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    TORONTO -- In their first-round playoff sweep of the Rochester Americans, the Toronto Marlies only conceded five goals. Custom Texas Rangers Jerseys . But in the first game of their second-round series against the Grand Rapids Griffins, they allowed seven. Tomas Tatar scored twice and added an assist as the Griffins thumped the 7-0 in Game 1 of the American Hockey Leagues Western Conference semi-final series on Friday night. "I cant remember losing a game like that since Ive been here," said Toronto head coach Dallas Eakins. "I loved the way that we started the game. I thought we came out stomping. It was exactly how we wanted to start." Mitch Callahan, Chad Billins, Teemu Pulkkinen, Luke Glendening and Jan Mursak also scored for the Griffins. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in recording his second shutout of the playoffs. Its not that the Marlies were overmatched in any way. It was quite the opposite off the start as the Marlies came out firing, registering the first six shots on goal. But two quick Griffins goals in the first period put the Marlies on the back foot early and they were never able to recover. Mrazek was stellar for the Griffins and penalty trouble in the third period killed any chance of Torontos attempts to stage a late comeback. Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre had a tough night giving up six goals on 28 shots and was replaced by Garret Sparks early in the third period. Sparks made 10 saves on 11 shots. "I was really bad. I was horrible," said MacIntyre. "I wasnt sharp. I did a lot of bad things. But I think Ill be fine." Callahan opened the scoring at 8:55 of the first after the Griffins worked the puck around quickly off a faceoff in the Toronto zone. Brennan Evans quickly picked up the puck and got it back to the point where Callahan fired through traffic. Just 34 seconds later, Billins was another recipient of some quick work off the draw as he fired in his first of the playoffs from the point. While MacIntyre was critical of his own performance, his coach was quick to come to his defence as MacIntyre has bailed out the Marlies repeatedly since joining the team in February. "None of those goals were soft goals on Drews part," said Eakins. "It was just one of those nights where everything they touched was going in that net and it was a night for us where we couldnt get anything. There was no let-up from the Griffins as they scored their third of the game just 1:14 into the second. After a poor Marlies clearance from the corner, Tomas Jurco found Pulkkinen beside the goal with a slap pass that Pulkkinen then converted from close range. Tatars first of the night game at 19:42 of the second when he was given plenty of time beside the Marlies goal to get a couple of shots at a loose puck before banging a shot in off MacIntyre. MacIntyres night was done after the Griffins added two more goals in the first 5:48 of the third. Theres not much time for the Marlies to dwell on getting blown out in game one. Game two takes place less than 24 hours later on Saturday afternoon. "I wouldnt want to be thinking about this one for much longer," said MacIntyre, admitting he was pleased that he gets another crack at the Griffins on Saturday. "Im really excited to get back out." Tatar got his second of the night when he came out from behind the goal and was given plenty of time to wait and pick his spot at 3:16. At 5:48, Glendening scored a close-range goal from MacIntyres right side. Notes: The Marlies were without defenceman Jesse Blacker who was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blacker had missed the entire first round with a lower body injury. a Spencer Abbott was also out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury. a Attendance on Friday night was 3,812. Ferguson Jenkins Jersey . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Jurickson Profar Jersey . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. http://www.authenticrangerspro.com/rangers-mike-napoli-jersey/ . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle preferred to look ahead, and it was hard to blame him.Domingo Santana had his first career two-home run game, Jonathan Villar hit his first grand slam and Chris Carter connected for his 32nd homer as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled to a 10-0 victory over the sputtering Pirates on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.The Pirates have lost six in a row since sweeping a four-game series at Milwaukee last weekend, falling 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second National League wild card. The Pirates host the Cardinals in a three-game series beginning Monday.This ones done, Hurdle said. Learn from it. The schedules been fortunate for us. We get to chase the team that were chasing. We all need to hit the reset and refresh button and go on. Lamenting about the past doesnt do anybody any good.The Brewers are in fourth place in the NL Central with a 60-76 record.Santana, who has six home runs while being limited to 54 games this season because of a shoulder injury, hit a solo shot off starter Steven Brault (0-2) to open the scoring. The third-year outfielder hit the second of back-to-back homers with Carter, who had a three-run drive, off rookie left-handed reliever Kelvin Marte during a five-run ninth.Santanas first homer was the only run Brault allowed in five innings.Making his fourth career start, Brault gave up four hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Both of his losses have come against the Brewers.The first three innings, I was still kind of rushing and everything was fast, Brault said. I was trying to breathe and trying to slow down, but I was having a hard time with it. As the game went on, I got better and better.Villar connected as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the sixth inning off Juan Nicasio to break open a 1-0 game. Normally the Brewers third baseman, Villar did not start for a second straight day because of a sore left knee that was the result of the Pirates Josh Harrison sliding into him Friday night.It was the 12th home run of the season for Villar, adding to the four-year veterans career high, as he helped the Brewers win their fourth straight game.Chase Anderson (8-11) scattered five hits over five innings while striking out two and waalking none as he combined with three relievers on a six-hitter. Prince Fielder Jersey. Anderson has not recorded an out in the seventh inning in 14 starts since June 8 but has not allowed more than three runs in 11 starts since June 28.Its huge, Anderson said of the sweep. Were such a young team and its important that we can bounce back from losing (six) in a row. We just want to keep growing together and come back next year and have a better season.The Brewers allowed four runs in the series.Theres room for improvement all over the place on offense, Hurdle said.Santana had three of the Brewers 13 hits. Carter finished with two hits and three RBI and Keon Broxton doubled twice.Harrison had two hits.TRAINERS ROOMBrewers: With Villar limited to pinch-hitting, INF Yadiel Rivera was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to provide depth.Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (elbow inflammation) is on schedule to be activated from the disabled list Sept. 12 and start at Philadelphia. He has been out since Aug. 25. ... 3B Jung Ho Kang (sore left shoulder) is expected to activated from the DL on Monday after being sidelined since Aug. 20. ... RHP Neftali Feliz said he felt better after leaving Saturday nights game with arm discomfort but there is no timetable for when he may pitch again.COUNSELL EJECTEDBrewers manager Craig Counsell was ejected in the second inning by second base umpire and crew chief Brian Gorman following a long argument over an obstruction callWith the Brewers leading 1-0, Orlando Arcia appeared to score from first base after third baseman Adam Frazier threw wildly to first base on Hernan Perezs two-out grounder. The throw pulled first baseman John Jaso off the bag and he collided with Perez.The umpires, after huddling twice, ruled obstruction on Jaso and sent Arcia back to third base, where he was left stranded when Carter lined out.UP NEXTBrewers: Rookie RHP Zach Davies (10-6, 4.07 ERA) faces Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (13-7, 2.09) on Monday in the opener of a three-game home series.Pirates: Rookie RHP Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.70) opposes St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright (9-8, 4.53) in the series opener. 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