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Lowry wins by 6


PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) – The silver claret jug is staying on the Emerald Isle after Shane Lowry captured the first British Open to be held in Northern Ireland since 1951.


Lowry endured the worst weather of the tournament, along with the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the final major of the year by six shots at Royal Portrush. The 32-year-old closed with a 1-over 72, the first time since 1996 the Open champion was over par.


Amid rain and strong wind, Lowry began making bogeys in the middle of the round without losing ground as no one from the last 12 groups broke par. Lowry was no worse than three shots ahead all day as he wrapped up his first major championship.


Lowry’s 15-under total was far better than runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, whose double-bogey on 14 left Lowry without a serious challenger.


Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) just missed becoming the first player to finish in the top three in all four majors during a calendar year. Tony Finau (FEE’-now) finished third at 7 under, one ahead of Koepka and Lee Westwood. Koepka opened with four straight bogeys in a 74.




Twins stay 3 up on Indians


UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Twins squandered a late-inning lead for the second straight day before maintaining their three-game advantage over Cleveland in the American League Central.


Max Kepler capped his four-RBI day by providing a walk-off single to give the Twins a 7-6 win over the Athletics. Ehire Adrianza’s third hit of the game was a triple that brought home the tying run in the ninth before he scored on Kepler’s game-winner.


Kepler and Jorge Polanco hit back-to-back doubles to start the first inning, but Oakland managed to erase a 4-0 deficit before losing for just the seventh time in 28 games.


Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer and added a sacrifice fly that put the A’s ahead, 6-5 in the eighth.


The Indians kept pace by getting a strong performance from Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) in a 5-4 victory against the Royals. Plesac was reached for two runs over six innings, allowing an RBI single in the first inning and Jorge Soler’s (soh-LEHRZ’) blast in the third.


Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) tied it with a two-run blast and Jose Ramirez added a solo shot that put the Indians ahead to stay.


Elsewhere on major league diamond:


– Michael Brantley drove in three runs with a pair of homers as the Astros beat the Rangers, 5-3 to take a 6 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL West. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vah) also went deep and Rogelio Armenteros (roh-HEE’-lee-oh ahr-mehn-TEHR’-ohs) pitched five solid innings to win his first major league start. Nomar Mazara (mah-ZAH’-rah) and Logan Forsythe homered for Texas, which has dropped seven straight.


– Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) belted a tiebreaking, two-run double to put Colorado ahead to stay in an 8-4 win against the Yankees. Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a homer and was 4-for-5 to help the Rockies halt a six-game skid. German (hehr-MAHN’) Marquez was reached for just two runs and three hits in seven innings as the Rockies ended the Yankees’ five-game winning streak.


– Tampa Bay’s season-worst losing streak has ended at five games with a 4-2 decision over the White Sox. Blake Snell struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, and batterymate Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) hit his first grand slam as the Rays moved nine games behind the AL East-leading Yankees. Snell allowed three hits and two walks while throwing a season-high 109 pitches.


– Asher Wojciechowski (who-joh-HOW’-skee) took an unlikely no-hitter into the seventh and Trey Mancini homered twice off Andrew Cashner as the Orioles blanked the Red Sox, 5-0 to take a series from Boston for the first time in 11 tries since 2017. Rafael Devers led off the seventh with a double against Wojciechowski, who entered the game with a 6.49 career ERA before allowing just the one hit while fanning a career-high 10 over 7 1/3 innings. Cashner gave up four runs and six hits in six innings to fall to 0-2 since being acquired by the Bosox.



– Brian Goodwin supplied two of the Angels’ four round-trippers in a 9-3 pounding of the Mariners. Resurgent slugger Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) sliced a second-inning solo drive into the right field seats for his 648th career homer. Mike Trout added to his AL-leading totals with his 32nd home run and 79th RBI, hitting a solo shot in the seventh.


– The Tigers ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Blue Jays, 4-3 on a walk-off homer by Nicholas Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs) in the 10th inning. Castellanos bailed out Shane Greene after the closer served up a tying, two-run homer to Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. in the ninth. Tyler Alexander allowed one run over seven innings, and JaCoby Jones homered as Detroit won for only the eighth time in their last 41 games.


– The NL Central race is a little tighter after Francisco Mejia (meh-HEE’-uh) homered and Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. drove in three runs to lead the Padres past the division-leading Cubs, 5-1. Mejia and Tatis had two hits apiece for the Padres, who scored three runs in the ninth to secure their second win in nine games. Kyle Hendricks allowed just two runs through seven innings, but the Cubs fell to 7-2 after the All-Star break.


