MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Lynx lose first game of season
SEATTLE - Tanisha Wright scored nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Seattle Storm delivered the Minnesota Lynx their first loss of the season in a 65-62 final from Key Arena.
Crystal Langhorne also scored 13 and Camille Little added 12 points for the Storm, who were swept in last year's playoffs by the Lynx in the conference semifinals. Temeka Johnson notched seven of her nine points in the final period. The defending WNBA champions were led by Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore with 12 points apiece. Lindsay Whalen contributed 11 points and Janel McCarville 10, but Minnesota lost for the first time in eight games this season. The Lynx, who shot just 1-of-13 from 3-point range, blew a seven-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Wright's two free throws capped an 8-0 run for the hosts to give Seattle a 56-53 edge with 4:15 remaining. A jumper from Augustus eventually moved the visitors in front with three minutes left, but Little gave Seattle the lead for good by draining a 3-point shot at the 2:06 mark. Whalen's short jumper had the Lynx within 63-62 with 11.4 seconds remaining, but Wright made two from the charity stripe a second later. Tan White's three-point attempt was off the mark in the closing second.
Dallas Keuchel tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by three home runs as the Houston Astros edged the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, on Friday in the opener of a three-game set from Target Field. Marwin Gonzalez and Matt Dominguez hit solo shots and rookie sensation George Springer added a two-run blast for Houston, winners in six consecutive road tilts. Jose Altuve also drove in a run in the triumph. Keuchel (7-3) went six strong innings, allowing just five hits while striking out six. The 26-year-old lefty has won five of his last six starts. Minnesota trailed 5-0 before a late rally nearly forced extra innings. If not for a highlight reel diving catch in center field by Dexter Fowler, who robbed Trevor Plouffe of extra bases. Eduardo Escobar's RBI double to left would have tied the score, rather than make it 5-4. Escobar went 3-for-4, Aaron Hicks had a pair of hits and Danny Santana hit his first major league home run in the setback. Phil Hughes (6-2), who has been untouchable of late, suffered his first defeat since April 15 after getting roughed up for five runs over six innings. The game was delayed at the start for an hour and 26 minutes due to rain.