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July 5, 2019
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Update on the latest in sports:




Cubs catch Brewers


UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have pulled back into a first-place tie with the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.


Kris Bryant hit his 17th homer and the Cubs ended a four-game losing streak by routing the Pirates, 11-3. Bryant tied a season high with four hits and Robel (roh-BEHL’) Garcia finished a double short of the cycle in his first major league start.


Willson Contreras drove in three runs for the Cubs, who erupted after manager Joe Maddon was ejected following an exchange with the Pittsburgh dugout. The incident ended with Maddon being restrained by home plate umpire Joe West.


The Bucs remain three games off the division lead.


The Brewers head to Pittsburgh after dropping three of four in Cincinnati.


Luis Castillo struck out nine while pitching one-hit ball into the eighth inning of the Reds’ third straight win over the Brewers, 1-0. Castillo was working on a no-hitter before rookie Keston Hiura (hee-OOR’-uh) singled with one out in the seventh.


Jesse Winker went 3 for 3 and scored the only run on Yasiel Puig’s (YAH’-see-ul pweegz) first-inning single to help Castillo improve to 8-3 and beat the Brewers for the first time in four starts this season.


The Reds are last in the NL Central but just 3 1/2 games out of first.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– St. Louis is within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central lead after Dexter Fowler slammed a two-run homer and Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) provided a solo shot in the Cardinals’ 5-4 win at Seattle. Tommy Edman put the Cardinals in front with a two-run single in the seventh, one day after belting a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning. The St. Louis bullpen scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings after Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) left the game trailing 4-3 in the fourth.


– The Braves spotted the Phillies a 4-0, first-inning lead before Dansby Swanson homered twice and drove in five runs in Atlanta’s 12-6 romp over Philadelphia. Ozzie Albies furnished the go-ahead, three-run blast in the third before Atlanta expanded its lead in the NL East to six games over Washington. The Braves hit five homers overall, giving them a combined eight in winning the final two games of the three-game series.


– The Nationals won for the 13th time in 16 games as Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking, RBI single in a 5-2 victory over the Marlins. Kurt Suzuki homered for the second straight day to help Washington complete a three-game sweep. Gerardo Parra doubled home two runs to back Anibal (AH’-nih-bahl) Sanchez, who allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings to stay unbeaten since returning from the injured list in late May.


– Hyun-Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn-ree’-OO’) and All-Star Cody Bellinger led the Dodgers to their ninth straight home win, 5-1 against the Padres. Bellinger belted his 30th home run and Ryu limited San Diego to three hits over six scoreless innings. Ryu lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.73 in his final appearance before starting for the National League in next week’s All-Star game in Cleveland.


– DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) and Gary Sanchez supplied the big hits while the Yankees scored five times in the 10th inning to double up the Rays, 8-4. LeMahieu broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single and Sanchez followed with a three-run blast that helped New York open a 7 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) hit his 25th homer in the Yankees’ 15th victory in 17 games since June 15.


– The Red Sox pulled out an 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on a tiebreaking, solo homer by pinch-hitter Marco Hernandez in the ninth inning. Michael Chavis hit a three-run homer and Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) added a solo shot as Boston took the rubber match of the three-game series. J.D. Martinez had three hits and Devers reached base four times for the Red Sox.


– Marcus Semien belted a grand slam and a solo shot in the Athletics’ 7-2 victory against the Twins. Semien sent the first pitch from Mike Morin over the wall in left-center during the eighth inning for his fourth career grand slam. Chris Herrmann had a career-high four hits and Wei-Chung Wang pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for his first career win in 34 appearances over three big league seasons.


– Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) drove in three runs and Jose Ramirez banged out a pair of solo homers as the Indians beat the Royals, 8-4 to complete a three-game sweep. Lindor broke a 3-3 deadlock with a two-run double while Cleveland scored six times in the seventh. Winning pitcher Adam Cimber tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to help the Indians get within six games of the AL Central-leading Twins.


