AP Monday Sports Roundup
Nats halt skid...Cubs fall again...Bucs beat Kershaw
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have ended their seven-game losing streak, but the Chicago Cubs' skid continues.
Tanner Roark scattered seven hits and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings as the Nats downed the Brewers 3-2 in Milwaukee. Roark started in place of Stephen Strasburg, who has been placed on the disabled list with a strained back.
The Nationals did their scoring after Jimmy Nelson blanked them on one hit and five walks in five innings. Jose Lobaton snapped a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the seventh, one inning before Clint Robinson's two-run blast made it 3-0.
The Cubbies generated little offense against Jose Fernandez, who is 10-3 after allowing a run and four hits while fanning 13 in seven innings of Miami's 6-1 win against Chicago. Fernandez improved his career record at home to 24-1 with a 1.48 ERA.
Martin Prado capped the scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth for the Marlins, who took three of four from the Cubs.
Chicago has dropped six of its last seven and will continue their 11-game road trip against Cincinnati and the New York Mets.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Pirates pinned Clayton Kershaw with his second loss of the season by scoring four times in the second inning of a 4-3 triumph against the Dodgers in Pittsburgh. David Freese laced a three-run double off Kershaw, who entered the game 11-1 with a major league-best 1.57 ERA. Chad Kuhl was a winner in his major league debut, allowing three runs in five innings. The Pirates have won the first three games of the series, dropping Los Angeles eight games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
— San Francisco pulled out an 8-7 win over Philadelphia on Conor Gillespie's walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. Angel Pagan was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored as the Giants won for the 13th time in 15 games. The Giants overcame a shaky outing by Johnny Cueto, who entered with a 2.06 ERA before surrendering six runs in as many innings.
— Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham each ripped a pair of solo homers, and Jedd Gyorko and Matt Holliday went deep as the Cardinals outscored Seattle 11-6 to pull within nine games of the NL Central-leading Cubs. The Mariners led 3-1 until St. Louis scored four times on five extra-base hits in the fifth inning. Carpenter, Holliday and Aledmys Diaz each had three of the Redbirds' 17 hits.
— Bud Norris pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings and Atlanta homered twice to beat the New York Mets 5-2 and gain a split of the four-game series. Freddie Freeman put the Braves ahead to stay with a solo shot in the first inning before Adonis Garcia added a three-run blast in the eighth. Losing pitcher Bartolo Colon gave up just one run in seven innings for the Mets, who trail the NL East by three games to Washington.
— Cincinnati blanked San Diego 3-0 as Anthony DeSclafini held the Padres to five hits in eight innings. DeSclafini didn't allow a runner past first base, and he capped the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth. Jay Bruce homered in the Reds' first victory in five games.
— The Angels erased a 6-2 deficit and beat the Athletics 7-6 on Jefry Marte's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Trout began the comeback with a two-run homer in the seventh and scored the winning run. Trout had three hits and scored three times as the Angels halted a six-game skid.
— Colorado also celebrated a walk-off win as Mark Reynolds cracked a two-run homer in the ninth to complete a 9-7 triumph over Arizona. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, who trailed 5-1 in the fourth before taking the rubber match of the three-game set.
— Cleveland claimed its ninth straight win by belting four home runs off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning of a 9-3 pounding of the Tigers. Lonnie Chisenhall was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs to help Josh Tomlin improve to 9-1. Juan Uribe, Tyler Naquin and Mike Napoli also went deep in a six-run fifth that allowed the Indians to improve to 9-0 versus the Tigers this season.
— Kansas City put an end to Houston's seven-game winning streak and stayed within five games of the AL Central-leading Indians. Ian Kennedy struck out 11 while limiting the Astros to a run and three hits in seven innings of the Royals' 6-1 triumph. Kendrys Morales hit a pair of solo homers and Cheslor Cuthbert added a two-run blast as the Royals halted a four-game slide.
