Update on the latest in sports:
Brewers storm past Twins
UNDATED (AP) – An eighth-inning homer has pulled the Milwaukee Brewers within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central lead.
Rookie Trent Grisham belted a three-run homer in the eighth inning to turn the Brewers’ 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Ryan Braun reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jorge Polanco and Hernan Perez singled before Grisham went deep.
Matt Albers worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the victory for the Brewers.
Mitch Garver, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano each hit solo homers for the Twins, whose lead in the AL Central remains a half-game over Cleveland.
The Cardinals have pulled even with the Cubs for the NL Central lead after rookie Dakota Hudson tossed six innings of five-hit ball in a 6-0 shutout of the Royals. Kansas City starter Brad Keller had a no-hitter until Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah) singled to spark the Redbirds’ five-run seventh. Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored for St. Louis, which didn’t allow a run in sweeping the two-game series.
The Cubs were blasted in Philadelphia as J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper homered twice in the Phillies’ 11-1 thrashing of Chicago. Cole Hamels was rocked for eight runs and nine hits over two-plus innings in his first start in Philadelphia since being traded by the Phillies to the Rangers four years ago. Aaron Nola is 11-3 after limiting the Cubs to three hits over seven innings, including Kris Bryant’s home run.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
– The Braves kept their six-game lead over Washington in the NL East by scoring five times in the seventh inning of a 6-4 verdict over the Mets. Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR’-tay) opened the scoring with an RBI double in the second and later singled home a run in Atlanta’s big rally. Steven Matz gave up just two hits over six innings, but New York dropped its third in a row since winning 15 of 16.
– Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’), Kurt Suzuki and Adam Eaton hit homers in a 10-run fifth that was the difference in the Nationals’ 17-7 dismantling of the Reds. Stephen Strasburg chipped in an RBI single during the big rally and allowed four runs and seven hits over 5 2/3s. Cincinnati starter Trevor Bauer was tagged for a career-high nine runs over 4 1/3 innings in his third appearance since arriving from the Indians at the trade deadline.
– Clayton Kershaw was outstanding in the Dodgers’ 9-1 romp over the Marlins, yielding just two hits and matching a season-high with 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. Rookie Edwin Rios hit his first two major league homers for the NL West leaders, who have outscored Miami 34-2 in the last three games. Justin Turner went 3-for-5 with a home run, and Corey Seager homered and had three RBIs to help Los Angeles stretch its division lead to 19 1/2 games over the Diamondbacks.
– The Rockies pulled out a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Nolan Arenado’s (ar-eh-NAH’-dohz) two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. The walk-off blast came a half-inning after Ketel Marte (keh-TEHL’ mahr-TAY’) delivered a two-out, run-scoring single to give Arizona the lead. Pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon launched a three-run homer for Colorado after homers by Eduardo Escobar and Wilmer Flores helped the Diamondbacks go ahead, 5-2.
– The Indians lost to the Red Sox for the second straight day as Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) followed his 6-for-6 performance with a homer and a single in Boston’s 5-1 victory. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) homered twice for the Bosox, including a three-run blast that broke the game open in the seventh inning. Devers and Bogaerts opened the scoring in the third with back-to-back home runs off Shane Bieber, who fell to 12-5.
– The Yankees earned their 16th straight win over the Orioles as Gary Sanchez unloaded a three-run blast in the first inning to help New York earn a 6-5 victory. Mike Ford’s two-run single in the sixth was the difference as the Yankees finished 17-2 versus the last-place Birds this season. The Yankees hit 61 homers off Baltimore pitching this season and outscored the O’s, 151-83.
– The White Sox squandered a late three-run lead before James McCann hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning of a 13-9 win over the Astros. Rookie Eloy (EE’-loy) Jimenez hit his 20th homer and Tim Anderson doubled twice among four hits for Chicago. Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) smacked a two-run homer eighth to tie it 9-9 before Houston lost for the third time in four games since an eight-game winning streak.
– Matt Chapman’s second home run of the afternoon was a big ninth-inning blast that helped the Athletics completed a 9-5 win at San Francisco. The A’s blew most of a 7-0 lead before gaining a split of the two-game series. Robbie Grossman also went deep and Matt Olson added a two-run double to back Homer Bailey, who singled twice and worked seven shutout innings.
– Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) had four hits and two RBIs as the Rangers knocked off the Blue Jays, 7-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. Nomar Mazara and Danny Santana hit solo homers to back Kolby Allard, who allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings for his first win for Texas. Santana chased Blue Jays right-hander Sean Reid-Foley with a two-run double in the fourth.
