Rockies rally, sweep Giants in short series


Rockies rally, sweep Giants in short series

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies turned to their Big Os - Ubaldo, CarGo and Tulo - to snap out of their funk and send a message to the San Francisco Giants that they're not going to fade away.Carlos Gonzalez's two-run single off Javier Lopez capped a four-run eighth-inning rally and the Rockies surged back into first place in the NL West with a 5-3 win Tuesday over the Giants.With the two-game sweep, the Rockies, who also got a solo homer from Troy Tulowitzki, moved a half game ahead of San Francisco in the division, and they snapped a streak of nine straight losses in games started by ace Ubaldo Jimenez.Although he's still searching for his first win since Sept. 17, Jimenez showed signs of his old self, giving up three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking just one."It felt really good to have a game like that," Jimenez said. "The last five games that I had have been really bad and today I was able to locate the fastball."Jimenez said the outing gave him confidence that he's getting back to being his old dominant self.
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Through seven innings it appeared as though the Giants were going to get their sixth win in eight tries against the Rockies and leave town with a 1 12-game lead over their rivals."It's nice to walk out of here being in first place," Tulowitzki said. "They have been beating us up the whole year, so it's nice to kind of answer back, throw a few punches and prove to them that we're going to be in this thing for the long haul."Gonzalez, whose three-run homer off Tim Lincecum propelled Colorado past the Giants 7-4 on Monday night, grounded a fastball to right field to snap a 3-3 tie in the eighth and make a winner of Matt Belisle (4-2), who worked one inning of relief.It was the first time all season that the Rockies won a game in which they trailed after seven innings.Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 tries. He gave up a one-out single to Cody Ross but started a game-ending double play on Andres Torres' screaming comebacker.
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Jonathan Sanchez (3-3) allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter over the first seven innings but gave up back-to-back singles to Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta leading off the eighth, then threw away Alfredo Amezaga's sacrifice bunt, allowing Spilborghs to score from second base and pull Colorado to 3-2."It was an easy out at first," Sanchez said. "I should have made that play I think that's why we lost. Amezaga is pretty fast and I just wanted to make sure I got him out and I threw the ball away."His blunder was reminiscent of the night before, when Lincecum's throwing error led to four unearned runs."That's the third time on this road trip where we've thrown the ball away and it's hurt us," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who promised his pitchers would be doing some spring training drills this week.Aside from Sanchez's bad throw to first, Bochy couldn't complain about his lefty who had walked 14 batters in his previous three starts but had pinpoint control Tuesday.Lopez replaced Sanchez and Dexter Fowler sent his ninth pitch over the center fielder's head for a ground-rule RBI double to tie it at 3.One out later, Gonzalez pulled a fastball to right to score Amezaga and Fowler."He likes to go corner to corner, and after I saw the first-pitch cutter away, I was just expecting something close to me on the inside part. He tried to come in and I was ready for the pitch," said Gonzalez, who was admonished by his teammates to calm down after he took a big swing at the first pitch in the dirt.Gonzalez stepped out, gathered himself and delivered another game-winner for the Rockies and backbreaker for the Giants."If the season ended today, I supposed we'd be panicked," Lopez said. "But, I mean, we've got three quarters left so I think we're OK."Tulowitzki tied it at 1 when he led off the bottom of the second with his 11th homer after Miguel Tejada's RBI single in the top half, but the Giants grabbed the lead right back on Pat Burrell's two-run double in the third, when he sent Jimenez's 96 mph heater on a 3-and-0 count into the gap in left-center, driving in Mike Fontenot and Buster Posey, who had reached on two-out singles.Jimenez worked out of two more jams, including one in the seventh when Sanchez led off with a double and was stranded at third.Jimenez cracked the cuticle on his right thumb on the eve of the opener last month, and the injury zapped the zip from his fastball and stole the spin from his breaking pitches. After his first career stint on the disabled list, he had been unable to find any consistency, command or confidence.The Rockies pored over film from last year's 15-1 start and compared them to this year. They discovered he was rocking back too far in his delivery and so they tweaked things during side sessions over the weekend.It worked wonders."I didn't even have to think when I got to the mound," Jimenez said. "I didn't have to worry about my mechanics because I was repeating it every time. It felt really good."Notes: Giants IF Freddy Sanchez took the day off with swelling in his left knee that's bothered him for a couple of days. ... The Giants hadn't lost a series since April 29-May 2 against Washington. ... Tulowitzki's 11 homers lead all major league shortstops.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip


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.


Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game


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.