— Chris Sale became baseball's first 13-game winner by pitching eight innings of two-run, five-hit ball in the Chicago White Sox's 5-2 verdict over Toronto. Sale blanked the Blue Jays until Troy Tulowitzki and Junior Lake homered in the eighth. Tim Anderson and J.B. Shuck hit solo shots for the White Sox, who are back at .500 following their fifth win in seven games.
— Baltimore completed a four-game sweep as Chris Davis belted his seventh career grand slam and Mark Trumbo added his 22nd homer of the season in a 12-5 laugher against Tampa Bay. Jonathan Schoop (skohp) also homered and Trumbo had three RBIs to pad the Orioles' fifth consecutive win. The Rays absorbed their 11th straight loss despite newcomer Oswaldo Arcia, who was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three ribbies.
— The Rangers' 6-2 win over Boston gives Texas a 10-game lead in the AL West and drops the Red Sox four games behind the AL East-leading Orioles. Prince Fielder crushed a two-run homer and Adrian Beltre provided a pair of RBI singles as the Rangers took the rubber match of the three-game set. Martin Perez gave up just one run in six innings to improve to 7-4.
— Tyler Duffey retired his first 17 batters and Minnesota banged out six home runs in a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Duffey struck out eight over eight innings and didn't allow a base-runner until Aaron Hicks lined a one-out double in the seventh. Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler hit consecutive home runs to give the Twins a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning of just their second victory in 12 games against the Yanks.
Floyd to DL
CHICAGO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-handed reliever Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness. He left after facing two batters in the sixth inning of Toronto's 10-8 win over the White Sox on Saturday. Floyd is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 28 games.
Legendary coach in bad health
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt says that the last few days have been difficult for the 64-year-old as her Alzheimer's disease progresses. Her family issued a statement amid reports of Summitt's failing health, asking for prayers and saying that she is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. Many of her former players are flying to Knoxville to visit the Hall of Fame coach.
Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She went 1,098-208 with eight national titles.
Stewart takes first
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Tony Stewart has earned his first Sprint Cup victory since 2013.
Stewart ended an 84-race losing streak by holding off Denny Hamlin over the final lap of Sunday's event at Sonoma Raceway. The 45-year-old Stewart took the lead on fuel strategy during a caution with 24 laps to go and held on after another yellow flag stalled the race. The final restart came with 14 laps remaining before he fought off a trio of Toyota drivers for his third career victory at Sonoma.
Joey Logano was third, followed by pole-sitter Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr.
Power finishes first
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Pole-sitter Will Power picked up his second win of the IndyCar season by taking the checkered flag at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Tony Kanaan was second in the first race held at the Wisconsin road course since 2007.
PGA-QUICKEN LOANS INVITATIONAL
Hurley gets first win
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Billy Hurley III has picked up his first PGA Tour victory by capturing the Quicken Loans National at Congressional near Washington, D.C.
Hurley entered the tournament as the 607th-ranked player before posting a three-shot win over Vijay Singh. The 34-year-old Hurley closed with a 2-under 69 for a 17 under total in his hometown tournament. The Naval Academy graduate earned over $1.2 million and a spot in next month's British Open.
Ko leads the way
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko is the winner of the LPGA's Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship.
Ko followed Saturday's 62 with a 3-under 68 to end up 17 under, three shots ahead of Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung.
It's the third win of the year for the 19-year-old New Zealander, who has 13 career LPGA Tour victories.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kirk Triplett rallied to win the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship for his fifth PGA Tour Champions title.
Triplett birdied four straight holes on the back nine in a 7-under 65 that left him 17 under at University Ridge in Wisconsin, two strokes ahead of Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes.
Bryant had the lead with four holes remaining before a triple-bogey 7 on 15
Chile beats Argentina on penalty kicks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Chile has won the Copa America by defeating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a scoreless tie at the Meadowlands.
Francisco Silva converted Chile's final shot to give La Roja their second straight Copa America title.
Argentina star Lionel Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar. The five-time FIFA Player of the Year has won four Champions League titles and eight La Liga crowns with Barcelona but has never taken a trophy with Argentina's senior team.