April 12 Sports Briefs

Rockies top Padres 6-4 after bench-clearing brawl

DENVER (AP) — Rockies star Nolan Arenado charged the mound after a fastball from Luis Perdomo sailed behind him, setting off a brawl that resulted in five ejections during Colorado’s 6-4 win over San Diego on Wednesday. Pedromo flung his glove at the rushing Arenado and missed. The big-hitting Arenado then threw a couple of punches at the backpedaling Perdomo but didn’t land anything squarely. Arenado, Rockies starter German Marquez and Colorado outfielder Gerardo Parra were ejected along with Perdomo and Padres catcher A.J. Ellis. Arenado’s reaction in the third woke up the slumbering Colorado bats, with the Rockies scoring five times in the inning to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Tony Wolters hit a bases-loaded, two-run single that center fielder Franchy Cordero misplayed to allow another run to score. Antonio Senzatela (1-1) won, and Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save. Buddy Baumann (0-1) was the loser.

Twins rally from 7 runs down to beat Houston 9-8

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler hit his second home run of the game, connecting for a solo drive with two outs in the bottom off Brad Peacock (1-1) as Minnesota rebounded after wasting an 8-1 lead to beat Houston 9-8 on Wednesday. Lance McCullers Jr. allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. Houston’s Alex Bregman had a career-high four hits, including his first homer this season. Down 8-6, the Astros loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Fernando Rodney (1-1). George Springer grounded into an RBI forceout, and the tying run scored when Dozier threw wide to first trying for a double play.

Seager homer leads Mariners to 4-2 win over Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the eighth off Justin Grimm (0-1) as Seattle beat Kansas City 4-2 on Wednesday. James Paxton matched a career-best with 10 strikeouts over six sharp innings before turning it over to his bullpen. Nick Vincent (1-0) worked a perfect seventh, and Edwin Diaz got three outs for his fourth save.

Seahawks sign former San Francisco CB Dontae Johnson

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed former San Francisco cornerback Dontae Johnson to help with the depth in their overhauled secondary. Johnson has a chance to step in as a starter immediately since Richard Sherman was cut and signed with the 49ers this offseason. The Seahawks are set with Shaquill Griffin at one cornerback spot but the other will be open to competition heading into Seattle’s offseason program and training camp. Johnson started all 16 games last season for San Francisco and finished with 77 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. He was a fourth-round pick by the 49ers in 2014 out of North Carolina State.

Cowgirls win season opener 11-1 at Billings Central

BILLINGS — The Custer County District High School softball season got under way Tuesday. The Cowgirls traveled to Billings and made short work of its Eastern A opener by beating Billings Central Catholic 11-1.The game was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Alexa Kappel was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit over six innings. She struck out six. Arena Porter pitched the fifth inning, striking out one.

— by Star Staff