MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Lynx win playoff opener
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Seimone Augustus scored 19 points to lead a balanced Minnesota attack, and the Lynx pulled away in the second half for an 80-64 win over the Seattle Storm in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Rebekkah Brunson tallied 18 points and nine rebounds, and Maya Moore scored 17 to go with six assists for the Lynx, who are aiming for a third straight trip to the title series. Temeka Johnson scored 14 points for the Storm, who faltered in the third quarter by shooting 35.3 percent. Tanisha Wright scored 13, Alysha Clark 12, Camille Little 11 and Tina Thompson ended with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Storm will host Game 2 of the best-of-three set at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday.
Bartolo Colon turned in six shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics moved their magic number down to two by taking advantage of a sloppy Minnesota Twins team in an 11-0 triumph on Friday in Oakland. Colon (17-6) scattered just five hits and a walk while striking out eight over another stellar outing. He was backed by plenty of offensive support, some of which the Twins provided on their own. Minnesota committed four errors on the evening, with its third of the night contributing to a five-run inning for Oakland. Derek Norris had two hits and three runs scored, while Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes each contributed home runs to help Oakland to its 11th win in 14 games and move the team one step closer to the AL West division title. Andrew Albers (2-4) ended on the hook for eight runs -- although only three were earned. He allowed eight hits over 4 2/3 frames in the Twins' eighth setback in 10 games. The game completely unraveled in the fifth for Minnesota. Eduardo Escobar made a diving stop on Chris Young's hard hit grounder with the bases loaded, but the inning continued after the third baseman's throw sailed wide of first base. Two runs came in on the two-out error, ending Albers' outing. Ryan Presley took over and allowed an RBI single to Alberto Callaspo, who later came in to score on a wild pitch to make it 9-0 Oakland. Donaldson added a two-run shot in the sixth to account for the final margin