Matt Stairs homered and drove in four runs and Jeff Suppan pitched Pittsburgh's first complete game in more than a year as the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-0 Sunday. \n"That was the most effective game pitched against us all season," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I can't say more than that." \nKenny Lofton and Jason Kendall sparked all of Pittsburgh's scoring against starter Shawn Chacon (11-4) by reaching base in three of the first four innings. Chacon was trying to become the majors' first 12-game winner, but left trailing 6-0 after four innings. \n"It's important for the leadoff guy to get on because anything can happen," Lofton said. "Things worked out today and we hope we can keep it going." \nSuppan (6-7) pitched a four-hitter for the Pirates' first complete-game shutout of the season. They have two shutouts by multiple pitchers. \n"We scored early and kept scoring runs and our defense was outstanding," said Suppan, who hadn't thrown a shutout since April 29, 2002, with the Royals. "I took it inning by inning and was able to keep making my pitches. Everything kind of happened for us." \nThe Pirates had gone 170 games without a complete game since Jimmy Anderson, now in the Reds' organization, beat Cincinnati on June 16, 2002. \nExpos 10, Blue Jays 2 \nTomo Ohka pitched 6 2-3 no-hit innings and didn't allow an earned run in his first complete game this season as the Montreal Expos beat the Blue Jays 10-2 Sunday. \nBut Ohka wanted even more after holding the powerful Blue Jays to a season-low two hits. \n"I'm not satisfied with the outing," Ohka said through an interpreter. "I would have been very happy if I had a no-hitter." \nCarlos Delgado broke up the no-hit bid with a seventh-inning double that scored Frank Catalanotto, who reached on an error. \n"I didn't know anybody was capable of doing that do us," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said of Ohka's performance. \nOhka (7-7) allowed two runs -- both unearned. \nHe hit Reed Johnson with a pitch leading off the third to give Toronto its only base runner in the first six innings. Ohka struck out four and walked none. \nHe kept his no-hit bid alive in the fifth by robbing Delgado of a hit with a stabbing grab of a comebacker. \nOn April 11, Ohka allowed just one hit -- a fourth-inning single -- in eight innings of a 10-0 win over the New York Mets. \nMike Bordick hit an RBI single in the eighth for Toronto's only other hit. \n"He had as dominating a performance as you're going to see. It's too bad he didn't complete it," Montreal manager Frank Robinson said of the no-hit bid. \n"I've seen him pitch outstanding games, but this was just a tremendous performance. He was just in complete control." \nRon Calloway went 3-for-5 with four RBIs for the Expos, who split six games with the Blue Jays this season. The teams will share the Pearson Cup, awarded to the winner of the interleague series. Each team has won the trophy three times, and there were three ties. \nThe trophy was named for former Canadian prime minister Lester B. Pearson. \nThe Blue Jays finished interleague play 10-8. Montreal was 9-9. \nToronto starter Kelvim Escobar (5-5) loaded the bases in the second inning before Calloway hit a two-run single that gave Montreal a 2-0 lead. \nCatalanotto reached safely in the seventh by hitting a grounder to first baseman Edwards Guzman, who dropped the ball and threw wildly to Ohka at the bag. \nThe Expos then employed a shift against the left-handed Delgado, who found the opening in the opposite field for his RBI double. \nMontreal scored six runs in the eighth on Jose Vidro's solo home run, Calloway's RBI single, Guzman's two-run single and on third baseman Eric Hinske's fielding error, that scored two runs. \nJohnson reached on Ohka's throwing error in the bottom of the eighth and scored on Bordick's RBI single. \nEscobar allowed three runs on eight hits in seven-plus innings. \nCalloway hit an RBI single in the ninth, and Mike Barrett added an RBI grounder.
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017