AP Monday Sports Roundup
Colon gets win No. 8
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are within a half-game of first place in the National League East after Bartolo Colon became the NL's first eight-game winner.
Colon supplied an RBI double and allowed three runs in seven innings as the Mets beat Miami 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. He blew a 3-1 lead before Ruben Tejada bailed him out with a tiebreaking double in the seventh.
Colon is 8-3 despite a 4.72 ERA. He joins Seattle ace Felix Hernandez as baseball's only eight game winners.
Cincinnati did the Mets a favor by completing a three-game sweep of Washington. Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips each homered and had two RBIs as the Reds pounded the NL East leaders 8-2. Phillips singled home the tiebreaking run while the Reds were scoring six times in the seventh inning.
Also in the majors:
— Johnny Giavotella snapped a 2-2 deadlock with a two-run single in the eighth inning of the Angels' 4-2 victory over Detroit. Giovotella and Chris Ianette each had two of the Angels' nine hits.
— Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as San Diego thumped Pittsburgh 7-1. Odrisamer Despaigne gave up a run and seven hits in eight innings as the Padres dealt the Pirates their second loss in three games since a seven-game winning streak.
— Colorado handed Philadelphia its seventh straight loss as Nolan Arenado and D.J. LeMahieu hit two-run homers and Colorado's bullpen tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Phillies. Chris Rusin relieved starter Jordan Lyle and fired 4 2/3 innings to help the Rockies win their fourth in a row and seventh in their last eight games.
— Steve Souza Jr. homered for the third time in three games, a three-run blast that put Tampa Bay ahead 6-2 in a 9-5 triumph at Baltimore. David DeJesus also homered and Joey Butler had a career-high four hits as the Rays overcame two homers apiece by Delmon Young and Manny Machado.
— Jhonny Peralta provided the Cardinals' offense in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting a two-run homer and an RBI single. Carlos Martinez held the Dodgers to no runs and one hit in seven innings after wiping away tears during the team's pregame tribute to late teammate Oscar Taveras.
— The Chicago White Sox were 6-0 winners at Houston behind John Danks, who went the distance on a 10-hitter. Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer and Conor Gillaspie slapped a two-run single as the White Sox took the rubber match of the three-game set.
— Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer and Torii Hunter had a go-ahead double in the seventh inning as the Twins beat the Blue Jays 6-5. The Twins took the rubber match despite losing starter Ricky Nolasco to a sore right ankle in the second inning.
— The Chicago Cubs beat Kansas City 2-1 on an RBI single by David Ross in the bottom of the 11th. The game-winning hit came after Dexter Fowler was thrown out at the plate by Royals left fielder Alex Gordon while trying to score on a single.
— Pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton laced a two-run double with two out in the ninth to complete the Rangers' 4-3 victory over Boston in Texas. Adrian Beltre collected two RBIs before leaving the game with a sprained and cut left thumb in the fifth inning, an injury that will keep him out at least two weeks.
— Jesse Chavez gave up seven hits and no walks in eight shutout innings as Oakland downed the New York Yankees 3-0. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer for the A's, who took three of four from the Yanks for their first series victory since May 1-3 against Texas.
— Jace Peterson hit a bases-loaded triple while Atlanta put together a four-run ninth to beat San Francisco 7-5. Peterson's go-ahead hit came after Freddie Freeman homered off Santiago Casilla, who blew a save for the third time this season.
— Michael Brantley worked out a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning and David Murphy followed with a two-run single for the final margin in Cleveland's 6-3 win at Seattle. The Indians trailed 3-0 until Ryan Raburn hit a solo shot in the sixth.
— Milwaukee and Arizona were in the bottom of the 17th when Martin Maldonado homered to give the Brewers a 7-6 triumph over the Diamondbacks. Maldonado and Jean Segura each had four hits and two RBIs.
Verlander roughed up in rehab start
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Detroit Tigers star Justin Verlander struggled in his first rehab start, giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings for Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.
The former American League MVP and Cy Young winner is trying to work his way back into the Tigers' rotation from a right triceps injury he sustained in spring training.
The Tigers have not announced whether Verlander will continue his rehab or now join the major league team.
Johnson wins again
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Defending champion Jimmie Johnson is now a 10-time winner at Dover International Speedway after a first-place performance in the FedEx 400.
He led the final 23 laps and finished ahead of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne for his series-leading fourth victory of the season. Johnson pulled away on the final restart to win the race and become the fifth NASCAR driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup victories at a single track.
Harvick held a comfortable lead until the field was bunched on a late caution.
Bourdais takes the flag
DETROIT (AP) — Sebastian Bourdais finished first in the second of two IndyCar weekend races in Detroit.
The race was shorted from 70 laps to 68 because of a two-hour time limit.
The winner of the first race on Saturday was Carlos Munoz, who finished last in the second race.
Gentry lands head coaching job
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans made it official late Saturday, announcing the hiring of Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry to be their new head coach. He replaces Monty Williams, who was fired despite guiding the team to the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Gentry will continue to serve as the Golden State Warriors' assistant coach through the NBA Finals. He has served as a head coach four times in the NBA, compiling a career record of 335-370.
Love set to return
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Injured forward Kevin Love says he will exercise his option to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The former All-Star suffered a severe shoulder injury in the final game of the first round playoff series with Boston.
Love averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds as a first-year Cavalier this season.
FRENCH OPEN-DAY 8
Rain, rain go away
PARIS (AP) — Rain has played havoc with the French Open schedule on Sunday. There was so much of the wet stuff that defending champion Maria Sharapova will have to wait until Monday to try to take another step toward what would be a third French Open title in four years.
Men's second seed Roger Federer and France's Gael Monfils are tied at one set each in their fourth-round match, which has been suspended until Monday because of fading light on center court. Federer won the first set 6-3 and Monfils bounced back to take the second 6-4, drawing roars from the home crowd.
Former champion Ana Ivanovic was able to get her match in. She beat ninth seed Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 and returns to the quarterfinals for the first time since her triumph at the Roland Garros seven years ago.
In an upset on the men's side fourth-seed Tomas Berdych was ousted by 14th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.
Bowditch takes first
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steven Bowditch shot a final round 5-under-64 to finish 18-under-par and capture the PGA's Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas. Bowditch finished four shots in front of Charley Hoffman, Scott Pinkney and Jimmy Walker.
Both of Bowditch's career PGA titles have come in Texas. He had 27 birdies while becoming the seventh player to lead all four rounds of the event.
Good finish and win for Nordqvist
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Anna Nordqvist is the winner of the LPGA's ShopRite Classic in New Jersey. She completed the third and final round with a 2-under-69 to finish play 8-under-par, one shot in front of Christel Boeljon Morgan Pressel finished tied for third, three back.
Nordqvist secured the lead and victory with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.
More trouble for Johnny Football
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Browns' quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn't lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. A police spokesman says the heckler had been asking for an autograph for about two hours Saturday when an exchange escalated in the pool area of the hotel where the PGA Tour event is held.
The bottle didn't hit the fan.