Marcum bests Cain as Brewers beat Giants 4-2


Marcum bests Cain as Brewers beat Giants 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Nyjer Morgan pointed his finger at the crowd, crossed his arms and taunted a sea of Giants fans he was once among many times.Even wins don't come quietly for the Milwaukee Brewers anymore.Jonathan Lucroy and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs each, Morgan stole the spotlight after a spectacular catch and the Brewers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night."I put the overhand out there because I heard someone say I flipped them off," said Morgan, a San Francisco native whose alter-ego "Tony Plush" has been known to provide such antics. "I love it. Love it."Shaun Marcum (9-3) pitched seven solid innings to push the Brewers back into first place in the crowded NL Central standings. Pittsburgh and St. Louis are one game back.
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Lucroy's two-run single highlighted a three-run second inning off Matt Cain (8-6) that gave the Brewers a big lift with All-Star Ryan Braun getting the night off to rest his strained left calf.Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth and John Axford held the Giants scoreless in the ninth for his 27th save.All of that, of course, became an afterthought late.Morgan spiced things up after making a catch against the wall in left-center field that robbed Nate Scheirholtz of extra bases in the seventh. Morgan exchanged words with fans in the bleachers, pointed at some and crossed his hands in a taunting gesture.That only riled up the fans at AT&T Park more, in the bleachers and beyond. Morgan continued bobbing his head and pointing at the crowd, and he was booed relentlessly by fans walking into the dugout after the final out.Brewers manager Ron Roenicke loved the energy but admitted he would prefer Morgan to tone down his antics, especially after home plate umpire Joe West requested the same between innings. Not that any of the warnings slowed Morgan, who pointed to the crowd again after the final out."Hey, this guy's been awesome for us," Roenicke said. "So we'll keep him happy."Not that any of the antics did much to spark San Francisco.Aaron Rowand's solo home run in the sixth and Pablo Sandoval's RBI groundout in the first were all the Giants could squeeze out of Marcum. The right-hander allowed four hits and two runs, striking out five and walking none.
Giants Insider gallery: Brewers beat CainMarcum settled down and retired 11 straight hitters after Andres Torres' leadoff double in the first. Not until Aubrey Huff's two-out single in the fourth did a Giant reach base, and by then Milwaukee was well in control.The Brewers scored three runs in the second capped by Lucroy's two-run single. Left fielder Cody Ross' throw home on the play beat Betancourt, but catcher Eli Whiteside was playing behind the plate and couldn't corral the ball, allowing Milwaukee to go ahead 3-1.Betancourt drove in his second run with a two-out single in the sixth that sneaked between the infielders and into left, scoring Rickie Weeks from third to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead."I didn't make my pitches when I needed and it cost us," Cain said. "They can hit the ball and they can run. They run the bases aggressively."That was more than enough for a short-handed Milwaukee team.Braun was given the day off as part of a plan to ease his return from a strained left calf that forced him to sit out more than a week before the All-Star game, which he also missed. He had started the last two games in Arizona and the team arrived late in San Francisco, so Roenicke figured it would be an ideal time to rest his slugger. Mark Kotsay was 0 for 4 in Braun's place.Rowand tried to bring the Giants back with a pinch-hit home run in the sixth. The solo shot was Rowand's fourth career pinch-hit homer and second this season, trimming Milwaukee's lead to 4-2.NOTES: Brewers backup OF Carlos Gomez will have surgery Monday to repair his broken left collar bone, Roenicke said. The team is hopeful Gomez will return this season. ... Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler is scheduled to have a screw inserted in his forearm to help a stress fracture heal. His chances of returning this season are less likely. ... Giants C Buster Posey had the screws removed from his surgically repaired left ankle, manager Bruce Bochy said. Posey is out for the season after tearing three ligaments in his ankle and fracturing a bone in his lower leg in a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25. ... The Giants' 48th straight sellout this season pushed the total to 2,005,900.

