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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski goes about his work for the San Jose Earthquakes with little fanfare, the pursuit of Landon Donovan's Major League Soccer career scoring mark hardly weighing on his mind as he focuses more on being an example for his teammates and the youth. Wondo, as everyone calls him, played in college at tiny Division II Chico State, not part of an elite youth national team program. He didn't make his debut with the U.S. national team until six days before his 28th birthday in January 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig slugged a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to increase their NL West lead to 2½ games. Walker Buehler struck out a career-high 12 and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the second-place Rockies, giving the defending NL champions their largest division lead this season.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer and matched his career high with five RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 to snap a three-game losing streak. Oakland moved within four games of first-place Houston in the AL West and stayed 2 1/2 behind the New York Yankees for the first top card. The A's are 5 1/2 games ahead of streaking Tampa Bay for the second wild card with 10 to play.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Wil Myers and Freddy Galvis homered, Robbie Erlin pitched five solid innings and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 8-4 to avoid a three-game sweep. Myers' two-run homer highlighted a five-run second inning. Galvis added a three-run shot in the eighth as San Diego won for the second time in 10 meetings against San Francisco. Erlin beat the Giants for the first time and snapped a career-high four-start losing streak. His last victory came against the Rockies on Aug. 21.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Jamon Brown might have lost his starting job on the Los Angeles Rams' offensive line during his two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substances of abuse policy. If Brown isn't in the starting lineup when the unbeaten Rams host the Chargers this weekend, the right guard doesn't seem overly disappointed by the decision. Brown saw just how well Austin Blythe played in his unfortunate absence, and he knows he's got to go back to work.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Garoppolo's first two games of the season have been a mixed bag, with his shining moments counterbalanced by mistakes. A stern challenge awaits San Francisco's young quarterback Sunday when the 49ers travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Josef Martinez scored his second goal of the game in stoppage time and Supporters' Shield leader Atlanta United rallied to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-3, spoiling the debut of interim coach Steve Ralston. The game changed on a video replay midway through the second half.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Chargers haven't needed to rely too much on their run game during their first two games, but that might change Sunday against the Rams. The Chargers have called runs on 37.5 percent of their plays the first two weeks, which is the fifth-lowest percentage in the AFC. The Rams have gone 12 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

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