– Tyler Saladino had his first career grand slam before Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) hit a go-ahead run-scoring single in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 7-4 victory at Arizona. The Brewers are two games off the NL Central lead after winning for the fifth time in six games. Alex Avila hit his 100th career homer, a two-run shot in the second to put the Diamondbacks up 4-0.


– The Cardinals’ 3-1 win at Cincinnati pulls St. Louis within 2 1/2 games of the Cubs. Yairo (JY’-roh) Munoz celebrated a rare start with a home run and a triple while providing three of the Redbirds’ six hits. Four different Cards stole bases during a two-run second.


– Kevin Gausman tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Braves whipped the Nationals, 7-1 to restore their 6 1/2-game lead over Washington in the NL East. Gausman scattered five hits and had eight strikeouts to help Atlanta gain a split of the four-game series. Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. smacked a two-run homer and Josh Donaldson drove in a pair with a single and a solo shot.


– Walker Buehler struck out 11 over seven innings of the Dodgers’ 9-0 thrashing of the Marlins. Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock went deep as the NL West leaders won for the sixth time in nine games since the All-Star break to take a ridiculous 16-game lead. Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto lost for the first time in seven major league starts, yielding two homers and five runs over four innings.


– The Giants beat the Mets in extra innings for the third time in four days as Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) homered in the bottom of the 12th to complete San Francisco’s 3-2 victory. The Giants received seven shutout innings of two-hit relief after Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario homered off starter Conner Menez in the second. Buster Posey was 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Giants moved back to .500.


– Rhys (rees) Hoskins slammed his 21st home run to give the Phillies a 2-1, 11-inning triumph at Pittsburgh. Drew Smyly made his first start with the Phillies, allowing one run and four hits in six innings. A fan casually walked to home plate in the sixth inning and approached Philadelphia hitter Brad Miller for a handshake before being apprehended.




Baseball Hall grows by 6


UNDATED (AP) – The Baseball Hall of Fame now includes pitchers Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina (moo-SEE’-nah), Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay, along with designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines.


The six were inducted at Cooperstown on a sizzling Sunday in upstate New York. Naturally, Rivera closed the ceremony after the all-time saves leader became the first unanimous selection into the Hall.


In other baseball news:


– Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday as the right-hander continues his comeback from a broken forearm. Kluber threw off the mound for the second time since being struck on the right arm by a line drive on May 1 against Miami.


– Brewers All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff left his start Sunday against the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning with an abdominal injury. Woodruff grimaced after throwing a second strike to Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Tim Locasto.


– Mark Reynolds has been cut by the Rockies, two home runs shy of 300 after hitting .170 with four homers and 20 RBIs in limited at-bats. The 13-year veteran was a key member of Colorado’s 2017 wild-card team, hitting 30 homers with 97 RBIs.


– The Rays have placed center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (KEER’-my-ur) on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left thumb and recalled outfielder Guillermo Heredia from Triple-A Durham. Kiermaier is hopeful he will only miss a couple of weeks.


– Outfielder Keon Broxton has been designated for assignment by the Orioles after hitting only .204 with four homers and nine RBIs in 37 games for Baltimore. Broxton was obtained from the New York Mets on May 22 for $500,000 in 2019-20 international signing bonus pool allotment.




Harvick gets first Cup win of year


LOUDON, N.H. (AP) – Kevin Harvick picked up his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by holding off Denny Hamlin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


The two made contact coming out of the final turn before Harvick finished just over 0.2 seconds ahead of Hamlin for his 46th series victory and first since last November in Texas.


Driving a backup car after wrecking during a practice lap Friday, Hamlin led 113 laps but couldn’t catch Harvick after pitting on a caution on the 265th lap.


Erik Jones was third, and Ryan Blaney fourth.




Bucs ink top pick


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed first-round pick Devin White, the fifth overall selection out of LSU.


White was the 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top college linebacker and was a first-team All-American. He is expected to be an immediate starter at inside linebacker.




Yates takes 15th stage, Alaphilippe keeps yellow jersey


FOIX, France (AP) – Simon Yates of Britain posted a second stage win with a solo raid during the last Pyrenean trek of the Tour de France.


Yates triumphed in Stage 15, three days after his first stage victory in the southwestern mountain range. Thibaut Pinot crossed the finish line in second place, 33 seconds behind Yates.


Julian Alaphilippe cracked in the final of the four climbs on the program but salvaged his yellow jersey.



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