever Brian Wilson struck out Ian Stewart to start the ninth. Pinch-hitter Seth Smith followed with a sharp liner up the middle that appeared headed for a hit until Fontenot raced over from shortstop and caught the ball at the edge of the outfield grass.That was big because the next two Colorado hitters reached base before Wilson (2-1) got Dexter Fowler to ground out.Fontenot then gave the Giants their second consecutive win over the NL West-leading Rockies."It's similar to last year," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't do anything easy."Rowand and Freddy Sanchez hit back-to-back singles off Felipe Paulino (0-3) to begin the ninth-inning rally. After a pitching change, Franklin Morales threw a wild pitch that sailed over the head of catcher Chris Iannetta and advanced both runners. On the next pitch, Fontenot hit a deep fly to right that easily scored Rowand.It's the third straight game the Rockies have lost in walk-off fashion. Colorado also lost to San Francisco on Friday when Sanchez hit an RBI single off Paulino in the ninth."It's frustrating in that it was so similar to last night and the two prior days in Arizona," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We had opportunities to get the hit to put us ahead and right now we're just not getting it."San Francisco turned three double plays in the first six innings and built a 2-0 lead against starter Clayton Mortensen, but had to come through late to send Colorado tumbling to a 1-4 record on its current six-game road trip.The Rockies threatened against Wilson in the top of the ninth. The major league leader in saves a year ago, Wilson retired the first two batters, then gave up a single to Iannetta and walked pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Fowler grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.Mortensen, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make the start, ran into trouble early.Rowand drew a four-pitch walk in the first, took second on Sanchez's single and scored two batters later on Buster Posey's groundout.The Giants added an unearned run in the fifth. Sanchez came through again with an RBI double that drove in Miguel Tejada after he reached on a throwing error.Giants starter Madison Bumgarner kept the Rockies off balance early and got plenty of help from San Francisco's defense, which turned double plays in the third, fifth and sixth. Posey also threw out Fowler trying to steal in the fourth to end another potential threat.Colorado broke through in the seventh. Alfredo Amezaga and Carlos Gonzalez singled, and a throwing error by Bumgarner loaded the bases before Todd Helton hit a two-run single.That chased Bumgarner, winless in seven starts this season."I don't care if I don't win a game all year as long as we win," said Bumgarner, who had five strikeouts and two walks.The Rockies loaded the bases again in the eighth with two outs, but Javier Lopez got Helton to ground out weakly to first.NOTES: To make room for Mortensen, the Rockies placed RHP Esmil Rogers on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat muscle strain. ... San Francisco LHP Barry Zito threw on flat ground for a second consecutive day but there is no date set for when he'll begin throwing off a mound. Zito has been on the DL since April 17 with a mid-foot sprain. ... INF Mark DeRosa (left wrist) and OF Andres Torres (Achilles' strain) will both make one more appearance in the minors and could rejoin the Giants as soon as Tuesday. ... The three double plays were the most by the Giants since they had four against Pittsburgh on May 7, 2008. ... Mortensen's previous seven starts all came in the American League with Oakland.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

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NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.