Giants sweep Dodgers to extend streak to 6 games

Updated 07 May 2013
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Giants sweep Dodgers to extend streak to 6 games

SAN FRANCISCO: Hunter Pence drove in four runs and Matt Cain worked into the eighth inning as San Francisco completed a three-game sweep of visiting Los Angeles and extended its winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory Sunday.
After going winless in six April starts, Cain (1-2) turned in a superb effort while giving up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Trailing 4-0, the Dodgers rallied with three runs in the eighth behind a two-run single by Adrian Gonzalez and an RBI from Dee Gordon but were unable to tie the contest.
Padres 5 Diamondbacks 1: Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to lift host San Diego in the rubber game of the three-game series.
Gyorko, a rookie second baseman, had two hits to give him six in the series and San Diego starter Edinson Volquez (3-3) won his third straight start, allowing one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Rays 8 Rockies 3: Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts had two hits and two RBIs apiece as visiting Tampa Bay took two of three games from Colorado.
James Loney had three hits with three runs and an RBI and Alex Cobb (4-2) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings as the Rays completed their road trip with a 4-5 record.
Reds 7 Cubs 4: Joey Votto collected three hits and an RBI and Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs as visiting Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep on the road.
The Reds took control with three runs in the fourth. Chicago battled back and got the tying run to the plate with no outs in the ninth before J.J. Hoover worked out of the jam for his second save.
Edwin Jackson (0-5) remained winless in seven starts with the Cubs, allowing four runs over five innings.
Cardinals 10 Brewers 1: Allen Craig had a three-run double in a six-run second inning and added an RBI triple as visiting St. Louis completed a four-game sweep.
Jaime Garcia (4-1) won his third straight start, giving up one run on eight hits in eight innings, and Matt Holliday belted a two-run shot and had three RBIs as the Cardinals won their sixth consecutive game.
Marlins 14 Phillies 2: Adeiny Hechavarria tied a franchise record with seven RBIs as visiting Miami beat struggling Roy Halladay to gain a split of a four-game series.
Hechavarria capped a five-run first inning with a three-run triple and then chased Halladay (2-4) in the third with a grand slam.
Braves 9 Mets 4: Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs while Reed Johnson added three RBIs as Atlanta routed visiting New York to salvage a split of the abbreviated series.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (4-1) struck out seven over 7 1/3 innings and was charged with three runs to win his second straight start.
Nationals 6 Pirates 2: Tyler Moore and Danny Espinosa each drove in three runs while Gio Gonzalez logged only his second quality start over his last five outings as visiting Washington took two of three from Pittsburgh.
Espinosa, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth and Gonzalez (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits over six innings.


Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

Updated 23 April 2018
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

  • Young Scottish star was very impressive during Liverpool's 5-1 aggregate destruction of Man City in last-eight clash.
  • Robertson refuses to take Roma lightly after their shock victory over Barcelona in the last round.

LIVERPOOL: With a desire stoked in the stands of Parkhead, Andrew Robertson is now fired up to fulfil a childhood dream.
While following the fortunes of Celtic, the defender’s first Champions League final memory was when Zinedine Zidane volleyed Real Madrid to success in 2002 as the contest was staged in Robertson’s home city of Glasgow. He was just eight years old.
While Robertson was deemed too small to play for his boyhood idols, released at 15 with a future uncertain, he has grown to prove his worth on Europe’s biggest club stage with Liverpool.
Now, with a semifinal encounter against AS Roma after beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the last eight, he wants to emulate those Reds heroes who lifted the trophy five times before.
“I was a big Celtic fan growing up and my heroes were Henrik Larsson and Co,” Robertson told Arab News ahead of tonight’s first-leg clash 
at Anfield.
“But these heroes who have won the European Cup and Champions League for Liverpool, you have to look up to them — and we want to emulate them and hopefully get a winner’s medal too.
“The club’s won it five times and the history of the club has always been this, the Champions League, where the fans create a special atmosphere and the club challenges for the trophy. It would be unbelievable to be a part of that history.
“This is the highlight for me so far and an incredible feeling, but it just makes you hungry for more. I don’t want it to end.
“As a kid, you sit back and watch how great it would be to play in this competition, let alone in the final.
“I always used to go to Celtic and we didn’t progress very far in the Champions League, but the occasions at Parkhead were always unbelievable.
“The fans at Celtic are incredible, world renowned, but Anfield was unbelievable against Man City and we have another chance for them to create that same atmosphere and hopefully we can put in another great performance.”
Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s City so convincingly, 5-1 over two gripping games, Liverpool will start favorites against Roma.
That is despite the Italians upsetting Barcelona in the previous round with an epic 3-0 win in the second leg after a 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp.
But Robertson will take nothing for granted against a Roma side who last reached the final in 1984 where they were beaten by Liverpool in a penalty shootout at their Stadio Olimpico home.
“Barca are an unbelievable team,” added the Scotland left-back, 24. “But let’s not kid ourselves. For Roma to score three goals against Barcelona, that’s special.
“They’ve been unbelievable this season too in the Champions League and deserve to be in the semifinals. It will definitely not be an easy game.
“But once you get to the semis, the fear of who you are playing has gone because you know how good the teams are.
“It’s like you look forward to the possibility of playing in the final, that’s what drives you forward. We will have fire in our bellies because we are so close to getting there.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men will no doubt be looking to Mohamed Salah to conjure more magic against the club he left in the summer for £36.9 million ($51.5 million).
But Robertson insisted Liverpool are no one-man team and the Egyptian, crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after scoring 41 goals in an unforgettable campaign, epitomizes a team united and ambitious in their quest for glory.
“He’s just unbelievable,” said Robertson of the frontman.
“In the first half (of the second leg) against Man City we struggled to get him in the game and he wasn’t quite at it. But the second half he was different class and pops up with a goal to help us win it. That’s what he does.
“His goals have been incredible and long may that continue. He’s a great guy, so humble, and for someone who has done so much this season he’s so down to Earth.
“That’s credit to our squad because we don’t let anyone get ahead of themselves.
“Mo is no different, he’s a lovely person and stands for what we are as a team.”

 

HEART OF GOLD

Five years ago Andrew Robertson was playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football with Queen’s Park and earning extra money by selling concert tickets in the corporate offices at Hampden Park.
Last summer he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull City before Liverpool signed him for £10 million ($13.9 million).
In a career fraught with setbacks and hardships, he has been grateful, supporting foodbanks that help those in need.
“It’s all about giving something back to the less fortunate,” said Robertson.
“I’m in a fortunate position where I do a job I love and get paid well and it’s nice to give something back, especially in my hometown. I’ll always do that.
“It’s been a great journey for me in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. But I don’t forget where I came from. Maybe it is rare, but a lot more people are doing it now and I hope even more will.”