Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Antti Niemi made 24 saves.
Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals before Jonathan Quick allowed seven goals in the final two periods. Los Angeles heads home for Game 3 on Tuesday looking to get back into this series.
Chavez gets 1st win, A's complete sweep of Astros
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice to back another solid start by Jesse Chavez, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep.
Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard added two hits apiece for the A's, who have won 11 of 13. Oakland has the best record in the American League despite a shaky defense that committed its AL-leading 19th error.
Chavez allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth. Chavez struck out three and walked one to lower his team-leading ERA to 1.38 through four starts.
Houston has dropped seven straight.
Posey, Lincecum lead Giants to 4-3 win
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a two-run home run and Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) earned his first victory of the season for the San Francisco Giants, who had only three hits Sunday in beating San Diego 4-3 Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Padres pitchers retired 23 of the final 24 batters and the Giants didn't get a hit after the second inning.
The Giants had scored only one run in each of their previous three games.
Lincecum was chased by Nick Hundley's first homer of the season, on the first pitch of the seventh inning that pulled the Padres to 4-3. Lincecum allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
Young Clippers try to mature against Warriors
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clippers insist they just weren't themselves in losing their series opener. They chalk it up to being too amped, which led to mistakes on both ends.
Whoever those impostors might have been, the Golden State Warriors beat them 109-105 to take away home-court advantage.
Now comes the test for both young teams. The Clippers don't have a history of playoff success, while the Warriors have had little since winning an NBA championship in 1975.
Since Chris Paul arrived in Los Angeles three years ago, the Clippers had never lost the opening game of a first-round series.
The Warriors proved resilient in rallying from a 12-1 deficit to start Saturday's game, and then withstood the Clippers' fourth-quarter comeback that tied the game with 1½ minutes left.
Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday.
Puig's second homer of the season came after a two-out intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez.
Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two.
Jamey Wright got three outs for his 93rd career victory, spread over 19 big league seasons and 10 different clubs.
The Dodgers won on manager Don Mattingly's 53rd birthday.
Josh Collmenter gave up Puig's homer.
Tigers edge sloppy Angels 2-1
DETROIT (AP) - Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of four Los Angeles errors in a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Three of those errors came on one play in the first inning, allowing Detroit's Ian Kinsler to score from first on a walk. Then in the sixth, Angels catcher Hank Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. It was his second error of the game, and Jackson went to second.
Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1.
Porcello allowed a run and five hits, striking out four and walking one. Three relievers finished, with Joe Nathan pitching the ninth for his third save in five chances.
Hector Santiago allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out seven.
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