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

Cam Newton benched to start game vs Seahawks for breaking dress code

SEATTLE — A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night.

Ron Rivera didn't expect it to last just one play.

Carolina's miserable night was capped by a 40-7 loss to Seattle following the most awkward of starts. With Newton being punished for not having a necktie for the team flight to Seattle, the Panthers' starting QB watched backup Derek Anderson throw an interception on the first play of the game.

The turnover only led to a field goal for Seattle, but it was the start of an otherwise forgettable performance by the Panthers that provided another blow to the dwindling playoff hopes of the reigning NFC champions.

Newton missed just one play, but was also just 14-of-32 passing for 182 yards and one touchdown. After pulling within 10-7 in the second quarter, Carolina let Seattle score the final 30 points.

Seahawks lose Thomas, but run all over Panthers in Seattle

Seahawks lose Thomas, but run all over Panthers in Seattle


SEATTLE -- Thomas Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Tyler Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seattle Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

Another prime-time game in Seattle was clouded with odd story lines right from the outset when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the first play, only to watch backup Derek Anderson throw an interception . It was the start of miserable night for Carolina (4-8) and a laugher that moved Seattle (8-3-1) one step closer to the NFC West title.

Rawls and the run game set the tone for Seattle, gashing the second-best run defense in the NFL for 240 yards. Carolina entered the week giving up less than 80 yards per game on the ground.

Rawls finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, quiet in the second half after briefly being checked for a concussion. He was just the second 100-yard rusher for a run game that has lagged most of the season. Rawls' 8-yard run gave Seattle an early 10-0 lead and his 45-yard sprint early in the second quarter pushed it to 17-7.

Russell Wilson was 26 of 36 for 277 yards and a 1-yard scoring pass to Jimmy Graham in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks rolled up a season-high 534 yards and kept a three-game lead over Arizona in the division with four remaining.

Seattle safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his lower left leg during a first-half collision with teammate Kam Chancellor while trying to intercept Newton's pass. Thomas hobbled off the field putting no weight on the leg and X-rays revealed a "cracked tibia," coach Pete Carroll told Seattle's radio broadcast.

On the play after Thomas' injury, Newton hit Ted Ginn Jr. on a 55-yard touchdown pass to pull the Panthers to 10-7. It would be the only highlight for Carolina.

Rawls immediately answered, darting through the Carolina defense for the 45-yard touchdown run and a 17-7 lead. Steven Hauschka added two more field goals before halftime and Lockett raced 75 yards on a reverse on the first play of the second half. In less than 10 minutes of game time, Seattle extended the lead to 30-7.

Newton's benching was for a dress code violation, according to the NBC broadcast and the single play he missed could not have gone worse. Anderson rolled out to throw a pass to Mike Tolbert. It bounced off Tolbert's hands and into the arms of Mike Morgan, a disastrous result for that only added to questions about coach Ron Rivera's intention with the punishment.

Newton finished 14 of 32 for 182 yards.


It was seventh meeting in the past five years between the Seahawks and Panthers, playoffs included. It was the first time of the seven the game was decided by more than 14 points. Five of the previous six were decided by seven points or less. The biggest win during the stretch was Seattle's 31-17 win in the 2014 playoffs.


Carolina's injury list grew again.

The Panthers were already without starters Kurt Coleman and Luke Kuechly (concussions), and defensive end Mario Addison (foot) on defense, and right tackle Daryl Williams (ankle) on offense. Carolina then lost cornerback Daryl Worley and linebacker David Mayo to concussions against the Seahawks.


One of the most emotional players on Seattle's roster, Thomas hinted at retirement in a tweet sent just before halftime.

"This game has been so good to me no regrets. A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for all the prayers," Thomas tweeted from the Seattle locker room.

Thomas missed the first game of his career last week at Tampa Bay due to a hamstring injury.


Panthers: Carolina returns home and hosts San Diego.

Seahawks: Seattle travels to Green Bay.