Steph steps up on Monta's off night as W's win


Steph steps up on Monta's off night as W's win


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Monta Ellis satstoically on the Golden State bench in the fourth quarter, a toweldraped over his head and an emotionless expression. Even he lookedstunned.The only thing perhaps more surprising than his performance was the outcome.Stephen Curry had 27 points, sevenassists and six rebounds and the Warriors overcame Ellis' horrendousshooting performance to beat the undermanned Utah Jazz 96-81 on Sundaynight to snap a four-game losing streak."It was one of those rare nights where everybody had to pick him up," Curry said.Even rarer was that they did.Dorell Wright scored 16 points, andReggie Williams added 15 to help the Warriors build a 19-point lead inthe fourth quarter while Ellis was on the bench. Ellis, averaging ateam-high 25 points, was held to a season-low two points on 1-for-9shooting in 31 minutes.Warriors coach Keith Smart figured it was just "one of those nights" in the grueling NBA season."It rained today. Why did it rain?Blame it on the rain. I don't know why," Smart said. "But I thinkthat's why you try to formulate a basketball team so you don't rely onone particular player."If only the Jazz could do the same without their star.Al Jefferson had 16 points and 14rebounds, and Andre Kirilenko had 14 points and nine rebounds for aJazz team that has lost six straight road games. Utah never seriouslychallenged in this one with star point guard Deron Williams out with ahyperextended right wrist and center Mehmet Okur sidelined by astrained back."We're going through some toughtimes," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "We haven't played with a lot ofenergy and then Deron gets hurt. We get banged up and that's whathappens when you get in situations like that. But that's where you seewhere the fight is in you and see how bad you really like to play."The Warriors had to find new ways to win.They did some of their best workearly even with Ellis held scoreless for the first half. Wright made apair of 3-pointers, and Curry followed with another to lead an 11-2 runlate in the first quarter.Golden State pushed its lead to 14points in the second behind mostly reserves, although it struggled tokeep the pace - at first, anyway - without the starters, and the lackof production from Ellis showed.The Jazz regained their rhythm afterthe break and got within three points, smothering the Warriorsdefensively. They kept Ellis without a point until his only basket with7:39 remaining in the third quarter, and even that took some work:Ellis spun into the lane and made a floating layup over Utah'soutstretched front line."You could see he wasn't all the waythere, whether it was personal or whatever it was. I'm not takingcredit for that," Utah guard Raja Bell said.The Warriors managed just fine without him.They slowly went ahead 85-67 in thefourth quarter against team that was simply exhausted playingshort-handed. It was a rare night when Ellis had such low output andthe Warriors still won.The All-Star hopeful's previous lowthis season was five points in a 117-89 loss to the Los Angeles Lakerson Nov. 21 when he hardly even played in the second half because it wassuch a blowout. The last time Ellis scored only two points came againstPhoenix on Feb. 4, 2009."You have to win a lot of differentways if you want to be successful," Curry said. "Every night's notgoing to be pretty. Even if everybody is not on their game, you have tofind ways to win."NOTES: The Warriors improved to 2-1against the Jazz this season. The home team has won each game. Theywrap up their season series Feb. 16 in Utah. ... Jazz reserve C KyryloFesenko played the final 8 minutes after missing the previous gamebecause of a sinus infection.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.