Warriors advance...Twins move to 24-12...Yanks nip Rays...Brewers rout Cubs...Royals top Phils
HOUSTON (AP) _ Stephen Curry shook off a cold start by scoring all 33 of his points in the second half as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets, 118-113 to advance to the NBA’s Western Conference finals for the fifth consecutive year. Klay Thompson added 27 points for the Warriors, who were without Durant after the All-Star forward sustained a calf injury in the third quarter of Game 5. James Harden had a game-high 35 points, including a layup that got the Rockets within three in the final minute.
DETROIT (AP) _ Jake Odorizzi (oh-doh-REE’-zee) stretched his scoreless streak to 20 innings with seven frames of one-hit ball as the Minnesota Twins blanked the Detroit Tigers, 6-0 to improve to a major league-best 24-12. Odorizzi retired his last 20 batters after a first-inning double by Christin Stewart, striking out five without a walk while lowering his ERA to a career-best 2.32. He’s allowed just seven hits over a shutout streak that includes starts against the Yankees and Astros.
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) _ Domingo German (hehr-MAHN’) became the majors’ first seven-game winner of the season as the New York Yankees topped the Rays, 4-3 to pull within a half-game of AL East-leading Tampa Bay. German allowed three runs over five innings, including homers by Austin Meadows and Ji-Man Choi before the New York bullpen blanked the Rays the rest of the night. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) supplied a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth to make a winner out of German.
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers have grabbed a piece of the NL Central lead and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 7-0 shutout of the Cubs. Chicago had won 10 of its last 11 until Ryan Braun hit a solo homer and Gio Gonzalez limited the Cubs to two hits over 5 2/3 innings. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Jesús Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) each drove in two runs, and Hernán Pérez backed Gonzalez with a couple of nice plays at second base.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a pair of homers in the Kansas City Royals’ 5-1 verdict over the Philadelphia Phillies. Homer Bailey gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings, and Scott Barlow struck out a career-high six in two innings of relief for Kansas City. Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) added his team-leading 10th home run of the season in the victory.