AP Monday Sports Roundup
Spieth in the thick of things
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — With the exception of midway leader Dustin Johnson, the competitors at the British Open pretty much had their way at St. Andrews in the third round of the British Open. Johnson began the day at 10-under with a one-stroke lead but shot a 3-over 75 to finish play 7 under par, five strokes off the lead.
At the start of final round play on Monday the lead will be shared by Jason Day, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Irish amateur Paul Dunne at 12 under par. One shot off the pace, after a third-round 6-under 66, is Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. His round featured seven birdies and a bogey.
The 22-year-old Dunne is the first amateur to have a share of the lead in the Open after three rounds since Bobby Jones in 1927.
The round was played in perfect conditions, which led to low scores for pretty much everybody but Johnson, who had four bogeys and just one birdie. His putting was so off base that he bogeyed the final three holes.
Because of the delays in the second round, the third major of the year will be completed on Monday.
It will be the first Monday finish at the British Open since 1988 at Lytham and the forecast calls for stronger wins and some rain.
No close shave for Piercy
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Scott Piercy closed with a 6-under 65 to win the inaugural Barbasol Championship in Alabama.
Piercy was 19-over for the tournament, three shots better than Will Wilcox. The 36-year-old Las Vegas player made a 57-foot birdie putt on the second hole en route to his third PGA victory, and first since the 2012 Canadian Open.
Choi finishes first
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — South Korea's Chella Choi won the LPGA's Marathon Classic by edging countrywoman Ha Na Jang in a playoff. They completed regulation tied at 14 under par before Choi won it with a par on the first playoff hole.
It was the first career victory for Choi, who has been on the LPGA Tour since 2009. Jang is in her rookie year.
Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng tied for third at 13-under.
Greinke throws up more zeroes
UNDATED (AP) — Zack Greinke continues to approach the major league record for consecutive scoreless innings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander made it 43 2/3 innings without allowing a run by blanking the Nationals over eight frames of a 5-0 shutout in Washington. Greinke gave up just three hits and had 11 strikeouts to improve to 9-2 with a major league-leading 1.30 ERA.
The record for consecutive shutout innings is 59, set by Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers in 1988.
Yasiel Puig struck out in each of his first four at-bats before hitting a two-run single in the Dodgers' four-run ninth. L.A. broke through after losing pitcher Max Scherzer held the Dodgers to a run over six innings.
The outcome moves the NL West-leading Dodgers 3 ½ games ahead of San Francisco. The Nationals lead the NL East by two games over the New York Mets.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Giants picked up their sixth straight victory by downing Arizona 2-1. Hunter Pence doubled home the tiebreaking run in the third after Justin Maxwell homered the previous inning. Madison Bumgarner left the game after limiting the Diamondbacks to a run and four hits in five innings.
— The Mets left 25 men on base, went 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position, blew a lead in extra innings and still pulled out a 3-1, 18-inning win over the Cardinals to avoid a three-game sweep. Ruben Tejada hit a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly before Curtis Granderson scored on Eric Campbell's squeeze bunt. Kolten Wong homered in the 13th inning for the Cardinals, who still lead the NL Central by 4 ½ games over Pittsburgh.
— The Pirates were 6-1 losers at Milwaukee as rookie Taylor Jungmann worked seven innings to win his third straight decision. The Bucs led 1-0 until Khris Davis hit a two-run double in the seventh. The Brewers tacked on four runs in the eighth and completed a three-game sweep against a Pirates team that had won 13 of 16 heading into the All-Star break.
— Jake Arrieta struck out 10 and gave up only three hits in seven shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs downed Atlanta 4-1. Jorge Soler hit a solo homer and Jonathan Herrera lined a two-run single to help Arrieta improve to 11-5. The Cubs still lead the Giants by a half-game for the NL's second wild-card spot.
— The New York Yankees were 2-1 winners against Seattle on Mark Teixeira's two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Dellin Betances improved to 6-2 after CC Sabathia gave up a run and six hits in six innings. Carlos Beltran added an RBI single for the Yankees, who top the AL East by four games over Baltimore.
