Cano Homers Twice For Mariners In 4-3 Win Over Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano snapped a season-long slump with a pair of two-run homers against his former team, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched neatly into the sixth and the Seattle Mariners held on to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 Saturday.

Batting .249 with just six homers and 30 RBIs coming in, Cano has taken the brunt of the blame for the Mariners' subpar first half. But he came out swinging against the team he spurned for a huge contract with Seattle before the 2014 season.

The second baseman responded to hearty first-inning boos with a blast off Michael Pineda (9-6) over the center field wall with Kyle Seager aboard, helping the Mariners end a seven-game skid against New York.

Brian McCann hit a tying two-out, two-run shot off Iwakuma (2-1) in the fourth.

Carson Smith gave up an RBI grounder to Garrett Jones in the ninth before getting Didi Gregorius to ground out to Cano with the tying run on second base for his seventh save.

July 18, 2015

Doyle's Late Goal Boosts Rapids Past Sounders, 1-0

SEATTLE (AP) - Kevin Doyle scored on a counterattack in the 84th minute on Saturday night, boosting the Colorado Rapids past the Seattle Sounders, 1-0.

The Rapids (5-6-9, 24 points) not only won their third straight game, they came away from Seattle with a victory for the first time since the Sounders joined Major League Soccer in 2009. Colorado had been 0-8-1 at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle (10-9-2, 32 points) lost for the fifth in six games, and has been shut out in four of those.

Jared Watts started the scoring play by sending a long ball up the field. Doyle, the Irish international who joined the Rapids in March, caught up with it and got just enough space around Sounders defender Zach Scott to send a shot from inside the top left of the penalty area into the far side of the net.

It was Doyle's second goal of the season.

Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin made three saves to pick up his seventh shutout of the year.

July 18, 2015

Whitecaps And Timbers Play To 1-All Draw

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Matias Laba scored in the 58th minute to pull the Vancouver Whitecaps even in a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in a Cascadia Cup rivalry match Saturday night.

Diego Valeri scored in the first half for the Timbers (9-7-5), who had won six of their previous eight games. Portland, coming off a 3-0 loss at Philadelphia last weekend, was jockeying with the Whitecaps for position in the Western Conference.

With a win, Vancouver (10-8-3) could have pulled even with FC Dallas atop the standings, despite dropping its previous two matches.

The match ended on a contentious note. Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey was sent off with a red card in stoppage time after a slide tackle from behind on Valeri. There a shoving match between the teams at the final whistle, and Portland's Will Johnson appeared to exchange words with the officials, resulting in a yellow card and then a red.

July 18, 2015

Seattle Wins 2nd Straight, Beating Atlanta 86-73

SEATTLE (AP) - Alysha Clarke and Ramu Tokashiki scored 14 points apiece and the Seattle Storm led nearly wire-to-wire for their second straight victory, 86-73 over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday night.

Clarke was 4 of 7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Tokashiki was 6 of 9. Sue Bird had 12 assists, two shy of her career best to help Seattle improve to 5-12.

Seattle was down 2-0 when Bird lofted a pass inside to Takashiki, who scored a turnaround jumper in the paint, igniting a 14-0 run. In the run, Bird scooped up one of Atlanta's 19 turnovers, led a fast break and tossed a one-handed pass to Clarke, who pulled up on the left wing to make a 23-footer.

With Atlanta (7-9) trailing by 15, slumping Angel McCoughtry opened the second half with three baskets in 1:17. She finished with 16 points, leaving her four shy of 4,000 for her career.

July 18, 2015

Yankees Beat Mariners 4-3

mariners whiteNEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees overcame two homers by Kyle Seager to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Friday night. Left off the AL All-Star team, a rested A-Rod hit his 19th homer of the season and 673rd of his career. He connected 10 days before his 40th birthday.

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