Albert Pujols passed Babe Ruth for fifth place on baseball's career RBI chart, but the Seattle Mariners added four more homers to their major league-leading power binge in a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Pujols tied Ruth when he drove in Andrelton Simmons with a double in the third inning, and passed the Babe by hitting his 636th homer in the ninth. Pujols has 1,993 RBIs, surpassing Ruth's total from the portion of his career after RBIs became an official statistic in 1920. But the Angels couldn't follow up Pujols' one-out homer off Anthony Swarzak, who finished off his third save and Los Angeles' sixth consecutive defeat. Mitch Haniger and Daniel Vogelbach homered in the first inning before Edwin Encarnacion and Domingo Santana connected later, giving the Mariners 53 homers already this season. Yusei Kikuchi earned his first major league win, persevering through five innings of 10-hit ball with plenty of help from his homer-happy teammates. Dee Gordon delivered a two-run single for his 1,000th career hit in the fourth inning for the Mariners, who improved to 11-1 on the road with their third straight win in Anaheim. Seattle has scored 97 runs in those 12 road games while winning nine in a row to match the third-longest road winning streak in team history. The Mariners already have the second-most homers in March and April in big league history, albeit with a head start from their March 20-21 series in Japan against Oakland and the March 28 start to the rest of the big league season. Only Mark McGwire's 2000 St. Louis Cardinals hit more homers before May, pounding out 55 in just 25 games — but those Cardinals hit 53 in their first 24 games, the same number as these improbable Mariners. Kikuchi (1-1), who attended the same high school as injured Angels star Shohei Ohtani, finally won in his sixth start since joining Seattle in the offseason. Simmons had three hits, but the Angels couldn't keep up with Seattle's bats — not even Mike Trout, who went 0 for 4 with a walk and three strikeouts. The Mariners already set the franchise record for most homers in March and April by hitting four on Friday night, and they promptly added two more off Trevor Cahill in the first inning. Haniger connected on the third pitch from Cahill (1-2) for the fourth leadoff homer of his career. Encarnacion chased Cahill in the fifth with his sixth homer. Cahill once was a difficult pitcher to take deep, but that has changed since he pulled on a Halos cap. He has served up eight homers this season, matching the total he allowed in 2018 with Oakland. Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin drove in runs in the fifth to trim Seattle's lead to 5-4, but Kikuchi got through the inning. Santana homered against Luke Bard leading off the seventh. ALBERT'S ADVANCE Ruth's career began in 1914, but baseball's official records don't count his RBIs with the Boston Red Sox before 1920. Pujols also is closing in on Lou Gehrig (1,994) and Barry Bonds (1,996) on the career RBI chart. Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) lead the list. TRAINER'S ROOM Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney is expected to throw a bullpen next week in his return from elbow inflammation. ... LHP Tyler Skaggs threw off a mound for the first time since spraining his ankle last week. UP NEXT Jaime Barria (1-1, 5.87 ERA) makes his first home start of the season after coming up from the minors Monday to take a loss in Texas. Seattle sends out Mike Leake (2-1, 3.86), who is coming off a hard-luck loss after throwing six innings of two-run ball Tuesday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
ATHENS — Georgia baseball stayed atop the SEC standings and completed a three-game sweep of Missouri on Saturday afternoon. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (33-8, 13-5 SEC) had three pitchers combine on a one-hitter in 4-2 win over the No. 21-ranked Tigers (26-15-1, 7-10-1). Brought our brooms to the park today! #DawgsOnTop | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/FNkeNPzd1C — Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) April 20, 2019 Tony Locey (7-0) got the start and the win, allowing two runs on one hit with five strikeouts and five walks before giving way to Ryan Webb (one inning) and Zack Kristofak (5 saves). “Tony Locey was big for us today, I think their hitters went 1-for-19 off him,” UGA baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “He’s just so hard to hit — he’s throwing 96 miles an hour..” Georgia, which has won five straight, opened the scoring in the first inning when Riley King doubled, moved to second on Aaron Schunk’s infield single and scored on a wild pitch. LJ Talley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to make it 3-0. Missouri closed the gap with two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Bulldogs added an insurance run in the fifth when Talley scored on a passed ball. Talley reached base on a walk, moved to second on a balk and was at third on a wild pitch. “The goal right now is that we want to win an SEC Championship,” Talley said. “Coach says, ‘Great teams sweep, good teams will be ok with winning the series.’ So, it was a good thing that we swept.” Georgia baseball returns to action on Tuesday night in Atlanta against Georgia Tech at SunTrust Park. UGA then plays at Mississippi State in a battle of Bulldogs for a weekend series. Georgia baseball stories Slap-happy Georgia outlasts Clemson in 20-inning marathon Miraculous recoveries spark Bulldogs baseball program Bulldogs sting Yellow Jackets in 12-2 blowout at Foley Field The post WATCH: No. 5 Georgia baseball atop SEC standings, completes Missouri sweep appeared first on DawgNation.
Brooke Henderson successfully defended her title in the Lotte Championship on Saturday to tie Sandra Post's record for LPGA Tour victories by a Canadian with eight. The 21-year-old Henderson closed with a 2-under 70 at windy Ko Olina Golf Club for a four-stroke victory over Eun-Hee Ji. 'When I was younger it was just a goal to be on the LPGA Tour, to win my first event,' Henderson said. 'And when that happened and I won my first major the year after, things kind of just started to fall into place. I knew the record was eight. Just kept creeping toward it the last three years, which was really exciting. 'And then I think starting last year I sort of saw that it was within my reach if I had two good seasons. Last year put me into great position, and coming back this year it's been on the back of my mind every week that I tee it up. I'm just really happy that I have finally done it. Looking forward to overtaking it now.' George Knudson and Mike Weir share the Canadian mark on the PGA Tour, also each winning eight times. 'It's really amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Mike Weir, George, and Sandra,' Henderson said. 'This week was really special. I always love coming to Hawaii. Last year was such an incredible week for me, to be able to hoist that trophy for the first time. Coming back I knew I knew the golf course really well and I have so many great memories pretty much on every hole, which is a great feeling.' Nelly Korda, tied with Henderson for the third-round lead, finished with a quadruple-bogey 8 for a 77 that left her seven strokes back at 9 under. She hit into the water twice on 18, then threw her ball in after finishing. The 20-year-old American also had a double bogey on the par-4 seventh. 'Pretty bad,' Korda said. 'I mean, it was a tough day, but I ended really poorly and I'm pretty disappointed in that. ... It was an unfortunate final round, but there is nothing I can do about it anymore.' Henderson rebounded from a bogey on the par-5 first with birdies on the par-4 third and par-5 fifth, also birdied the par-4 11th and closed with seven straight pars to finish at 16-under 272. 'To come in today tied with the lead with so many amazing players tied with or just back of me, was ... I knew it was going to be a tough task with the wind blowing as strong as it was,' Henderson said. 'It definitely was really difficult.' Ji opened with rounds of 64 and 65 to take the second-round lead, then shot 74-73. 'I play really good first two rounds and I didn't play well last two rounds,' the Southern Korean player said. 'First two rounds doesn't have a lot of windy, but last two rounds was really windy out there. Playing a lot differently than first two rounds, so that makes it little hard.' Ariya Jutanugarn (73) and 2016 winner Minjee Lee (74) tied for third at 11 under. 'Obviously, the wind was pretty tough today,' Lee said. 'Probably the windiest out of all the days.