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It’s not easy being Greene


UNDATED (AP) – Shane Greene isn’t exactly winning over a lot of Atlanta Braves fans since coming over from Detroit at the major league trade deadline.


Tucker Barnhart launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer off the new Braves closer in the 10th inning to send the Reds to a 6-4 victory in Atlanta. Greene’s first loss as a Brave came one day after he blew the save in the ninth inning of his team debut, an eventual 5-4 win against Cincinnati.


Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth off Amir Garrett to complete the Braves’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit before Barnhart belted his first round-tripper since May 25.


The outcome keeps Atlanta seven games ahead of Washington and Philadelphia in the NL East.


Arizona prevented the Nationals from gaining ground by getting a tiebreaking, two-run single from Adam Jones in the seventh inning to give the Diamondbacks a 7-5 victory. Jones finished with four RBIs and Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte hit an inside-the-park solo homer that put the DBacks ahead, 4-2. Gerardo Parra and Brian Dozier homered for the Nats, who have dropped four of five.


The Phillies suffered a 10-5 loss to the White Sox as Leury (lay-OOR’-ee) Garcia belted a grand slam and Eloy (EE’-loy) Jimenez added a three-run shot. Tim Anderson also went deep for Chicago, which took two of three in Philadelphia after getting swept at home by the Mets. Losing pitcher Drew Smyly allowed five runs in the second inning, four of them on Garcia’s 431-foot blast that landed just shy of the outfield concourse.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– The Cubs completed a big three-game sweep of the Brewers as Jason Heyward drove in three runs and Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings in a 7-2 victory that gives Chicago a 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. Heyward and Kyle Schwarber homered as the NL Central leaders won for the 11th time in 13 games at Wrigley Field. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) crushed his major league-best 37th homer for Milwaukee, which has dropped four straight and six of seven to fall four games behind the Cubs.


– The Cardinals were 4-2 losers in Oakland as Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) allowed a run and four hits over five innings of his Athletics debut. Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-suhn PROH’-fahr) connected for his 15th homer to help the A’s win for the sixth time in seven games. Dustin Garneau had two hits and two RBIs for the A’s after being claimed off waivers Saturday.


– Max Muncy’s fourth hit of the day was a two-run, walk-off double that gave the Dodgers a wild 11-10 win over the Padres. Muncy had a homer and two doubles while driving in three runs. Four Dodgers added two RBIs apiece as the NL West leaders beat San Diego for the third time in four days despite trailing 10-7 in the eighth inning on Sunday.


– Kyle Freeland earned his first win in nearly four months and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) homered twice to send the Rockies past the Giants, 6-2. Trevor Story went deep for the fifth straight game against San Francisco, tying the longest home run streak against an opponent in Rockies history. Donovan Solano had a pair of home runs off Freeland, who gave up just three other hits over five innings after entering the game with a 2-9 record.


– The Mets made it nine wins in their last 10 games as Jeff McNeil went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four runs scored in a 13-2 thrashing of the Pirates. J.D. Davis homered and drove in three to support Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd), who allowed just one run and three hits while going seven innings for the fifth consecutive start. But Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) strained his left hamstring while rounding first base after going 3-for-3 with an RBI.


– The Twins blanked the Royals, 3-0 to maintain their three-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central. Devin Smeltzer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first major league win, helping Minnesota complete a three-game sweep. Jason Castro homered and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs for the Twins.


– Shane Bieber scattered five hits in his major league-leading third complete game of the season as the Indians knocked off the Angels, 6-2 to wrap up a three-game sweep. Jason Kipnis smacked a solo homer and drove in three runs, and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) and rookie Oscar Mercado also hit solo shots for Cleveland. The Indians have gone a major league-best 37-15 since June 4, allowing them to shave 7 1/2 games off the Twins’ lead.


– Justin Verlander picked up his major league-best 15th win by holding the Mariners to a run and three hits while 10 strikeouts over six-plus innings of the Astros’ 3-1 victory. Verlander has won his last five games to help Houston starters go 14-1 in the last 17 contests. The Astros ace took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and exited after Kyle Seager led off with a home run.


– Gio Urchela’s (ur-SHEH’-luhz) two-run homer sparked a six-run third off David Price as the Yankees knocked off the Red Sox, 7-4 to complete a four-game sweep. Aaron Judge belted a solo homer and Mike Tauchman (TAWK’-man) capped the big rally with a two-run single. Boston dropped its eighth in a row despite home runs by Christian Vazquez and Michael Chavis.


– The Rays matched their longest winning streak of the season as Yonny Chirinos (YAH’-nee chih-REE’-nohs) allowed one run in five innings before leaving with a hand injury in Tampa Bay’s sixth straight victory, 7-2 against the Marlins. Chirinos gave up only two hits but was pulled after 63 pitches due to right middle finger inflammation. Diego Castillo, Colin Poche and Andrew Kittredge finished a six-hitter.


– Willie Calhoun laced a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning before the Rangers completed a 9-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Tigers. Shin-Soo Choo was 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored for Texas. The Rangers’ four-game win streak is their longest since a six-game run in late June.


