AP Monday Sports Roundup
Ready for the All-Star break
UNDATED (AP) — There's a new leader in the American League West at the All-Star break.
The Los Angeles Angels were five games out of first before winning seven of their last nine, including Sunday's 10-3 rout of Seattle. Chris Iannetta hit a two-run home run and David Freese added a two-run double as part of a six-run sixth inning.
Andrew Heaney allowed five hits over seven shutout innings to pitch the Angels to their 11th victory in 14 games, a streak that began a few days before Jerry Dipoto stepped down as general manager.
The outcome puts the Halos a half-game ahead of the Houston Astros, who had led the division since April 19 before embarking on their current six-game losing streak. The skid continued with a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay as Matt Moore got his first win since undergoing elbow surgery last April. Moore allowed three runs and five hits over five innings to get his first victory since Sept. 29, 2013 at Toronto.
Jose Altuve put the Astros up 3-2 with a two-run homer in the fourth, but the Rays scored twice in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI grounder to complete a three-game sweep.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates have put more pressure on St. Louis by beating the Cardinals in extra innings for the second straight night. Starling Marte, Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco hit RBI singles in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Bucs past the Redbirds 6-5. The winning rally came after Randal Grichuk lined a two-run double in the top of the 10th.
The Pirates took three of four from the Cards in the series to pull within 2 ½ games of the NL Central leaders.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Max Scherzer allowed a pair of homers to Adam Jones but held the Orioles to just two other hits over 8 2/3s as Washington earned a 3-2 win in the rubber match at Baltimore. Yunel Escobar had three hits and scored a run to help the NL East-leading Nationals stay two games ahead of the New York Mets. The Orioles have dropped 10 of 13 to fall to .500, four games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
— The Mets were 5-3 winners against Arizona as Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first player in the Mets's 54-season history to homer three times in a home game. Niewenhuis entered the game hitting .106 in 66 at-bats this season before going deep in the second, third and fifth innings. Daniel Murphy also went homered and Jonathan Niese pitched into the seventh as New York completed a three-game sweep and won for the seventh time in nine games.
— Brian McCann belted a two-run homer and Rob Refsnyder added a two-run blast in his second big league game to power the Yankees past Boston 8-6. Alex Rodriguez moved into 25th on the all-time hit list with his 3,020th, an RBI double that put the Yankees ahead to stay. Nathan Eovaldi improved to 9-2 and the AL East leaders stayed 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rays.
— Kansas City blew a seven-run lead before Paulo Orlando slammed a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning of the Royals' 11-10 triumph over Toronto. Kendrys Morales belted a three-run shot and Orlando added an RBI single while the Royals were building a 7-0 lead in the first five innings. Danny Valencia and Jose Bautista contributed two-run doubles in the Blue Jays' eight-run sixth before the AL Central-leading Royals kept their 4 1/2-game lead over Minnesota.
— The Twins kept pace with their sixth victory in seven games, 7-1 over Detroit. Kyle Gibson allowed an unearned run and four hits over seven innings to win his fourth consecutive start. Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer for Minnesota, which dropped the series opener before winning the next three games.
— Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to push the NL West-leading Dodgers past Milwaukee 4-3. A.J. Ellis also homered, and Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with an RBI single as Los Angeles won for the fourth time in five games to stay 4 1/2 games in front of San Francisco. Dodgers starter Brett Anderson gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
— The Giants completed a three-game sweep as Andrew Susac launched a three-run homer in the fourth inning of a 4-2 verdict over Philadelphia. Chris Heston is 9-5 after limiting the Phillies to a run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Howard had three RBIs for the Phils, who enter the All-Star break with a major league-worst 29-62 record.
— The Chicago Cubs avoided a three-game sweep in their intracity series as Jake Arrieta pitched a two-hitter and belted a solo homer in a 3-1 win over the White Sox. Arrieta struck out nine and improved to 10-5 with his second complete game of the year. Kris Bryant tripled home the Cubs' first run in the opening inning and scored on fellow rookie Jorge Soler's single.
— Sonny Gray is 10-3 with a 2.04 ERA after tossing a two-hitter in Oakland's 2-0 shutout of Cleveland. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer off loser Cory Kluber in the fourth inning.
— Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer and Drew Stubbs also went deep for Colorado in an 11-3 drubbing of Atlanta. Charlie Blackmon had three hits and four RBIs to help the Rockies complete their first-ever four-game sweep of the Braves.
