AP Monday Sports Roundup
Spieth claims U.S. Open crown
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — The end of the U.S. Open resembled the bumpy terrain at Chambers Bay, a three-hole rollercoaster that ended with Jordan Spieth coming away with his second major championship in three months.
He blew a three-stroke lead on 17 before Dustin Johnson's misadventure on 18 allowed the 21-year-old Spieth to become the fourth player since 1960 to win the Masters and Open in the same year. Spieth closed with a birdie for a 1-under 69 and a 5-under total, one stroke ahead of Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Spieth owned a three-stroke lead following his 25-foot birdie on the par-4 16th, and then gave it all back with a double-bogey on 17 before sinking a birdie putt on the par-5 18 to avoid a one-round playoff.
Johnson had the tournament in his grasp as he lined up a 12-foot eagle try on 18. He ran the eagle putt just over 3 feet past the cup, and his short birdie attempt to force a Monday playoff rolled past the lip before Spieth sank his final birdie. He led the tourney before carding bogeys on three of the first four holes of the back nine.
Oosthuizen closed with a 67 to cap the best 54-hole performance of the tournament. He opened with a 7-over 77 before playing the final three rounds at minus-11.
Branden Grace fell into a three-way tie for fourth at 3-under after owning a piece of the lead with three holes to play. Adam Scott also finished 3-under with a 64, tying the second-lowest final round in tournament history. Cameron Smith owned a piece of fourth place following his 68.
Nats erupt, blank Pirates
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals began their weekend series trailing the NL East by 1 ½ games to the New York Mets after dropping 14 of their last 20 games. One no-hitter and a three-game sweep later, the Nats top the division by 1 ½ games over the Mets.
Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer and Yunel Escobar launched a three-run shot, all while the Nationals were erupting for nine runs in the first inning of a 9-2 laugher against Pittsburgh. Pirates starter Charlie Morton entered the game 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA and left with a 3.97 earned run average after he was torched for all nine runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
Gio Gonzalez gave up just four hits in seven shutout innings as the Nats handed the Bucs their third straight loss since an eight-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh collected just 10 hits off three Washington starters in the series, none during Max Scherzer's no-hitter on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of the Mets as Julio Teheran combined with the Braves' bullpen on a four-hitter in a 1-0 victory. Teheran threw just 78 pitches in holding New York to one hit in seven scoreless frames.
Matt Harvey had a four-hit shutout with two out in the seventh until Ryan Lavarnway doubled and scored on Pedro Ciriacio's single.
In other action:
— The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed atop the NL West by belting four home runs against Yusmeiro Petit in a 10-2 rout of second-place San Francisco. Yasmani Gransal hit a pair of solo shots and Justin Turner was 2-for-3 with a two-run blast and three RBIs. Adrian Gonzalez also went deep and Brett Anderson allowed a run over six innings as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep and moved 1 ½ games ahead of the Giants.
— J.D. Martinez hit three home runs and drove in six to lead Detroit over the Yankees 12-4. The Tigers right fielder connected twice off of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and once off of reliever Danny Burawa. Victor Martinez also homered against Tanaka and drove in four as the Tigers easily overcame Stephen Drew's two home runs.
— David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts homered while Boston banged out 13 extra-base hits in a 13-2 pounding of Kansas City. Ortiz smacked his 476th career home run to pass Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 28th place on the all-time list. Xander Bogaerts had three doubles, and Wade Miley pitched six scoreless innings.
— J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to help Baltimore beat Toronto 13-9. Jimmy Paredes hit a three-run homer and Chris Davis added a solo shot as the Orioles improved to 13-4 since June 4. The Blue Jays rallied from a 7-0 deficit to take a 9-7 lead on Jose Bautista's two-run homer in the fourth before dropping their second straight in Toronto since a nine-game home winning streak.
— Jason Kipnis ran his hitting streak to 16 games and David Murphy lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth to give Cleveland a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay. Indians starter Cody Anderson scattered six hits over 7 2/3 innings in his major league debut. Rays starter Alex Colome retired the first 16 hitters he faced and limited the Indians to a single hit over seven innings.
— Adam Morgan won his major league debut in surprising style as Philadelphia hammered St. Louis 9-2. Morgan was winless in 13 minor league starts this season before holding the Cardinals to a run and six hits while fanning six in 5 2/3s. Michael Wacha failed in a bid for his 10th win of the season, dropping to 9-3 by surrendering five runs and eight innings in five innings.
