SPORTS JULY 8
Jason Vargas pitched a seven-hitter to win for the first time in more than a month, and the Seattle Mariners snapped Oakland's five-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory Saturday night.
Kyle Seager hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three, Brendan Ryan added a two-RBI double in the second and Ichiro Suzuki singled up the middle in the fifth to snap a career-worst 0-for-23 hitless stretch as the Mariners scored their most runs since a 14-10 loss at Arizona on June 20.
Vargas tossed his sixth career complete game and first since July 6 last year at Oakland. He struck out six and walked one in a 107-pitch gem that featured four double plays by his defense.
Casper Wells homered to help Vargas (8-7) end a five-start winless stretch in which he went 0-3 since a win at Anaheim on June 4.
Royals Claim Catcher Adam Moore From Mariners
The Kansas City Royals have claimed catcher Adam Moore on waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
Kansas City optioned Moore to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
Seattle designated the oft-injured Moore for assignment on July 1.
The 28-year-old Moore played in 68 games for the Mariners from 2009-11 with a .197 batting average, five homers and 17 RBIs. He has hit .209 with three home runs and 11 RBIs this season at Triple-A Tacoma.
Miller Resigns As Blazers President
Larry Miller has resigned as president of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The team announced Miller's surprising departure Saturday. The team says he is leaving to take a position with another Portland-area business.
Miller was president of the Blazers the past five years. He helped oversee the team's hiring of Neil Olshey as general manager early last month.
During Miller's tenure, the Blazers returned to the postseason for the first time in six seasons, making three straight trips to the playoffs from 2009-2011. Portland was 28-38 last season and missed the playoffs.
Sounders Down Rapids 2-1
Alvaro Fernandez scored on a header in the 52nd minute and Eddie Johnson scored in the 64th and the Seattle Sounders halted a nine-game winless streak on Saturday night by beating the Colorado Rapids 2-1.
Mauro Rosales assisted on both goals.
The Sounders (8-5-6, 30 points) had not won since a 2-0 decision at Dallas on May 9. Between then and Saturday, they went 0-4-5.
Saturday's game marked the return of Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani. He played for the first time since April 22, 2011, when he suffered a broken right leg during a game in Colorado on a hard tackle by Brian Mullan. The Rapids forward was suspended for 10 games. Zakuani came on early in the 86th minute to a loud standing ovation from the 39,060 fans.
Second-half sub Omar Cummings scored in the 79th minute for Colorado (7-10-1, 22 points), which has lost two straight and four of its past five. An apparent tying goal by Jeff Larentowicz midway through the 85th minute was flagged offside.
Saborio's 3 Goals Lift Real Salt Lake To 3-0 Win
Alvaro Saborio scored three second-half goals to help Real Salt Lake earn a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
RSL (11-6-3) snapped a four-game winless streak. Salt Lake also snapped a three-game winless streak at its home stadium. Portland (5-8-4) lost its third straight road game and is still winless away from home this season.
Saborio broke a prolonged scoring drought for RSL in the 60th minute. Luis Gil crossed the ball up top to Kyle Beckerman. Then Beckerman floated a pass down to Saborio in the center of the box. Saborio headed in the ball to make it 1-0.
He came up with an even better goal two minutes later. Chris Wingert fired a pass deep into the center of the box. Saborio met the ball on the run and headed it past Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins to lift Salt Lake to a 2-0 advantage.
Whitecaps, Chivas USA Finish In Draw
Joe Cannon earned his MLS-best eighth shutout of the season and the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chivas USA played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday night.
The match was physical and featured six yellow cards from referee Juan Guzman.
With the match confined to midfield, both teams struggled to generate scoring chances. But it was Cannon who was the most active of the two goalkeepers, making four saves.
Cannon's finest moment came in the 73rd minute when the 37-year-old goalkeeper made a one-handed stop on a Paolo Cardozo free kick from the edge of the box.
Sparks Bounce Storm 83-59
Kristi Toliver scored 23 points to lead all five starters in double-digit scoring and the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the injury-depleted Seattle Storm 83-59 on Saturday.
Candace Parker scored 17 points, DeLisha Milton-Jones 15, Nneka Ogwumike 13 and Alana Beard 10. Toliver, coming off a career-high tying 29-point game, went 9 for 14 from the field to lead an excellent game by the starters.
Los Angeles did not get any points from its bench until Jantel Lavender scored with fewer than three minutes remaining.
The Sparks (12-6) improved to 4-0 this season against the Storm, who finished the game with seven healthy players after Tina Thompson left with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.
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