Giants beat Dodgers 4-2 behind Bumgarner
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw, and the San Francisco Giants held off the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 4-2 win on Friday night when Adrian Gonzalez's hard grounder took a fortunate hop for the final out.
With runners on first and third and two outs, Gonzalez hit the ball off Sergio Romo's leg, and the ball bounced to third baseman Joaquin Arias, who threw to first for the final out.
Hunter Pence homered and scored twice and the Giants got to Kershaw (14-9) with four consecutive singles to start the seventh.
Bumgarner (12-9) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, extending his streak of allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his past 18 starts. The left-hander struck out six and walked two.
Romo got the final four outs to earn his 34th save in 38 chances. He gave up consecutive singles to start the ninth, putting the tying runs on with no outs.
Yasiel Puig struck out swinging and Nick Punto hit into a fielder's choice groundout before pinch-hitter Gonzalez's ground out.
A's top Rangers 9-8 to start key AL West series
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Oakland Athletics survived a shaky night from the bullpen to extend their AL West lead with a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
The A's handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss and moved 4½ games ahead of Texas in the opener of the final series of the regular season between the past two AL West champions.
Cespedes' 23rd homer came off Derek Holland (9-9), who is winless in a career-high seven straight starts.
Dan Straily (10-7) allowed two hits in 5 2-3 innings to win his fourth straight start and beat Texas for the second time in 11 days.
Dominguez hits grand slam, Astros beat Angels 9-7
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in left field to extend the lead to 9-4.
Dallas Keuchel (6-9) yielded 10 hits and six runs, but tied his career high by striking out nine in 5 2-3 innings for his first win since July 27. Josh Fields struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Houston tagged Angels starter Jason Vargas (8-7) for nine hits and a season-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings.
Padres beat Braves 4-3 with 2 runs in 8th
ATLANTA (AP) — Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in San Diego's two-run eighth and the Padres beat Atlanta 4-3 on Friday night to spoil Braves rookie David Hale's debut.
Hale pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine, the most by a Braves pitcher in his first major league game.
Justin Upton and Brian McCann hit home runs off Ian Kennedy in the third inning to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.
The Padres scored two runs in the seventh and tied the game on Headley's leadoff homer off Jordan Walden (4-3) in the eighth.
Walden walked Tommy Medica, who moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Forsythe's pinch-hit single to center field off Scott Downs.
Nick Vincent (5-3) had three strikeouts in the seventh. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth before Huston Street got the final three outs for his 30th save.
Rangers' Rios, Garza ejected against A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Alex Rios and Matt Garza were ejected late in the Texas Rangers' game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday.
Third base umpire Andy Fletcher booted Rios after calling the right fielder out when he tried to advance from first to third on Adrian Beltre's two-out single in the bottom of the eighth. Rios argued that he had slid in ahead of Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes' throw to third baseman Josh Donaldson. Fletcher's call ended Texas' six-run rally in the inning.
When Fletcher ruled in the top of the ninth on appeal that the A's Coco Crisp had not swung at a pitch from Jason Frasor, Rangers players in the dugout along the first-base line were irate. First base umpire Joe West, the crew chief, approached the dugout and ejected Garza. The right-hander did not play in the game.
Plucky Kiwis at it again in America's Cup
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The plucky Kiwis are at it again.
Nearly 20 years after beating Mr. America's Cup himself, Dennis Conner, Team New Zealand is on course to scuttle software billionaire Larry Ellison's hopes of keeping sailing's biggest prize.
With thousands of their countrymen swarming the waterfront to cheer them on, the Kiwis need three more wins to strip Oracle Team USA of the Auld Mug. They lead 6 to minus-1, with Races 8 and 9 scheduled for Saturday. The clincher could come Sunday.
While firmly in control, the Kiwis are taking nothing for granted.
Team Oracle USA is trying desperately to figure out how to catch the New Zealanders while sailing upwind.
New tactician Ben Ainslie says Oracle needs to "sail a flawless race and even then it's a struggle."
Dodgers to host team's 1st LGBT night at stadium
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender night on Sept. 27.
The team said Friday that LGBT Night Out will feature a celebrity first pitch, the national anthem performed by a special guest with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and fireworks at Dodger Stadium for the game against Colorado.
Other major league teams have hosted similar events.
The Dodgers are partnering with Tom Whitman of Flip Events for the event. He said the Dodgers "have been standing on the right side of history from the days of Jackie Robinson through today."
Every season, the Dodgers honor various groups with special recognition and festivities.
Appeals court upholds slugger Bonds' conviction
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld former Giants slugger Barry Bond's obstruction of justice conviction.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Bonds' response to a question about whether his trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever given him any self-injectable substances was evasive and misleading.
Bonds gave the answer during testimony before a grand jury in December 2003. The grand jury was investigating performance enhancing drug use and sales among elite athletes.
Bonds is now facing 30-days' home confinement as well as two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine.
Bonds' attorneys had argued that Bonds' rambling answer to the question was not a crime.
49ers look to improve tackling as Seahawks loom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — It was another opportunistic, rise-to-the-occasion performance by the San Francisco 49ers' defense against a top NFC opponent in last week's season opener.
Except for one thing.
The 49ers uncharacteristically missed several tackles in key situations, allowing the Green Bay Packers to turn short gains into big plays before San Francisco pulled out a 34-28 victory.
That's one area the 49ers look to improve on entering Sunday's night's showdown at Seattle, a top NFC opponent that ran over and through the San Francisco defense the last time the divisional rivals met.
Healthy Baldwin a boost to Seattle's passing game
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The joke is that Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin is always angry, always carrying a chip on his shoulder from being overlooked.
The truth is that while Baldwin plays with that intensity from going undrafted coming out of college, he's also a fervent student of the game, knowing where he can find openings in coverage.
After a 2012 season during which Baldwin was constantly trying to overcome nagging injuries, his performance in the season opener last Sunday showed off the abilities that the Seahawks came to value during his rookie season. Baldwin had seven catches for 91 yards against the Panthers, and most important to the Seahawks offense, five of those receptions went for first downs.
Top Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer back in college
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ideally, had he stayed healthy, Kyle Zimmer would be a September call-up and be making his major league debut this month for the Kansas City Royals.
Yet with Kansas City shutting him down in mid-August to protect the prized pitching arm of its top prospect, Zimmer has been presented with a special opportunity off the field: He returned to college at the University of San Francisco.
And because his season was cut short as a precaution, Zimmer's timing was perfect to get back on campus for Day 1 of fall semester. He probably couldn't have done it had he finished out the season for the Royals.
He has all the hours he needs — and then some — for studying, too.
McFadden learning patience in Raiders offense
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A slow start is nothing new for Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. Neither is the criticism he's endured for the past several seasons.
Playing in a read-option offense where the quarterback gets more rushing yards than the running backs? That's a challenge that has required a little bit more of an adjustment — and patience — by McFadden.
Terrelle Pryor's breakout performance in last week's opener overshadowed an otherwise disappointing day from Oakland's running game and raised concerns about McFadden's role in the Raiders' new offense.
Coming off one of the worst statistical years of his NFL career, McFadden was shut down for most of the afternoon by a mediocre Indianapolis Colts run defense and averaged less than three yards a carry.