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SPORTSBRIEFING

Potters come close to knocking off Toronto

TORONTO — Toronto scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rally past East Liverpool for a 5-3 win on the new AstroTurf on Monday night.

Freshman Dominic Bouscher held the Potters scoreless over the last three innings to seal the victory.

Avery Weigand went 2-for-2 for the Red Knights. Brycen Miller added a double and an RBI

The Potters scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Trent Davis led the Potters with two hits and two RBIs. Devin Toothman and Evan Tice each had a double.

East Liverpool will host Beaver Local on Wednesday.

EL: 0-0-1-2-0-0-0–3-8-2

T: 1-0-0-4-0-0-x–5-8-1

T–Chris Parker, wp (4IP, 3R, 1ER, 6H, 4K, 4BB), Dominic Bouscher (3IP, 2H, 4K, 2BB) and Earley.

EL–Jake Smith, lp (6IP, 5ER, 8H, 7K, 1BB, 1HBP) and Evan Tice.

Darvish dominates in win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yu Darvish allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, Wil Myers drove in five runs and the San Diego Padres extended their strong start with a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Darvish (1-0), acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December in hopes of helping San Diego chase down the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out six and walked one in a crisp performance as the Padres won their fourth straight. The four-time All-Star worked efficiently, throwing 63 of 95 pitches for strikes and permitting just one runner past second base.

Myers hit a two-run homer to the bushes beyond center field in the sixth off 21-year-old reliever Luis Oviedo (0-1) to put San Diego in front to stay. Myers added a two-run single in the seventh and is batting .370 (10 for 27) during his seven-game hitting streak.

Phil Evans had an RBI double for the Pirates and Trevor Cahill worked five effective innings but Pittsburgh’s modest two-game winning streak ended.

Cahill, signed as a free agent a month ago and given a shot to fill out a patchwork Pirates rotation, bounced back from a rocky 2021 debut by matching Darvish nearly pitch for pitch. Cahill allowed one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, relying heavily on movement to offset a fastball that tops out at 91 mph.

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