Olsen, Nats top Braves

Seattle TimesMay 7, 2010 

Thursday's highlights

Scott Olsen took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Willie Harris delivered the winning RBI single in the ninth, and the host Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday night.

After reliever Eric O'Flaherty (1-1) walked Adam Kennedy leading off the ninth, Peter Moylan came in and gave up a double to Ryan Zimmerman, then intentionally walked Cristian Guzman to load the bases with no outs. Harris then grounded a single past diving second baseman Martin Prado.

Giants 6, Marlins 3: Matt Cain (2-1) held Florida hitless until the sixth and worked into the eighth as visiting San Francisco completed a sweep.

Blue Jays 2, White Sox 0: Dana Eveland gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings as visiting Toronto extended its winning streak to five games.

Phillies 7, Cardinals 2: Roy Halladay had another impressive outing, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and host Philadelphia beat St. Louis.

In the news

Berkman talking trade

Lance Berkman would be open to waiving his no-trade clause if the Houston Astros asked him.

The All-Star first baseman, who first made the comments to the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, repeated then Thursday.

"I'm not going to back away from what I said because I still feel that way," he said. "If we're 20-70 and they say, 'Hey, we've got a trade for a bunch of hot prospects, and you're going to go compete for a championship,' I would definitely consider it."

Berkman, 34, was born in Waco, Texas, and attended Rice University in Houston before becoming a first-round draft pick by the Astros in 1997. He made his major league debut in 1999.

"I love it here," he said. "This is my home. I'm a Texan. It would be tough to have to go somewhere else, but by the same token if it was the right set of circumstances - which let me reiterate that we're nowhere close to right now - if it came to that and they came to me and said, 'Hey, would you be open to this or that?' I'd be open."

White, Floyd sue advisors: Former major leaguers Rondell White and Cliff Floyd filed a $12.5 million lawsuit in federal court against New Jersey financial advisers Steven Kolinsky and Stephan Hill, alleging they lost millions of dollars in a real estate development deal.

Renteria hobbling again: Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria has again been sidelined by a groin injury. Renteria missed four games because of the injury and rejoined the lineup Thursday against the Marlins, but he left for a pinch-hitter in the third inning.

What They're Writing

Seattle offense anemic

Cliff Lee stood in a near-empty Seattle Mariners clubhouse and talked about his desire to put a zero on the scoreboard every inning he pitches.

Left unsaid was the reality that any Seattle pitcher failing to do this even one time risks losing the game. That was again the case on a cold Wednesday night when Lee and company absorbed an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays after the home side failed to do much at the plate.

Lee did what he could to keep his team tied through seven innings before the roof caved in on Seattle in the eighth and ninth.

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