AP Monday Sports Roundup
Mets, Bucs win thrillers
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets have run their winning streak to seven games by earning a ridiculous victory in Atlanta.
Down 7-4 with two out and nobody on in the ninth, the Mets took advantage of the Braves' wild relievers and rallied for a jaw-dropping, 10-7 win at Turner Field. Daniel Murphy knotted the score with a three-run homer in the ninth following a walk to Curtis Granderson. Then, the Mets scored three times in the 10th on one hit as Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored on a two-out error by third baseman Hector Olivera before Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson walked with the bases loaded.
The Mets maintained their 9 ½-game lead over Washington in the NL East and reduced their magic number to 11.
The Braves have set an Atlanta team record with their 12th consecutive home loss, the most for the franchise since 1931 as the Boston Braves.
Pittsburgh also staged a nice rally to stay within 2 ½ games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals. The Pirates erased a 6-1 deficit before Josh Harrison delivered a walk-off single in the 11th to lift the Bucs past Milwaukee 7-6. Travis Snider hit a two-run double and Pedro Alvarez smacked a solo homer in the Pirates' third straight win.
The Cards had dropped eight of 10 before Tommy Pham belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning of the Redbirds' 9-2 rout of the Reds in Cincinnati. Matt Adams added a two-run shot to cap a five-run eighth and help Michael Wacha pick up his 16th victory.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Zack Greinke improved to 17-3 and dropped his major league-leading ERA to 1.61 by tossing eight scoreless innings in the Dodgers' 4-3 verdict over Arizona. A.J. Ellis homered and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who kept their 7 1/2-game edge over San Francisco.
— Mike Leake crushed a three-run homer and allowed three runs and four hits over six-plus innings to carry the Giants past San Diego, 10-3. Buster Posey drove in two runs as the Giants completed a three-game sweep and won for the sixth time in eight games.
— The Cubs erased a 4-1 deficit before Aaron Altherr scored on Clayton Richard's wild pitch in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 7-4 win against Chicago. Ryan Howard slammed a two-run homer and Freddy Galvis added a two-run double as the Phils trimmed the Cubs' lead for the second NL wild-card berth to 7 ½ games over the Giants.
— Max Scherzer gave up five hits in eight shutout innings to lead Washington's 5-0 win at Miami. Matt den Dekker hit a solo homer as the Nationals ended a five-game losing streak despite finishing the game without Bryce Harper. The NL MVP candidate complained of dizziness following a collision with second baseman Derek Dietrich.
— Masahiro Tanaka struck out seven and scattered four hits in seven innings as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 5-0 to avoid a four-game sweep. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs to help the Yanks climb back to within 3 ½ games of the AL East-leading Blue Jays.
— Houston trailed 3-0 in the ninth until Preston Tucker hit a solo homer and Jed Lowrie added a go-ahead, three-run blast to lift the Astros past the Angels 5-3. George Springer tripled and scored on Jose Altuve's RBI single as part of a ninth-inning comeback that allowed the AL West leaders to keep their one-game lead over Texas.
— The Rangers kept pace with Houston as Adrian Beltre homered twice and had five RBIs in a 12-4 pounding of Oakland. Rougned Odor cracked a three-run homer, and Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 with a solo shot and three RBIs.
— Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer and Kyle Gibson held the White Sox to five hits over 7 2/3 innings to lead the Twins' 7-0 shutout at Chicago. Hunter homered in a four-run first for the Twins, who remain one game behind the Rangers for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Chris Davis socked his major league-leading 42nd homer and Adam Jones added a three-run shot and four RBIs as the Orioles crushed Kansas City, 9-2 in Baltimore. Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers to back Wei-Yin Chen, who gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings. The outcome cuts the Royals' lead in the AL Central to 10 games over the Twins.
— Cleveland and Detroit split a pair. Rookie Cody Anderson outpitched Justin Verlander in a 7-2 triumph over Detroit in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Francisco Lindor supplied a tiebreaking, two-run single to back Anderson, who limited the Tigers to two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Tigers took the nightcap as J.D. Martinez delivered three hits and three RBIs in a 9-2 pounding of the Indians.
— Boston beat Tampa Bay 2-0 on Rusney Castillo's two-run single in the 13th inning. Red Sox hurler Rich Hill allowed just one hit over seven innings in his first start in six years.
— Kyle Seager's throwing error at third allowed Colorado to score twice in the fourth inning of a 3-2 triumph at Seattle. Kyle Kendrick entered with a 6.25 ERA before holding the Mariners to two runs and three hits in five innings.
Djokovic takes US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic has reached double digits in Grand Slam championships.
The top-ranked Serb picked up his second U.S. Open men's single and 10th major crown with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over No. 2 Roger Federer. Djokovic opened strong after the start of the match was delayed more than three hours by rain.
The top-seeded Djokovic won despite just three aces compared to five double faults. He also had more unforced errors than winners after entering the match 1-4 in U.S Open finals.
It's the second time Djokovic has won three major championships in the same year. He also topped Federer in the Wimbledon final in similar fashion, dropping the second set and taking the next two.
Federer is still stuck on 17 Grand Slam championships, with none since 2012 Wimbledon. He didn't drop a set at Flushing Meadows until the opener of the final.
Former NBA star dies
UNDATED (AP) — Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone has died at 60.
A Norfolk, Virginia Police Department spokesman confirmed that Malone died in a Norfolk hotel room and that there was no indication of foul play. Malone's body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.
The Hall of Fame center was part of the 76ers' 1983 NBA championship team.
Malone is the NBA's career leader in offensive rebounds and led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85.
Ko is youngest to claim a major
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Lydia Ko fired an 8-under 63 to win the Evian Championship and become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history.
The South Korean-born New Zealander ran away for a six-shot win over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season.
Ko is 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old. She eclipsed the previous record set by American Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and nine days old when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.