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Wire sports briefs: Zito does it all in Giants win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey drove in three runs while NBA star Kevin Durant cheered him from the stands, Barry Zito pitched another gem and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep of Colorado with a 10-0 victory on Wednesday.

Staked to a quick lead, Zito (2-0) won his 11th straight decision, dating to last year’s postseason. San Francisco earned its 16th consecutive victory in games he has started, the longest such run by a Giants pitcher since 16 in a row by Carl Hubbell for New York in 1936, STATS said.

Zito has thrown 14 scoreless innings so far, the deepest the lefty has gone without giving up a run to start a season in his 14-year career.

Posey hit an RBI triple in the first, a run-scoring double in the second and an RBI single in the fifth. He scored twice.

The Giants won their ninth in a row overall against Colorado. They also have beaten the Rockies nine straight times at AT&T Park.

Andres Torres hit a two-run single for the Giants, who chased Jeff Francis (1-1) in the second inning for the shortest start of his career. San Francisco had a season-high 16 hits a day after getting 14.

A’s get their seventh straight victory

ANAHEIM (AP) — Brandon Moss tied a career high with five RBIs, including his second homer in two games, and Oakland extended its winning streak to seven games with an 11-5 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Moss finished with four hits. His other five-RBI game was on Sept. 29 against Seattle, when he hit a game-ending, three-run homer in the 10th inning to give Oakland a 7-4 victory. It came during a season-ending six-game winning streak that propelled the A’s to their first AL West title since 2006.

Tommy Milone (2-0) threw 106 pitches over five innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks.

Joe Blanton (0-2) was charged with six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings and did not record a strikeout in his second outing with his new club.

Kings even their home record

SACRAMENTO (AP) — John Salmons had 22 points, and Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton each added 20 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a four-game losing streak with a 121-110 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

The Kings led by 17 at the half and surpassed the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter when they stretched the lead to 28 points against the struggling Hornets.

The victory halted a season-high five-game home losing streak for the Kings, who have a 20-20 record at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings haven’t had a .500 or better home record since the 2007-08 season when they went 26-15.

Isaiah Thomas had 15 points and DeMarcus Cousins 11 for the Kings.

Eric Gordon scored 23 points, Robin Lopez had 20 and Brian Robers a career-high 20 for the Hornets, who have dropped two straight and four of five. New Orleans went 1-4 on its road trip and has now lost 10 of 11 away from home.

Rookie Anthony Davis, the first pick in the 2012 draft, limped off the court midway through the fourth quarter after crashing to the floor while drawing an offensive foul against Thornton.

Xavier Henry scored 15 points and Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Quiet through the first three quarters, Thompson scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including three consecutive jumpers that thwarted any hopes of a New Orleans comeback.

Trailing by 30 points, the Hornets continued to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter. Gordon and Roberts both made two free throws, cutting the Sacramento lead to 113-100 with 3:41 remaining. But that’s as close as the Hornets would get.

Salmons had five points in 75 minutes over the previous three games, when he shot a combined 1 of 14. The veteran forward was 7 for 10 and made two 3-pointers for the Kings, who shot 55 percent.

The Hornets cut the Sacramento lead to 11 midway through the third quarter but the Kings responded, closing the quarter with a 17-6 run for a 95-73 lead going into the fourth. Salmons scored 12 points in the third for the Kings.

Earlier today, it was learned that the Maloof family ownership has given a Sacramento group seeking to buy the Kings until Friday at 5 p.m. to submit a written binding offer that matches the deal to sell the franchise to a Seattle group.

If the offer is not received or does not match the Seattle offer, the Maloofs reportedly will cut off any talks with the Sacramento group.

In January, the Maloofs agreed to sell their controlling interest in the Kings to Seattle investors — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen — for a reported $341 million.

The Sacramento group looking to purchase the Kings includes Silicon Valley software mogul Vivek Ranadive, East Bay health-club financier Mark Mastrov, Sacramento developer Mark Friedman, and the Jacobs family of San Diego.

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to decide the fate of the Kings at its April 18-19 meetings.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was in a courtside seat Wednesday and commented on the situation at halftime.

The Associated Press

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