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TAMPA, Fla.—The Capitals scored twice in the final 62 seconds of the second period to gain control, and Washington beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Sunday night, May 13, in Tampa, Fla., to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and two assists for Washington while Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist apiece. Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly scored the Capitals' other goals. The best-of-seven series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Tuesday night, May 15.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist, and the host Winnipeg Jets held on for a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, May 12, at Bell MTS Place. Patrik Laine and Joel Armia also scored for Winnipeg, which improved to 5-2 on home ice during the playoffs. Blake Wheeler tallied three assists for the Jets.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the ninth inning, rallying from a 4-2 deficit to upend the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 Friday night, May 11, at Angel Stadium. The Angels went into the ninth inning with a lead thanks mostly to a two-run homer by Justin Upton and six strong innings from starter Tyler Skaggs, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Angels reliever Justin Anderson pitched a perfect eighth inning, but he found trouble in the ninth.
ST. LOUIS—Rookie Fernando Romero struck out nine in six shutout innings, leading the visiting Minnesota Twins to a 6-0 victory over the depleted and weary St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, May 7, at Busch Stadium. Robbie Grossman, Bobby Wilson, Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler each had RBI doubles for the Twins, who have won four in a row. That was more than enough for Romero (2-0), who put together his second straight impressive start in his debut season.
CHICAGO—Minnesota left fielder Eddie Rosario homered and drove in two runs and the Twins scored five runs after breaking up James Shields' no-hitter in the seventh inning for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday, May 6. Rosario singled in a run in a three-run seventh inning and homered in the ninth inning as the Twins overcame a 2-0 deficit and extended their winning streak to three games in their first series victory in a month. They have won four of five after losing 11 of 12.
MINNEAPOLIS—Miguel Ibarra's goal in the 60th minute gave shorthanded Minnesota United a 1-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer action Saturday, May 5. The Loons won despite being reduced to 10 players in the 50th minute due to the ejection of Mason Toye for violent conduct. Minnesota (4-5-0) posted its second straight win after losing four consecutive games. The Whitecaps (4-5-1) suffered their fourth loss in five games.
CHICAGO—Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar ripped two solo home runs and doubled in a third run, and Brian Dozier and Logan Morrison added solo homers as Minnesota scored early and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Friday, May 4, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. Dozier, who entered the night mired in a 3-for-43 slump that saw his batting average fall to .226, was moved from the leadoff spot to second in the order, and he responded with three hits, including a triple and the homer.
MINNEAPOLIS—Justin Smoak and Russell Martin hit home runs, and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays held on to defeat the Minnesota Twins 7-5 Monday night, April 30, at Target Field in Minneapolis. Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez (2-2) allowed four runs, six hits, three walks and had two strikeouts in six innings to earn the win in the opener of a three-game series. Roberto Osuna pitched around a single and a double in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.
NEW YORK—Rookie first baseman Tyler Austin launched a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Yankees a three-run lead, and then made a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to preserve the lead in the top of the seventh inning during a 7-4 win over the visiting Twins on Wednesday night. Red-hot Didi Gregorius homered for the fourth straight game and drove in two runs, extending his major league-leading RBI total to 29, as the Yankees won their fifth straight game and ninth in their last 12.
SEATTLE—Gustav Svensson and Will Bruin scored midway through the first half as the Seattle Sounders earned their first victory of the season by defeating visiting Minnesota United 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, April 22, at CenturyLink Field. Jordy Delem added an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time for the Sounders (1-3-1), who failed to score in their first three matches before earning a 2-2 tie last weekend in Kansas City.