— Colby Rasmus belted a two-run homer and George Springer added a solo shot in Houston's 6-2 win at Seattle. Springer was 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the AL West leaders stretched their lead to 3 ½ games over the Rangers. The Astros avoided a three-game sweep and won for the sixth time in eight games.
— Jake Arrieta pitched a four-hitter and Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam in a six-run eighth, leading the Cubs to an 8-0 win over Minnesota. Arrieta improved to 6-6 and struck out seven for his second career shutout and first since last Sept. 16 against Cincinnati. He didn't walk a batter after giving up a career-high six in his last start.
— Gordon Beckham homered off Alex Claudio leading off the bottom of the 11th inning, sending the White Sox to a 3-2 win over Texas. Randy Rua and Leonys Martin had the Rangers' home runs.
— Scott Kazmir gave up a run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings to pitch Oakland past the Angels 3-2. Billy Burns extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single in the third before Brett Lawrie and Ike Davis added run-scoring singles in the sixth. The Angels' runs came on Albert Pujols' AL-leading 21st homer, an eighth-inning blast off Tyler Clippard.
— A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt each provided two-run singles while Arizona put together a seven-run second in a 7-2 win over San Diego. Jeremy Hellickson limited the Padres to two runs and six hits while fanning a season-high seven in six innings. The Diamondbacks' big rally was aided by two Padres errors that led to four unearned runs.
— Charlie Blackmon drove in four runs, Troy Tulowitzki had three RBIs and Nolan Arenado smacked his 17th home run as Colorado clobbered Milwaukee 10-4. Nick Hundley was 4-for-4 with an RBI double and three runs scored to back Chris Rusin, who allowed three runs in six innings. The Rockies took the rubber match of the series by winning for just the third time in their last 12 games.
— Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce hit two-run homers in leading Cincinnati to a 5-2 victory and another successful series against the Miami Marlins. The Reds took two of three and have won 11 of their last 15 against Miami. Bruce is 10-for-20 with a pair of home runs over the last five games.
Weaver on DL
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo an MRI on his left hip.
The move comes one day after Weaver suffered his fourth consecutive defeat in the Angels' 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Weaver said he's been bothered by soreness in his hip for some time, but doesn't think it's related to his current slump.
SOCCER-WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
France, Australia, Canada avoid the knockout
UNDATED (AP) — Australia, France and Canada have advanced to the Women's World Cup quarterfinals by winning their knockout matches on Sunday.
Substitute Kyah Simon scored off a rebound in the 80th minute to lift Australia to its first Women's World Cup knockout win, a 1-0 upset of Brazil. Aussie goalkeeper Lydia Williams stopped a header off a long free kick in the 90th minute to secure her team's quarterfinal appearance against either Japan or Netherlands on Saturday in Edmonton.
Marie Laure Delie scored twice as France beat South Korea 3-0 to earn a matchup against top-ranked Germany on Friday in Montreal. The French led 2-0 by the eight-minute mark.
The host country is still alive after Josee Belanger scored in the 52nd minute to lift Canada over Switzerland 1-0. Next up for the Canadians is a meeting with either Norway or England on Saturday in Vancouver.
Federer, Murray, Kerber claim grass court titles
UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer and Andy Murray tuned up for Wimbledon with grass court tournament wins.
Federer has beaten Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6, 6-4 to claim his record eighth Gerry Weber Open title. The 17-time Grand Slam winner earned his 15th title in 20 grass court finals and his 86th overall career title.
Murray had to work overtime to get his fourth title at the Queen's Club tournament. He first beat Viktor Troicki in the rain-delayed semifinal, then capped things off by beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson in 6-3, 6-4 in the championship match.
German's Angelique Kerber has earned her first grass court title, defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in Birmingham, England.
FORMULA ONE-AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
Rosburg wins in Austrian
SPEILBERG, Austria (AP) — Nico Rosberg overtook pole sitter Lewis Hamilton on the first turn and went on to win the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton finished second.
Rosberg's third win this season took his career tally to 11, and cut Hamilton's overall lead to 10 points.
Two Missouri athletes injured in car crash
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two University of Missouri athletes were injured when their car flipped in Columbia on Sunday. A University of Missouri Hospital spokeswoman said defensive lineman Harold Brantley was in serious condition Sunday evening, and women's basketball player Madeleine Stock was treated and released.