– Lance Lynn matched the major league lead with his 11th win and the Rangers avoided a series sweep by whipping the Angels, 9-3. Lynn allowed just two runs over seven innings, including Mike Trout’s AL-leading 25th home run. Nomar Mazara had four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the third. Griffin Canning gave up six runs over 3 1/3 innings while starting in place of the late Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Texas hotel on Monday


– Niko Goodrum lined a two-run homer while the Tigers were scoring five times in the sixth inning of an 11-5 win against the White Sox. John Hicks and Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) each had two RBIs as Detroit won for the second time in 13 games. Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario homered in support of Matthew Boyd, who tied a career high with 13 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.




Lowe out, Torres in for AL All-Stars


UNDATED (AP) – Yankees infielder Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres is the latest player added to the American League All-Star team for Tuesday’s game in Cleveland.


Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe (low) was added to the roster Wednesday in place of Tommy La Stella, but Lowe has been placed on the injured list after fouling a ball off his right shin on Tuesday. Torres becomes the fourth addition to the AL squad after hitting .298 with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in his first 78 games of the season.


In other major league news:


– White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez had to leave Thursday’s game against the Tigers with a lacerated right hand that required three stitches. Sanchez was stepped on by Tigers first baseman Niko Goodrum when he went back to the bag after a leadoff single in the third.


– The Phillies have placed reliever Juan Nicasio on the 10-day injured list with a strained left groin. Left-hander Austin Davis was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.




Coco Gauff headlines play on Centre Court at Wimbledon


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Coco Gauff will be the headline act on Centre Court at Wimbledon.


The 15-year-old American who’s playing her first Grand Slam tournament will play the last match of the day at the All England Club’s biggest stadium when she faces Polona Hercog of Slovenia, another unseeded player.


Gauff has quickly become a star at the grass-court major championship. She beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round and 2017 semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second.


Another exciting teenager, 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, will also try to reach the fourth round when he takes on Ugo Humbert on No. 1 Court.


Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic faces Hubert Hurkacz earlier in that arena.


In early matches:


– Zhang Shuai of China became the first player to reach the second week of Wimbledon after knocking out former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.


– Former finalist Milos Raonic ended Reilly Opelka’s Wimbledon run by beating the towering American in straight sets in the third round.


Raonic broke twice in each of the last two sets to win 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-1.




Piercy leads after birdie binge


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Scott Piercy birdied eight of his final 11 holes for a 9-under 62 and the first-round lead at the inaugural 3M Open in Blaine, Minn.


Piercy is seeking his fifth career tour win and first since the 2018 Zurich Classic.


Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH’-kee maht-soo-YAH’-mah) are each two shots back at the TPC Twin Cities, one ahead of Brian Harman, Sungjae Im, Patton Kizzire and Sam Saunders.




Liu leads following 62


ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) – China’s Yu Liu broke her personal best on the same course with a 10-under 62 that gave her a one-shot lead among early starters in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.


Liu shot a career-low 63 a year ago in the second round of the Thornberry Creek tournament. She is just ahead of Yealimi Noh and Jeongeun Lee. Another shot back was a group that included Anna Nordqvist and Shanshan Feng.




Dolphins’ Norton injured in crash


MIAMI (AP) – Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton suffered multiple injuries in a car crash that required his left arm to be amputated.


Sports agent Malki Kawa confirmed the injuries in a tweet on Thursday morning.


The Florida Highway Patrol says the Ford F250 Norton was driving crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned early Thursday on State Road 836 near Miami. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews rendered aid to 22-year-old Norton, who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.


Norton played at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round in 2018. He spent much of last season on their practice squad. The Dolphins signed him in December.




Canadiens get Chiarot after losing Aho


MONTREAL (AP) – The Montreal Canadiens began using the money they won’t be paying Sebastian Aho by signing defenseman Ben Chiarot to a $10.5 million, three-year contract. Montreal had signed Aho to a $42.7 million, five-year offer sheet, but Carolina intends to match that contract and keep its best player.



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