Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) – Edwin Encarnacion hit his third home run in three games, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time since August and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 yesterday. Jeff Mathis added a two-run homer as Toronto broke open a close game in a five-run eighth. Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo hit solo homers for the Mariners, who lost their second straight. Encarnacion had a solo homer in Toronto’s 9-5 defeat Friday and hit his fourth career grand slam in Saturday’s 7-0 win.
(Stations, please note: The following items are from Saturday).
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks closed out the draft with seven picks in the final four rounds. Six of those seven were used on defensive players – although seventh-round selection J.R. Sweezy will be switched from defensive tackle to offensive guard. Seattle started Saturday by drafting Utah State running back Robert Turbin. They also added defensive tackle Jaye Howard, from Florida, Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer and defensive backs Jeremy Lane of Northwestern State and Winston Guy of Kentucky.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) – Michael Gspurning extended his shutout streak to 337 minutes before allowing a late goal, and David Estrada and Eddie Johnson scored in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night. Estrada opened the scoring in the 39th minute of the game. Seattle improved to 4-1-1 with its sixth straight victory on the road going back to last season. The road winning streak is one off the MLS record held by Los Angeles and D.C. United. Chicago dropped to 2-2-2.
MONTREAL (AP) – Bernardo Corradi and Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored in the second half Saturday to lead the Montreal Impact to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. Corradi gave Montreal the lead in the 76th minute on a penalty after Collen Warner’s shot struck the arm of a Portland player in the 18-yard box. Corradi stepped up to the penalty spot and fired a shot past Timbers goalkeeper Joseph Bendik, who replaced injured starter Troy Perkins earlier in the second half.
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