— Justin Bour was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and three RBIs as Florida slammed Cincinnati 8-1. Casey McGehee also doubled home a pair to support Dan Haren, who gave up a run and five hits in six innings.
— The Padres were 2-1 winners at Texas as Tyson Ross gave up just three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jedd Gyorko singled home the eventual deciding run in the seventh.
MLB-ALL STAR GAME
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pitchers Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Hector Santiago of the Angels have been added to the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star Game in place of Washington's Max Scherzer and Oakland's Sonny Gray. Both Scherzer and Gray started for their clubs on Sunday and elected not to be active.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been added to the NL squad as a replacement for the injured Matt Holliday of the Cardinals. Holliday will be replaced in the starting lineup by Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Brett Gardner, Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki previously were added to the rosters to fill spots of injured players.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The U.S. team blew by the World squad 10-1 to win the Futures Game, part of the All-Star festivities in Cincinnati. Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run triple that got the U.S. rolling. He was the Cubs top pick in the 2014 draft and made his big league debut earlier this season.
Cabrera to the DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Cabrera was hurt running the bases in the second inning of Saturday's 3-0 win over the Astros.
The former All-Star has made just two errors at short this season and is hitting .223 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 86 games.
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic has successfully defended his Wimbledon title by knocking off the man he beat in last year's final. The top-ranked player outlasted longtime rival Roger Federer, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
The victory makes Djokovic the first person to have won two Wimbledon championships in a row since Federer collected his fifth consecutive trophy in 2007. Djokovic has won three of the last five men's titles at the All-England Club, and nine Grand Slam titles overall.
The top-seeded Djokovic broke No. 2 Federer four times and saved six of the seven break points he faced.
The match was the 40th between the two and the series is now tied at 20-20.
Ducks land Stewart
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right wing Chris Stewart has agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Stewart played for Buffalo and Minnesota last season, collecting 36 points and 88 penalty minutes. He appeared in eight postseason games with the Wild, getting two assists.
GOLF-U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Chun ends up in first
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — South Korea's In Gee Chun is the first player to win her U.S. Open debut since Birdie Kim in 2005.
The 20-year-old Chun birdied four of her last seven holes for a one-stroke victory over third-round leader Amy Yang. Chun shot a 4-under 66 in the final round and finished at 8 under after entering Sunday with a three-stroke deficit.
Yang struggled in the middle of her round and then pulled within one by going eagle-birdie at Nos. 16 and 17. But she bogeyed the 18th and fell a stroke short.
GOLF-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Spieth heads to the British Open with plenty of momentum as he tries to earn his third straight major title.
Spieth parred the second playoff hole to beat 46-year-old Tom Gillis, who was attempting to become the oldest first-time winner on the PGA Tour in 20 years. The 21-year-old Spieth birdied four of the last six holes in regulation for a 3-under 68 and a 20-under total in his fourth win of the year.
Zach Johnson and Danny Lee tied for third at 19 under. Lee was penalized one stroke for lifting and cleaning his ball on the fourth hole, and he still had a chance to make the playoff until he bogeyed 18.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-EMCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP
Smith wins Emcompass Championship
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Jerry Smith has earned his first Champions Tour title by finishing three strokes ahead of David Frost in the Encompass Championship.
Smith closed with a 2-under 70 for a tournament-record 16-under total at North Shore Country Club in Illinois. He led by just one stroke until he holed out for eagle with two holes to play.
Kanter stays put
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Enes Kanter is staying in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have retained the free-agent center by matching Portland's four-year, $70 million offer sheet.
Kantor split last season between Utah and Oklahoma City. He averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Jazz, but those numbers ballooned to 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds with the Thunder.
Bourdais wins in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais pulled away following a late caution to win at the Milwaukee Mile, his second IndyCar victory of the season.
Bourdais turned aside a brief challenge from runner-up Helio Castroneves to win by 2.2 seconds.
It was Bourdais' 34th career victory, and first at an oval since winning at Milwaukee in 2006.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Ninth stage complete
PLUMELEC, France (AP) — Chris Froome kept the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey as his Team Sky finished one second behind Tejay van Garderen's BMC team in the team time trial. The 22 teams started off the ninth stage within five minutes of each other over a 17.4-mile trek that ended with a short and sharp hill of 1.1 miles. Teams have to get five riders over the line with the overall time credited to the fifth rider.