— The Orioles tagged Justin Verlander for seven runs and chased him in the fourth inning of a 9-3 drubbing of Detroit. Jonathan Schoop slammed a three-run homer while the Birds scored six times in the fourth off Verlander. Adam Jones also homered as the O's dropped the Tigers below .500 for the first time since the third game of the 2013 season.
— Marco Estrada pitched eight shutout innings to outduel Chris Archer as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 4-0. All of the scoring came on two-run home runs by Chris Colabello and Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays snapped a streak of four straight series losses and moved into a third-place tie with Tampa Bay in the AL East, 4 ½ games behind the Yankees.
— Kansas City made it 11 wins in its last 14 games to take a six-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central. Danny Duffy carried a shutout into the ninth inning, and the Royals used homers by Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando to beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 and move a season-high 20 games over .500. Duffy worked a career-high eight-plus innings and was lifted after Tyler Saladino homered.
— Oakland crushed the Twins 14-1 as Josh Reddick belted a grand slam and Jake Smolinski added a pair of homers. Josh Phegley and Billy Butler also went deep as part of the Athletics' assault on former teammate Tommy Milone and the Minnesota bullpen. Jesse Chavez gave up three hits in six scoreless innings to help the A's take the rubber match of the series.
— Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is 12-4 after striking out a career-high 13 over seven shutout innings of Houston's 10-0 rout of Texas. Keuchel retired 18 straight at one point and lowered his ERA to an AL-best 2.12. Colby Rasmus and Preston Tucker each hit two-run homers and Luis Valbuena was 4-for-5 with four RBIs for the Astros.
— Yan Gomes worked out a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 11th before Jason Kipnis added a sacrifice fly in Cleveland's 5-3 victory at Cincinnati. The Indians' first three runs also came on bases-loaded walks before the Reds erased a two-run deficit.
— Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep by beating Miami 8-7 on Jeff Francoeur's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis also homered for the Phillies, who are perfect since entering the All-Star break a major league-worst 29-62.
— The Rockies were leading the Padres 1-0 in the fifth inning when the game was postponed by rain. The game was called after a 2 1/2-hour delay, making it the second rainout at Petco Park since the ballpark opened in 2004, and the first since 2006. The game will start fresh on Sept. 10, a mutual off day for both teams.
— The Angels and Red Sox were rained out in Anaheim due to the same tropical storm that affected the San Diego area. It's the Angels' first home rainout since June 16, 1995.
Soriano coming, Jackson going
ATLANTA (AP) — The Cubs are about to make two moves involving veteran pitchers.
Manager Joe Maddon says Edwin Jackson will be designated to make room for reliever Rafael Soriano, who will join the team Monday in Cincinnati.
Jackson was a bust after signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs 2 1/2 years ago, going 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 games.
Chicago signed the 35-year-old Soriano to a pro-rated contract on June 12. He returns to the majors after pitching a combined seven games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
AL champs add a pitcher
CHICAGO (AP) — Royals pitcher Kris Medlen is coming off the disabled list on Monday.
Medlen underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2014 and last pitched in the majors for Atlanta in Sept. 2013. The right-hander was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA two seasons ago, and is 34-20 with a 2.95 earned run average in 152 major league games.
Another win for Busch
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to move closer to landing a spot in the Chase.
Busch has won two straight races and three overall since missing the first 11 starts of the season because of a broken leg suffered the day before the Daytona 500. He returned in late May and has put himself in contention for a spot in the 16-driver field for the Sprint Cup championship. He will get a spot in the Chase by finishing among the top 30 in the regular-season points race.
Brad Keselowski was second in New Hampshire, followed by Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mexico, Panama reach semis
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Mexico has moved into the Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica.
Andres Guardado scored the lone goal on a penalty kick in the second and final minute of stoppage time in extra time. Roy Miller was whistled for a questionable foul on Oribe Peralta with the game seconds from going to penalty kicks.
Mexico next faces Panama on Wednesday in Atlanta. Panama advanced by beating Trinidad and Tobago on penalty kicks, 6-5.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome remains first
VALENCE, France (AP) — Andre Greipel took his third stage victory of this Tour de France by winning a bunch sprint at the end of Stage 15, while Britain's Chris Froome remained in control of the overall race lead. Because of its flat finish, the stage represented the last opportunity for sprinters to shine before climbers take back the spotlight in the Alps next week.