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Cubs hammer Brewers, catch Cardinals


UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs have regained their share of first place in the National League Central by salvaging the finale of their three-game series in Milwaukee.


Kyle Schwarber was the hitting star in the Cubs’ 11-4 mauling of the Brewers, hitting a grand slam and a three-run homer off Kyle Davies.


Milwaukee got within 7-3 until Schwarber singled and scored on Victor Caratini’s three-run shot.


Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch-ehz) extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring double in the fifth to chase Cubs starter Jose Quintana, who failed to get the win despite being staked to a seven-run lead. Quintana gave up four hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings, but the Cubs moved into a tie with St. Louis for the division lead.


The Brewers remain one game back.


The Cardinals were 6-2 losers to the Astros as the AL West leaders picked up the ninth victory in their last 11 games. George Springer led off the game with a home run before Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) and rookie Yordan (yohr-DAHN’) Alvarez went deep. Wade Miley gave up five hits in five shutout innings and improved to 9-4 with his first win since July 3.


Paul Goldschmidt’s six-game home run streak came to an end, leaving him tied with Mark McGwire for the longest in Cardinals history.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– J.T. Realmuto launched a grand slam and three other Phillies went deep in a 9-4 thumping of Atlanta. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Adam Haseley also homered for Philadelphia, which pulled within 6 1/2 games of the NL-East leading Braves. Aaron Nola improved to 9-2 and helped the Phils avoid a three-game sweep by cruising through six scoreless innings before faltering in the seventh.


– Stephen Strasburg is the major league victory leader after improving to 14-4 in the Nationals’ 11-4 rout of the Dodgers. Strasburg struck out nine, walked none and limited a potent Dodgers lineup to one run and two hits over seven innings to win his seventh consecutive start. Brian Dozier and Juan Soto homered, while Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) drove in four as Washington climbed back within 5 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Braves.


– Madison Bumgarner won his final start before the trade deadline as the Giants downed the Padres, 7-6. Bumgarner was reached for just four hits over seven innings, including Hunter Renfroe’s three-run homer. Rookie Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) had four hits, drove in two and scored the go-ahead run.


– The Mets tied a season high with their fourth straight win as Michael Conforto’s two-run homer ignited a six-run first in an 8-7 downing of the Pirates. Jason Vargas won a third straight start for the first time since last August, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings. New York sent Pittsburgh to its eighth straight loss and improved to 10-5 since the All-Star break.


– Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie in the Reds’ 3-2 win over the Rockies. Barnhart is 4-for-5 in two games since returning on Friday after missing 22 straight with a right oblique strain. Raisel Iglesias gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth before getting Ian Desmond to ground out for his second save in two days.


– Rookie outfielder Harold Ramirez homered, hit a line drive that scored the tiebreaking run and made consecutive catches against the fence to help the Marlins beat the Diamondbacks, 5-1. Miguel Rojas led off the first inning with a home run for the second consecutive game and Miami teammate Brian Anderson added his 14th homer. Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the Marlins.


– Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) belted a three-run homer while the Twins scored five times in the first inning of an 11-1 pounding of the White Sox. Jorge Polanco, Jonathan Schoop (skohp) and Max Kepler also connected as Minnesota ran its major league-leading total to 205 home runs. The AL Central leaders took three of four in Chicago and moved two games ahead of second-place Cleveland.


– The Indians wasted a 5-3 lead and a three-run homer by Carlos Santana in a 9-6 loss to the Royals. Trevor Bauer imploded during Kansas City’s five-run fifth and threw a ball over the wall in center field after being pulled by Cleveland manager Terry Francona. Nicky Lopez hit a two-run single in the fifth, Ryan O’Hearn drove in a pair and Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) smacked a solo homer for the Royals.


– Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) and Austin Romine each hit two-run homers off Chris Sale as the Yankees outscored the Red Sox, 9-6 to avoid a four-game sweep. Domingo German (gehr-MAHN’) took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and allowed four hits while striking out nine over 5 1/3 to move to 13-2. The Red Sox committed three errors to fall into third in the AL East, nine games behind the Yankees.


– Marcus Semien homered and scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Athletics’ 6-5 victory against the Rangers. Jose Leclerc walked Khris Davis with the bags filled after Matt Olson singled in Chris Hermann with the tying run. Texas rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth when Willie Calhoun’s RBI double off closer Liam Hendriks highlighted a three-run inning.


– Joey Wendle’s RBI grounder broke a 9-9 deadlock and capped the Rays’ rally from an 8-1 deficit in a 10-9 triumph over the Blue Jays. Ji-Man Choi and Guillermo Heredia (gee-HER’-moh heh-RAY’-dee-ah) each hit two-run homers and Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) added a game-tying solo shot in the eighth. The comeback prevented Aaron Sanchez from ending his 13-game losing streak since April 27.


– Matt Thaiss smacked his second home run of the game in the bottom of the ninth to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Orioles. Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) slammed his 650th homer and the Angels avoided being swept at home in a four-game series by Baltimore for the first time. Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR’) each drove in two runs, but the last-place Orioles could not complete their first four-game sweep in more than two years.


