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Cards dump Nats, pad division lead


UNDATED (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have a little more breathing room atop the NL Central after moving three games ahead of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers.


The Cardinals took the rubber match of their series with Washington as Adam Wainwright outdueled Max Scherzer in the Redbirds’ 5-1 victory. The 38-year-old Wainwright limited the Nationals to an unearned run in seven innings, helped out by Dexter Fowler’s leaping catch at the wall to rob Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera of a three-run homer.


Tommy Edman and Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) homered for the Cards, who open a four-game set with the Cubs Thursday night at Wrigley Field.


The Cubs will be coming off a 3-2 loss to the Reds when they begin their battle with St. Louis. Jose Iglesias had an RBI double in the 10th inning to score Aristides (ar-eh-STEE’-dehs) Aquino, who began the two-out rally with a single. Reds slugger Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez hit his 48th homer to break Andres Galarraga’s single-season mark for a Venezuelan-born player.


The Brewers ended a four-game winning streak as Dinelson Lamet (dih-NEHL’-suhn LAM’-eht) struck out a career-high 14 while yielding just a run and three hits over six innings of the Padres’ 2-1 victory at Milwaukee. Rookie Seth Mejias-Brean hit his first career home run as the Padres ended a six-game losing streak.


Kirby Yates fanned pinch-hitter Ryan Braun with a runner on second to end it.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– Atlanta has its first three-game skid since mid-July after Bryce Harper’s two-run homer helped the Phillies post a 4-1 victory in Atlanta. Zach Eflin allowed an unearned run and five hits over seven frames as Philadelphia prevented the Braves from padding their nine-game lead over Washington atop the NL East. Atlanta’s magic number remains two.


– The Athletics pulled out a 1-0 win over Kansas City to stay two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the first AL wild card. Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) ended it with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the 11th, a half-inning after winning pitcher J.B. Wendelken worked in and out of a bases-loaded jam. A’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey struck out 11 while limiting the Royals to three hits over seven scoreless innings.


– The Rays erased a 6-4 deficit against Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and scored twice in the 11th to hold off the Dodgers, 8-7. Austin Meadows homered leading off the final inning, but the Rays needed Ji-Man Choi’s sacrifice fly to win it after Edwin Rios delivered an RBI single with two out in the 11th. Tommy Pham had a career-high five hits for the Rays.


– Cleveland earned its 16th consecutive win over the Tigers as Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) supplied a bases-loaded single with two out in the 10th to complete the Indians’ 2-1 victory. Carlos Santana singled home the tying run in the third before Puig’s fourth hit of the night allowed the Indians remain a half-game behind the Rays for the second AL wild card. Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (sih-VA’-lee) got a no-decision after limiting the Tigers to a run and four hits over a season-high 7 2/3 innings.


– Minnesota’s lead in the AL Central is down to four games over Cleveland following the Twins’ 3-1 loss to the White Sox. Eight pitchers combined to limit the majors’ top power-hitting team to just three hits, none until the sixth inning. Zack Collins homered and Yoan Moncada doubled twice as Chicago kept the Twins’ magic number at seven.


– The Astros picked up their 100th win and Gerrit Cole went over 300 strikeouts for the season in a 3-2 decision over the Rangers. Cole allowed two runs on six hits in earning his 14th straight win and 18th of the season. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) homered for Houston, which locked up a playoff berth and reduced its magic number to two for clinching the AL West.


– Adam Ottavino (ah-tah-VEE’-noh) sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols’ (POO’-hohlz) bases-loaded chopper in the sixth inning to score the tiebreaking run in the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton hit a second-inning double in his first at-bat since returning to the Yankees’ lineup. Stanton had been out since June 25 with a strained right knee ligament.


– Pete Alonso crushed his 49th home run and later worked out a tiebreaking, bases-loaded walk in a four-run ninth that gave the Mets a much-needed 7-4 win over the Rockies. Alonso is three away of Aaron Judge’s major league rookie record of 52 home runs set two years ago. Jeff McNeil also went deep for the Mets, who have set a club record with 225 homers this season.


– Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and Domingo Leyba had two RBIs as the Diamondbacks knocked off Miami, 5-4. Leake navigated through traffic while yielding three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Abraham Almonte hit his first career leadoff home run and Christian Walker added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks.


– The Giants’ 11-3 rout of the Red Sox made Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee) just the 11th manager in major league history with 2,000 victories. Stephen Vogt (voht) slammed a two-run homer and had four RBIs to back Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR’-jah), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.


– The Blue Jays came away with an 11-10 win over the Orioles on Randal Grichuk’s (GRIH’-chuhks) grand slam in the top of the ninth. Grichuk’s 30th home run highlighted a six-run ninth that began with Toronto trailing 9-5.


– The Mariners knocked off the Pirates, 4-1 behind back-to-back homers by Kyle Lewis and Tom Murphy. Lewis has homered five times since making his major league debut on September 10. Tommy Milone (mih-LOHN’) worked five scoreless innings of relief in Seattle’s fourth consecutive win.




Brees has surgery on right hand


UNDATED (AP) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) will miss several weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a ligament near his right thumb.


Coach Sean Payton wouldn’t discuss a timetable for Brees’ return, but said it’s unlikely he will be placed on injured reserve. That means doctors think Brees will be able to return this season.


Payton declined to name a starter for the Sunday’s game at Seattle. Teddy Bridgewater entered last Sunday’s loss to the Rams after Brees injured the thumb on his throwing hand while attempting a pass.



In other NFL news:


– Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher will undergo surgery on his injured groin, leaving the Chiefs without their blindside protector for Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) for the foreseeable future. Fisher hurt his groin in practice Friday but tried to play Sunday in Oakland. He only lasted a few plays before Cam Erving replaced him.


– The Cowboys have waived defensive end Taco Charlton, who didn’t live up to his billing as a 2017 first-round pick but should get a second chance with another team. The move clears a roster spot for defensive end Robert Quinn, who was suspended the first two games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.


– The Falcons have a new backup plan if punter Matt Bosher hasn’t recovered from a groin injury by Sunday’s game at Indianapolis. Matt Wile worked on punts and kickoffs after he was signed to the practice squad. Wile was Minnesota’s punter last season.


– Two people with knowledge of the investigation into Antonio Brown being accused of sexual assault tell The Associated Press that one of the accusers has met with NFL investigators and that there is no timetable for concluding the probe. One of the people also confirmed that the district attorney’s office and police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have reached out to Brown’s lawyer about the allegations Britney Taylor made against the Patriots wide receiver in a civil lawsuit.




Wizards’ Thomas has thumb surgery


UNDATED (AP) – Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone thumb surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined six to eight weeks.


The team says Thomas underwent surgery on Wednesday, two days after he ruptured the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb during routine workouts.


This injury is another blow to the Wizards, who are expected to be without guard John Wall for at least the first half of the season and perhaps all of it because of a ruptured Achilles tendon.



In other NBA news:


– Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai (tsy) has completed his purchase of the Nets and Barclays Center, then announced that he had hired former Turner Sports President David Levy as CEO. Tsai’s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved by the NBA’s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise.




Louisville, Pitino settle lawsuit


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The University of Louisville Athletic Association and former men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino have settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school.


Pitino’s personnel file has been changed to note he resigned and wasn’t terminated. He received no money in the settlement.


Pitino sued the ULAA for more than $38.7 million in November 2017. He accused the association of breaching its contract by firing him for cause the previous month in the wake of a federal bribery investigation of college basketball.




Plans call for Amazon operations at Pontiac Silverdome site


PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) – Online retail giant Amazon has proposed using the site of the former home of the Detroit Lions as a distribution center in a $250 million project that could bring 1,500 jobs.


Details of plans for the Pontiac Silverdome site in suburban Detroit were made public Wednesday night.


The city says its planning commission approved a permit for the site to be used as a warehouse, distribution and fulfillment campus. Pontiac says Seattle-based Amazon would lease buildings from a developer. Plans call for Amazon to start operating at the site as soon as next year.
The Lions played at the Silverdome from 1975-2001. It also was the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and hosted the Super Bowl in 1982. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.


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