– Edwin Jackson allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in five innings to get the victory in the Tigers’ 3-2 decision over the Mariners. Victor Reyes hit a two-run single in the second inning to put Detroit ahead to stay. Harold Castro had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers moved to 4-6 on their 11-game homestand.
– Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) had two hits and three RBIs as the Angels knocked off the Pirates, 7-4 to end a three-game home losing streak. Pujols’ 3,167th hit moved him past fellow Dominican Republic native Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) for the most by a foreign-born player. Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) drove in two runs and winning pitcher Dillon Peters was reached for two runs over six innings.
– Cal Quantrill limited the Rays to two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory. Quantrill and the San Diego bullpen blanked Tampa Bay after Tommy Pham belted a two-run homer in the first inning. Eric Hosmer homered to help the Padres beat the Rays for the first time in their last 10 meetings since June 2010.
Mets’ McNeil on IL
UNDATED (AP) – The New York Mets have placed All-Star Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured list and have recalled infielder Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Syracuse.
The Mets say McNeil suffered a low grade left hamstring strain when trying to beat out an infield grounder in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
McNeil is hitting .332 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs.
The 29-year-old Tejada played with the Mets from 2010 through 2015.
In other MLB news:
– Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH’-tah) likely will have season-ending surgery because of a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Arrieta has been pitching through pain for several starts, but his inability to go more than five innings led him to shut it down. Zach Eflin will rejoin the starting rotation and take Arrieta’s spot on Saturday.
– Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn) will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery for a second time. The club initially hoped Taillon would only need surgery on his right flexor tendon. But, during the operation, the doctor determined Taillon also needed surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.
– Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer says he is “ready to get in a game” for the Nationals and come off the injured list. Scherzer played catch at Nationals Park on Wednesday, a day after throwing the equivalent of about two innings in a simulated game. He said he felt able to return to action following a back muscle problem. Manager Dave Martinez did not rule out the possibility that the right-hander could pitch this weekend against the Brewers.
– Astros ace Gerrit Cole has undergone tests on his right hamstring after he was a late scratch in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the White Sox. Cole experienced discomfort in his leg while warming up and never took the mound.
– The Rays have placed starting outfielder Avisail (ah-vee-SY’-eel) Garcia on the 10-day injured list, a day after he sustained an oblique strain against the Padres. Garcia has started 101 games this season, posting a .278 batting average, 17 home runs and 57 RBIs.
– Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval has landed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. Manager Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee) says the injury has bothered Sandoval to varying degrees for several years, but it flared up Sunday when the 33-year-old switch-hitter was batting right-handed.
Tate says doctor told him fertility drug not banned
UNDATED (AP) – New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III is considering taking legal action against the doctor who prescribed a fertility drug that led to his four-game suspension at the start of the season.
The suspension will cost Tate $1.2 million in salary. He did not identify the doctor.
Tate said he never hesitated to take a prescribed fertility drug, because the doctor told him he had given it to other NFL players and it was not banned. He said he found out less than a month later it was.
NHL-RED WINGS-LIGHTNING TRADE
Red Wings get Erne from Lightning
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Adam Erne (UR’-nee) from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft.
The 24-year-old Erne had seven goals and 20 points in 65 games for the Lightning last season and was among team leaders with 159 hits.
Wizards hire Jamison
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Wizards are continuing their front office overhaul by hiring Antawn Jamison as director of pro personnel. Jamison returns to Washington, where he played for six seasons as part of his 17-year NBA career.
No resolution in talks with US women’s team, USSF
UNDATED (AP) – Players for the World Cup champion women’s national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay have ended without a resolution.
Player representative Molly Levinson said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury trial. She added that players concluded the meetings “sorely disappointed in the federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior.”
The players sued the federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.
Tokyo’s summer heat forces triathlon test to be shortened
TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo’s summer heat has forced an Olympic women’s triathlon qualifying event to be shortened because of high temperatures that are likely to impact next year’s games.
The International Triathlon Union reduced the running portion of the triathlon from 10 kilometers to 5 kilometers because temperatures fell within what it termed “extreme levels.”
Tokyo’s summers are a worry for organizers of the Olympics, which open on July 24, 2020. Temperatures are routinely above 32C or 90F with high humidity.
This wasn’t a problem during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which were held in October. The schedule and demands of television force the midsummer schedule this time.