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.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres


SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON — Andrew Triggs keeps checking off all the right boxes in his first season as a major league starting pitcher.

Coming into the year, manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander’s biggest challenge would be retiring lefty hitters. He’s done that splendidly.

On Saturday, the A’s needed to see if Triggs could bounce back after his first rough outing of 2017. He responded with the best of his 11 career starts, holding a potent Astros lineup off the scoreboard for seven innings as the A’s registered a 2-1 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

The effective cutter that eluded Triggs when he lost to the Mariners last Sunday was back. Houston’s hitters waved helplessly at the pitch and began their walk back to the dugout all in the same motion, as Triggs rang up a career-high nine strikeouts. His seven innings also were a career high for the 28-year-old.

“We’re not really swinging the bats right now,” Melvin said. “We score two runs and we’re facing a lineup that you expect to score a bunch of runs. So to pitch as well as he did and go through the lineup three times, give us seven innings of work, is pretty good.

“He had the one off-outing, and every outing (besides that) has been pretty spotless.”

Triggs, whose 1.84 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, doesn’t blow people away with his fastball. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that suggests it might be easy for left-handed hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand. Last season, the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all roughly 40 to 50 points higher for lefties than for righties off Triggs.

All he’s done coming out of the gate this season is hold lefties to an .087 batting average (4-for-46). Another revealing stat: Opposing cleanup hitters are 0-for-14 off him.

Triggs credited catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley and, when he’s been up with the big club, Bruce Maxwell for their expertise in calling pitches against lefties.

“They’ve done such a good job keeping the sequences unpredictable,” he said. “You command pitches, you’re gonna get guys out. I know the stereotype is when you throw from the angle that I do, you’re gonna struggle with lefties. I’ve been aware, at least of that profile, for a while. I’ve worked on it quite a bit.”

Triggs had his entire repertoire working Saturday, according to Vogt.

“He was keeping them off-balance. Even when it seemed they were starting to sit on his slider, he starts sneaking some heaters by them. He was outstanding.”

But he had help. First baseman Yonder Alonso made a terrific leaping grab of Josh Reddick’s liner in the fifth that might have gone for extra bases. An inning before that, Jaff Decker made an on-the-money throw to third from deep right field to nail Carlos Beltran tagging up on a fly ball.

“He’s got a good arm so don’t sleep on him at all,” Triggs said.

Given how their month has gone, it’s no surprise the A’s got both their runs on homers. They’ve gone deep 31 times in April, their most homers in the month since they clubbed 34 in 2006. Lowrie, who’s spent two stints with the Astros and owns an offseason home in Houston, went deep to right to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Khris Davis mashed his 10th homer in the eighth for what wound up being an important insurance run when Jose Altuve followed with a homer off Sean Doolittle.

Davis’ teammates by now are accustomed to seeing the left fielder flaunt his opposite-field power. He’s hit three homers this series, all to straightaway right or right-center.

Said Lowrie: “I think at this point it’s fair to call it special.”