SPORTS JUNE 11
Andre Ethier awakened from a recent slump with his fourth career grand slam to cap a six-run second inning and Chad Billingsley pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Sunday.
Shut down by six pitchers in Seattle's third no-hitter Friday night, the Dodgers rebounded to win the final two games of the interleague series.
Billingsley (4-4) won his second consecutive decision, giving up two hits and a solo homer to Kyle Seager in seven strong innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three, the third time in four starts that he has struck out eight.
He got all the offense he needed on one swing from Ethier, who had just one hit in his previous 27 at-bats before smacking a 3-2 fastball from starter Blake Beavan (3-6) into the right-field seats with two outs in the second.
Umpire Brian Runge With 2 No-Hitters Called In '12
Amid the chaos of the starter leaving with an injury, a two-base throwing error, three walks and five pitching changes, Brian Runge wasn't paying attention to the history the Seattle Mariners were making.
When six Mariners pitchers tossed the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history Friday night, Runge found his own chapter in the annals of baseball umpires.
Runge was the home plate umpire for Friday night's no-hitter in the Mariners' 1-0 win over the Dodgers. And he was behind the plate April 21 in Seattle when the White Sox's Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in baseball history.
Runge is the first umpire since Drew Coble in 1990 to be behind the plate for two no-hitters in one season.
Banks Accepts Seahawks Minicamp Tryout Offer
Brian Banks has accepted the offer of Seattle coach Pete Carroll and will get a formal tryout with the Seahawks during their upcoming minicamp.
The 26-year-old Banks was a one-time high school star at Long Beach Poly who was recently exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused.
Banks served more than five years in prison.
Banks' agent, Bruce Tollner confirmed Sunday that after flying to Kansas City for a workout with the Chiefs, Banks will return to the Pacific Northwest and take part in the Seahawks' minicamp. The minicamp starts Tuesday, but Banks' first day will be Wednesday.
Banks had a private workout at the Seahawks practice facility last Thursday.
Following the workout, Carroll said he wanted to bring Banks' back for the minicamp and see him on the field.
Oregon comes from behind to beat Kent State 3-2
Freshman right-hander Jake Reed allowed two runs and five hits to steady Oregon in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Sunday night that snapped Kent State's 21-game winning streak and pushed the NCAA super regional to a deciding third game.
Reed (8-4) struck out six over 6 2-3 innings for the Ducks, the national No. 5 seed who faced elimination by the upstart Golden Flashes after a series-opening 7-6 loss.
George Roberts homered and had an RBI double for Kent State (45-18), which is vying for its first ever appearance in the College World Series.
Oregon (46-18) is making its second trip to the postseason since it reinstated baseball in 2009 after a 26-year hiatus.
The Ducks have been to the College World Series just once, in 1954.
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