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(AP) — Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam, and Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki also homered as the Milwaukee Brewers used an eight-run third inning to beat Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-8 on Tuesday night.

Betancourt's fifth career grand slam highlighted the seven-hit inning that chased Zito. Rickie Weeks doubled home two runs and Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run single as the Brewers sent 12 batters to the plate. Zito faced 11 of them.

Zito (2-1) had opened the season with consecutive scoreless seven-inning games. He struck out five and walked two in 2 2-3 innings and his 0.00 ERA ballooned to 4.86 ERA. Brandon Kintzler (2-0) got the win in relief for the Brewers.

The Giants had won 16 straight Barry Zito starts dating back to last year, including the post-season.

The Giants and Brewers play game two of their three game series today with the first pitch at 5:10 and pre-game coming your way at 4:40


A's have the most wins in the American League



(AP) — Josh Donaldson's eighth-inning triple drove in Josh Reddick for the winning run and Oakland Athletics overcame starter A.J. Griffin's early struggles for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Reddick drew a two-out walk off reliever Rhiner Cruz (0-1) and took off for second just before Donaldson's hit down the right field line landed just fair. Houston outfielder Rick Ankiel made a diving attempt but came up short as Reddick raced around the bases.

Eric Sogard added a career-high three hits for the A's, who have won all five games against the Astros this season.

Carlos Pena homered for Houston, which has lost four straight.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances after Sean Doolittle (1-0) gave up Pena's tying home run.


Steph Curry goes for three point record in Portland



(AP) — Two shy of setting a new NBA standard, the question circulating around the Golden State Warriors locker room is when — not if — Stephen Curry will break Ray Allen's single-season record of 269 3-pointers during Wednesday night's finale at Portland.

             With the way Curry has shot the ball this season, he's given plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

The rejuvenated Warriors point guard, with his twice surgically repaired right ankle no longer an issue, has shown just what he can do in a season of near-perfect health. He is shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaging almost 3½ baskets from long range over his 77 games played.

             The Golden State Warriors can secure the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a win tonight. The Warriors can also secure the 6th seed if they lose, but they would need the Los Angeles Lakers to beat Houston at the Staples Center tonight.


Wildcats Finish Fifth as Conditions Tame Golfers


By Luke Reid-Chico State Sports Information


     TURLOCK – With nine freshmen getting a baptism into collegiate golf on the Chico State’s men’s golf team’s 13-man roster, this season has been anything but breezy. Still, the Wildcats have persevered, hanging on to the No. 23 ranking in the nation and No. 6 spot in the West.

Tuesday’s final round of the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational at Turlock Golf & Country Club was absolutely breezy. In fact, the windy conditions resulted in high scores and frustrated golfers. But the Wildcats again persevered, shooting a 317 to hang on to fifth place in the tournament.

Chico State finished 62-over par. Host Cal State Stanislaus won at 24-over par. Cal State Monterey Bay (+26), Western Washington (+51), Sonoma State (+55) and Chico State followed the Warriors. The Wildcats nipped UC San Diego by a stroke and finished three strokes ahead of Saint Martin’s.

True freshman Lee Gearhart was Chico State’s top finisher, tying for 19th place at 14-over. It marked his fifth top-20 finish in the team’s last six tournaments. Freshman Anthony Maccioli recorded the Wildcats’ best round of the day, a 5-over par 77, and finished tied for 22nd at 15-over for the tournament.

Freshman Will Flitcroft fired a 78 on Tuesday and finished tied for 30th at 19-over par. Junior Brendan Warner (74-82-82–238) tied for 43rd at 22-over. And freshman Cody Stoffel (80-79-80–239) tied for 45th at 23-over. Playing as an individual, junior Brenden Beeg (80-87-81–248) finished tied for 68th at 32-over.

The Wildcats open the postseason portion of their schedule, which they hope will last through the NCAA Championships May 20-24, next week at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships in Paso Robles. The event gets under way Monday morning.