ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 last night. Rookie Grant Green hit a three-run double to help Jerome Williams win his fourth straight start. The Angels won for the 21st time in 28 games. Earlier in the day, they were officially eliminated from postseason contention. Williams allowed one run, five hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 last night. Ellis homered in the fourth off rookie Burch Smith. Puig then connected on a shot to center field off Tim Stauffer in the seventh that was estimated at 457 feet. Kershaw reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 yesterday behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo. Parker allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and Callaspo matched his career highs with four hits and had three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A's.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Brett Hundley passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 13 UCLA scored a 59-13 victory over New Mexico State last night despite three turnovers. Jordon James rushed for a career-best 164 yards and two scores as UCLA routed the undermanned Aggies. Steven Manfro, Devin Fuller and Shaq Evans caught scoring passes from Hundley for the Bruins. Meanwhile, up north at Stanford, the Cardinal routed Arizona State 42-28 yesterday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture scored on a power play 3:28 into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night. Couture's winner gave the Sharks their second victory of the preseason just 32 seconds after the Coyotes were called for having too many men on the ice. Just 52 seconds into the second, the Sharks capitalized on a four-minute double-minor penalty to Chris Brown and tied it up when Freddie Hamilton quickly scored on a power play.