– Trey Mancini drove in two runs and the Orioles took advantage of a wild major league debut by Yennsy Diaz to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5. Mancini has 15 RBIs in 13 games against Toronto this season. Diaz issued four walks and allowed two runs and a hit over 2/3s of an inning to allow Baltimore to take a 6-2 lead in the fifth.




Cubs shelve Contreras


UNDATED (AP) – The Cubs are spending time without catcher Willson Contreras, placing him on the injured list with a strained right hamstring suffered while running out a fly ball Saturday against the Brewers. He will undergo an MRI Monday to determine the severity of the injury.


Chicago recalled receiver Taylor Davis to replace the 27-year-old Contreras, who is batting .275 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 87 games this season.


In other MLB news:


– The Yankees have placed outfielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) on the injured list. Hicks has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right elbow after the team initially thought he had a torn ligament that could require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Encarnacion broke his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Boston.


– The Phillies have demoted third baseman Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies made the surprising move Sunday with Franco hitting just .231 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 102 games.


– Angels pitcher Felix Pena has a torn ACL in his right knee and has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Pena was injured covering first base in the second inning Saturday against Cleveland. Los Angeles also put shortstop Andrelton (AN’-druhl-tuhn) Simmons and right-hander Griffin Canning on the 10-day IL and brought up right-hander Luke Bard, first baseman/pitcher Jared Walsh and infielder Wilfredo Tovar from Salt Lake.


– Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has been activated from the injured list. Carpenter fouled a ball off his right foot against Pittsburgh on July 15 and missed 17 games with a bruise.


– Twins reliever Sam Dyson has gone on the injured list with right biceps tendinitis. Dyson allowed six runs and six hits in his two appearances with Minnesota, wasting a three-run, ninth-inning lead in a loss at Miami on Thursday.




Jordy Nelson retiring as Packer


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring as a member of the Green Bay Packers.


The 34-year-old Nelson played in Green Bay from 2008-2017, winning a Super Bowl with the team before spending last season with the Oakland Raiders.


Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in his 10 seasons in Green Bay. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014, missed the 2015 season with a knee injury and was named the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year.


He played in 15 games for Oakland last year, finishing with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three TDs.


In other NFL news:


– A person with knowledge of the deal confirms to The Associated Press that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is signing a two-year, $70 million contract extension. The person says the deal includes an $8 million bump in this year’s salary to $23 million. Brady would make $30 million in 2020 and $32 million in 2021, when he’d be 44. Brady had never played out the final year of a contract in his 20-year NFL career.


– Jaguars pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) has reported to camp following an 11-day holdout. He failed to land a new contract and will play for just over $2 million this season after seeking a $20 million annual salary.


– Jacksonville has signed former Vikings running back Roc Thomas, who is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. If he makes the team, he would be eligible to return Sept. 23. Thomas was sentenced to three years of probation in May after pleading guilty to felony marijuana possession.


– Free agent running back Theo Riddick has signed with the Broncos after his surprise release by the Lions last month. Riddick had 285 catches over six seasons in Detroit and 14 career touchdown receptions.


– Former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch was found dead yesterday in a hotel room in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was 71. Police say an initial investigation suggests he died of natural causes. Branch was one of football’s top deep threats during his 14 NFL seasons in Oakland and Los Angeles. He stands third among Raiders pass catchers with 8,685 yards receiving, trailing Hall of Famers Tim Brown and Fred Biletnikoff (bih-LIHT’-nih-kahf).




Poston gets first PGA win


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – J.T. Poston has won the Wyndham Championship for his first PGA Tour title, shooting an 8-under 62 for a one-stroke victory over Webb Simpson.


Poston tied Henrik Stenson’s 2-year-old tournament record at 22-under 258. He became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole stroke-play event on tour without any bogeys or worse.


The native North Carolinian began his round three strokes back and eventually took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole.


Shibuno wins Women’s British Open


MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) – Japan’s Hinako Shibuno wrapped up her stunning major championship debut by closing with a birdie to earn a one-shot win over American Lizette Salas at the Women’s British Open.


The 20-year-old Japan LPGA Tour rookie birdied five of the final nine holes for a 4-under 68 and 18-under 270 overall.


Jin Young Ko fell short in her bid for a third major title after winning the Evian Championship last week, finishing third following a 66.




Elliott repeats at The Glen


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) – It was deja vu for Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. at Watkins Glen on Sunday.


Elliott earned his second straight victory at the course, once again holding off Truex to become the first repeat winner at The Glen since Marcos Ambrose in 2011-12.


It was a two-car race for more than half the 220.5-mile distance and the entire final 40 laps. Elliott started from the pole and led 80 of 90 laps in snapping a long slump.


Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.




Hamilton wins Hungarian GP


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Lewis Hamilton overtook Max Verstappen near the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix to earn his 81st Formula One race victory and extend his championship lead.


The Mercedes driver is now only 10 wins behind seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher’s record of 91.


Sebastian Vettel finished behind Verstappen in third place for Ferrari ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr.



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