Sports Minute: Here is the latest California sports news from The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Chad Pinder homered and drove in two runs for Oakland.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon McCarthy retired his first 14 batters and allowed one run over six innings, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Miami Marlins 6-3 Sunday. Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and his first three-hit game of the season for the Dodgers, who won three of four against Miami to open 10-game homestand.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Trout homered, doubled and drove in three runs, C.J. Cron hit a grand slam and the Los Angeles Angels bolted to a big lead in beating the New York Mets 12-5 Sunday. Aiming to avoid a three-game sweep, the Angels built a 9-0 lead by the third inning. Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte also homered for Los Angeles.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Matt Carpenter homered and Adam Wainwright turned in his second successive strong outing to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the San Francisco Giants 8-3 Sunday. Randal Grichuk drove in four runs for St. Louis, which snapped a four-game skid. San Francisco had won seven of eight.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Richard gave San Diego a desperately needed strong pitching performance with a five-hitter that helped the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak. Richard struck out six and walked none in his fourth career complete game.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Giovani dos Santos scored and the Los Angeles Galaxy capitalized on Minnesota's own goal to beat expansion United 2-1 Sunday. Brian Rowe had four saves - including a pair of diving, one-handed stops - for Los Angeles. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their last four matches.
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