AP Monday Sports Roundup
McHugh wins 13th...Dodgers sweep up Angels
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros continue to sizzle since a six-game losing streak dropped them from the top of the AL West standings.
The Astros won for 10th time in 13 games as newcomer Carlos Gomez delivered a tiebreaking, two-run single and Evan Gattis added a solo homer in a 4-1 triumph over Arizona. Collin McHugh is 13-5 after allowing a run and eight hits in seven innings for his fourth straight win. McHugh and teammate Dallas Keuchel are tied for the AL lead in victories.
Houston now leads its division by four games over the Los Angeles Angels after falling two games back on July 21.
The Angels absorbed their sixth consecutive loss as Andre Ethier's second home run of the day gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3, 10-inning win against the Halos. Ethier belted a solo blast to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 in the eighth, but the Angels tied it on Chris Iannetta's RBI double in the ninth. Howie Kendrick also homered as the NL West-leading Dodgers moved 2 ½ games ahead of San Francisco.
In other major league action:
— The Giants were 2-1 losers in Texas as Josh Hamilton belted a two-run homer in the sixth to ruin pitcher Mike Leake's first game with San Francisco. Martin Perez allowed just two hits in 8 1/3 innings for his first victory since returning from Tommy John surgery. Sam Dyson notched his first career save by getting a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.
— The Mets and Nationals are in a virtual tie for the NL East lead after rookie Noah Syndergaard tossed eight innings and New York homered three times in the third to beat Washington 5-2. Syndergaard struck out nine and gave up solo homers to Anthony Rendon and Yunel Escobar. Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda went deep in the Mets' five-run third, with Duda homering for the ninth time in his last eight games.
— Cardinals newcomer Brandon Moss poked an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to complete a 3-2 win over Colorado. Randal Grichuk broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning of the Redbirds' ninth victory in 12 games. St. Louis still tops the NL Central by 5 ½ games over Pittsburgh.
— Pirates starter Charlie Morton scattered five hits while striking out seven in seven innings of a 3-0 shutout of Cincinnati. Neil Walker homered and Starling Marte lined a two-run double to help the Pirates earn a four-game split. Both benches cleared late in the game after Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutcheon and Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.
— Addison Russell homered and Kris Bryant drove in a run before leaving with an injury as the Cubs held off Milwaukee 4-3 to pull into a tie with San Francisco for the NL's final wild-card berth. Bryant was injured after sliding headfirst into second and appearing to get tagged on the head. Clayton Richard pitched well for Chicago, holding the Brewers to a run on five hits and no walks in six innings.
— The New York Yankees crushed the Chicago White Sox 12-3 to conclude a 6-4 road trip and expand their lead in the AL East to six games over Baltimore and Toronto. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo homer and had three RBIs, while Stephen Drew drove in four runs with a double and a triple. Mark Teixeira also homered to back Ivan Nova, who limited the White Sox to a run and five hits while fanning seven in six innings.
— The Orioles had won seven of eight before J.D. Martinez smacked a three-run homer in the first inning of Detroit's 6-1 win at Baltimore. Daniel Norris took a three-hitter into the eighth inning of his Tigers debut after being acquired from Toronto in the David Price deal Thursday. Anthony Gose, Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler each had two hits and an RBI for Detroit.
— Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run and R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings in Toronto's 5-2 win over Kansas City. Both benches and bullpens emptied after Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for throwing at Kansas City's Alcides Escobar in the eighth. The Royals still lead the AL Central by eight games over Minnesota after losing to the Blue Jays for the third time in four games.
— The Twins were 4-1 losers to Seattle as Logan Morrison supplied the tiebreaking double in the 11th inning before scoring on Austin Jackson's two-run single. Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz snapped a scoreless tie in the ninth with his 29th home run of the year, but Brian Dozier's solo blast extended the game.
— Asdrubal Cabrera provided a game-tying RBI double and scored on James Loney's single in the eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-3. The slumping Rays avoided a sweep by winning for just the fourth time in 17 road games.
— Miami beat San Diego 5-2 on Adeiny Hechavarria three-run, walk-off homer against Brandon Maurer in the bottom of the ninth. The game-winning blast came a half-inning after Alexi Amarista tied the game with a two-run homer.
— Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run in Atlanta's 6-2 victory over Philadelphia. The Braves ended a season-worst, six-game losing streak and handed the Phillies just their third loss in 15 game since the All-Star break.
— Mark Canha lined an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th to cap Oakland's 2-1 verdict over Cleveland. Billy Burns tied it with an RBI single in the fifth.
Merrit gets first win
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Troy Merritt has earned his first PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National near Washington, DC. The 29-year old closed out a 4-under 67 with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to wind up at 18 under par.
Rickie Fowler finished three shots back after shooting a 69.
Tournament host Tiger Woods carded a 3-under 68 to finish at 8-under par.
GOLF-WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Park rallies to win
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Top-ranked Inbee Park closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Women's British Open and become the seventh golfer to capture four different majors. The LPGA is calling it a career Grand Slam, but Park hasn't won the Evian Championship since it became a major in 2013. Park won the tournament in 2012.
Park has now won seven majors and six of the last 14. The victory is her fourth of the season.
Park started the day three shots back of Jin-Young Ko, who finished second.
Perry wins again
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Kenny Perry successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship with a final round 4-under 68. Perry's 18-under total was four shots better than Bernhard Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap.
Kenseth wins, Busch runs out of fuel
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Cup race at Pocono when Kyle Busch ran out of fuel on the final lap in an attempt to earn his fourth straight win.
Busch and Joey Logano were trying to conserve fuel late in the race in an effort capture the win. Logano went empty with three laps to go and Busch took the lead trying for his fifth win in six races. But Busch also didn't have enough fuel and helplessly watch as Kenseth tracked him down and roared by.
Brad Keselowski finished second with Jeff Gordon third. Logano was 20th and Busch wound up 21st.
Rahal wins, cuts Montoya's lead
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Graham Rahal won the IndyCar race in his home state of Ohio and made up considerable ground on series leader Juan Pablo Montoya with two events remaining in the season.
Rahal held off Justin Wilson on the final restart of the 203-mile race at Mid-Ohio. Wilson ended up finishing second, 3.4 seconds behind.
Montoya finished 11th. He held a 42-point lead over Rahal heading into the race, but it's now down to only nine points.
Seahawks cut McDaniel
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seahawks have released veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to save salary cap space after signing quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to contract extensions.
The move will save the club between $2.5 and $3 million against the salary cap. McDaniel spent two seasons with the Seahawks, starting 29 of 32 regular-season games and five of six postseason games.
HORSE RACING-AMERICAN PHAROAH
Triple Crown winner races again
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — American Pharoah turned on the speed in the stretch and easily won the million Haskell Invitational in his first race since sweeping the Triple Crown.
With a record crowd of 60,983 cheering him at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah came out of the final turn with a clear lead and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory without urging from jockey Victor Espinoza.
Sent off at odds of 1-10, American Pharoah became the shortest price in Haskell history, returning $2.20 for a $2 win bet.
American Pharoah's next start is now the biggest question in racing. There's no answer yet, but options include the Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 29, the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19, and the Awesome Again at Santa Anita.
Bernier gets new deal
TORONTO (AP) — Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million. The deal avoids an arbitrator's ruling.
Bernier had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage for the Leafs last season.
Bernier is 76-67-20 with a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage in 175 games with the Leafs and Los Angeles