– The Mariners have extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Tigers, 3-2 on J.P. Crawford’s walk-off single with one out in the 10th inning. Dylan Moore led off the winning rally with a double against Jose Cisnero and scored the winning run as Seattle handed Detroit its sixth consecutive loss. Domingo Santana tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth with his 20th home run of the season.




Sabathia back on IL


UNDATED (AP) – Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) is back on the injured list because of right knee inflammation.
The 39-year-old left-hander also was on the IL because of knee inflammation from May 23 to June 2.


Sabathia’s knee is a chronic issue. He pitches with a brace and needs periodic injections during the season.


He intends to retire this year after his 19th major league season.


In other MLB news:


– The Indians have acquired pitcher Hunter Wood and infielder Christian Arroyo from the Rays for minor league outfielder Ruben Cardenas and international slot money. The 25-year-old Wood was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA over two starts and 17 relief appearances in five stints for Tampa Bay this season. The Rays also sent pitcher Ian Gibaut to Texas and acquired veteran utilityman Eric Sogard from the Blue Jays.


– The Mets have acquired All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays for two of New York’s top pitching prospects in 24-year-old left-hander Anthony Kay and 18-year-old righty Simeon Woods Richardson. Stroman is 6-11 in 21 starts despite a 2.96 ERA that is fifth-best in the American League. He has a $7.4 million salary and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season.


– The White Sox have activated rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez from the 10-day injured list and designated infielder Jose Rondon (rahn-DOHN’) for assignment. Jimenez was sidelined by an ulnar nerve contusion in his right arm and is batting .241 with 17 homers and 39 RBIs. Rondon is hitting .197 with three homers in 55 games with Chicago this year.




Ravens QB Griffin breaks thumb


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III will be sidelined for “at least a few weeks” after fracturing his right thumb during the team’s third practice of training camp.


The injury occurred Saturday night when Griffin hit his hand on a defender’s helmet during a workout at M&T Bank Stadium. It was the team’s first practice of the summer in full pads.




Hamlin gets 5th Pocono win


LONG POND, Pa. (AP) – Denny Hamlin had enough fuel to pull away off the final restart in an overtime finish for his fifth victory at Pocono Raceway.


Hamlin raced to his third victory of the season and 34th overall in NACAR Cup Series race, giving Joe Gibbs Racing its 11th win in 21 races this season.


Hamlin held off teammate Erik Jones, who needed a win to secure a spot in the playoffs.


JGR driver Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by William Bryon and Kyle Larson.




Dixon victorious in Ohio


LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) – Scott Dixon held off rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist to win the Honda Indy 200 for the sixth time.


Dixon won by 0.0934 seconds in the closest finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, putting himself back in contention to defend his IndyCar season championship. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver from New Zealand is third on the career victory list with 46.


Rosennqvist missed a chance for his first victory.


Points leader Josef Newgarden bumped third-place Ryan Hunter-Reay with two laps left and finished 14th.




Verstappen wins German GP


HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) – Max Verstappen won a chaotic and rain-soaked German Grand Prix as championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished 11th and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crashed near the end.


Verstappen kept his composure on a treacherous track to clinch his second victory this season and seventh of his Red Bull career. He topped a surprise podium ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who started from last




Koepka overtakes McIlroy to win in Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) had three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine and cruised to a three-stroke victory at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational.


Playing with Rory McIlroy in their first final-group pairing, the top-ranked Koepka closed with a bogey-free 5-under 65 at TPC Southwind for his seventh PGA Tour title. He finished at 16-under 264.


McIlroy followed his third-round 62 with a 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 11 under.


Webb Simpson had a 64 to finish second.




Langer wins his 4th Senior British Open title


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Bernhard Langer (LAHN’-gur) beat Paul Broadhurst by two shots to win the Senior British Open for his record-extending 11th senior major title.


Langer trailed Broadhurst by three shots before firing a 4-under 66 to finish at 6-under 274 for his record fourth Senior Open title.


After heavy rain delayed the round by almost six hours, the two-time Masters champion opened with four birdies on the front nine and added two more on Nos. 13 and 14 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes to build a four-stroke lead.


Broadhurst shot 71 to come second.




Jin Young Ko wins at Evian


EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) – Jin Young Ko has clinched her second major title of the season, firing a final round 4-under 67 in the rain to win the Evian Championship by two shots with a 15-under total of 269.


The 24-year-old South Korean closed out the victory after playing partner and longtime leader Hyo Joo Kim lost control with a triple bogey at the par-3 14th.


Kim finished in a three-way tie for second.




Bernal wins Tour de France


PARIS (AP) – Egan Bernal has become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as the three-week race ended with the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees.


The 22-year-old Bernal is the youngest Tour winner in the post-World War II era.


Bernal succeeded Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas as the British outfit posted a seventh Tour victory with a fourth different rider in eight years.


Thomas had to settle for second place this year.



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