AP Monday Sports Roundup
Walker makes it 4-for-4 first-time winners in this year's majors
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — There's another first-time major champion in men's golf after Jimmy Walker tamed Baltusrol Golf Club.
Walker closed with a 3-under 67 to earn a one-stroke victory over defending champion Jason Day in the PGA Championship. Walker produced three big birdies on the back nine and sealed the win with a 3-foot putt for par on 18 after Day eagled the hole.
Walker is the fourth first-time winner in as many grand slams this year. He did it by enduring the longest final day at the PGA Championship in 64 years, playing 36 holes following Saturday's suspension. Desperate to beat the clock and avoid play on Monday, tournament officials sent the third-round pairings right back out for the final round, meaning Walker was playing the third round as others were playing their last.
Walker finished 14-under for the tournament following rounds of 68 and 67 on Sunday.
Daniel Summerhays closed with a 4-under 66 to finish third at minus-10, one shot ahead of Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh), Branden Grace and Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee maht-soo-YAH'-mah).
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Three-shot win for Jutanugarn
WOBURN, England (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tan-uh-garn) has won the Women's British Open with an even-par 72 that left her 16 under, three shots in front of Mirim Lee and American Mo Martin.
It was the fourth LPGA Tour win of the year for Jutanugarn, and her first major.
Rangers pad lead
UNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers' lead in the American League West was down to 2 ½ games when they began their four-game series with Kansas City, one month after they led the division by 10 games. That lead is back up to six games over Houston after the Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the defending World Series champs.
Lucas Harrell was a winner in his first start for Texas as he allowed three runs and four hits in six innings of a 5-3 triumph over the Royals. Nomar Mazara and Mitch Moreland belted two-run blasts for the Rangers, who had dropped 15 of 21 before the sweep.
Texas added a game to its lead when Detroit completed a three-game sweep of the Astros. Jamie McCann launched a grand slam while the Tigers exploded for six runs in the first inning of an 11-0 laugher against Houston. Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored to help Detroit pick up its sixth straight win.
And Cubs manager Joe Maddon inserted pitchers all over the place as his team turned a 6-0 deficit into a 7-6, 12-inning win over Seattle. Pitcher Jon Lester entered the game as a pinch-hitter and promptly delivered the game-winning bunt on a 2-2 pitch. Lester's heroics came after reliever Travis Wood took over in left field and made a nice catch at the wall during the seventh inning.
Ben Zobrist had two RBIs for the Cubs, who trailed 6-3 in the ninth before eventually tying the game on a wild pitch by closer Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk).
Lester's bunt allowed the Cubs to stretch their lead in the NL Central to 7 ½ games over St. Louis.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Tigers still trail the AL Central by 4 ½ games after the first-place Indians hammered Oakland 8-0 to complete a three-game sweep. Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) belted a two-run homer and Jason Kipnis drove in three runs to back Corey Kluber, who is 10-8 after limiting the A's to five hits in seven innings. Kluber is 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA in his last 10 starts.
— The Orioles ended a five-game skid and moved back into first place in the AL East by beating Toronto 6-2 in 12 innings. Jonathan Schoop (skohp) singled home the tiebreaking run and Adam Jones added a three-run homer as Baltimore avoided a three-game sweep. The Blue Jays managed just six hits and struck out 11 times in falling a half-game behind the O's.
— Boston is 1 ½ games behind Baltimore after the Red Sox put together a five-run ninth to beat the Angels 5-3 at Anaheim. The Bosox were one out from a 3-0 loss until Mookie Betts lined an RBI single and scored on Dustin Pedroia's (peh-DROY'-uhz) three-run homer. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) added a solo shot to help the Red Sox earn a split of the four-game series.
— The Giants were 3-1 winners over Washington as Matt Cain tossed five no-hit innings and Angel Pagan drove in two runs. Cain threw 93 pitches in earning his 100th career victory, striking out five and walking four. The Giants salvaged a split of the four-game series to keep their two-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.
— Yasmani Grandal (yas-MAH'-nee grahn-DAHL') and Corey Seager belted three-run homers before Joc Pederson added a two-run blast in the Dodgers' 14-3 laugher against Arizona. Grandal, Seager and Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) each had three hits for Los Angeles, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win for the fifth time in seven games. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts had to go through six relievers after starter Bud Norris left with an injury just two batters into the game.
— Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich hit an RBI triple with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 5-4 victory and a split of their four-game series with St. Louis. Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) laced a two-run double and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO'-toh) provided a pair of RBI singles before the Marlins blew a 4-2 lead on Stephen Piscotty's two-run double. Dietrich's three-bagger leaves the Marlins four games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
— The New York Mets had dropped four straight and trailed 4-3 until Neil Walker's three-run homer in the seventh gave them a 6-4 win over Colorado. The Mets finished the game without shortstop Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera, who suffered a strained left patellar tendon while scoring on Walker's first-inning triple. The Rockies lost for just the second time in 11 games despite two RBIs apiece from Carlos Gonzalez and Daniel Descalso.
— Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees as Blake Snell held New York to two runs over 5 1/3 innings of the Rays' 5-3 win. Brad Miller smacked a solo homer before Luke Malle's two-run single put the Rays ahead 5-2 in the sixth. The Yankees are back at .500 following their fourth consecutive loss.
— Brian Dozier smacked a pair of solo homers and Ervin Santana allowed just one earned run over six innings of Minnesota's third win in four games, 6-4 against the White Sox. Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer that put the Twins ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first.
— The Brewers won their fourth in a row as Matt Garza yielded just one earned run before Milwaukee's bullpen tossed four shutout innings to complete a 4-2 triumph over Pittsburgh. The Brewers got solo homers from Keon Broxton and Chris Carter in completing a three-game sweep of the stumbling Pirates.
— Jose Peraza's first big league homer was a two-run blast that put Cincinnati ahead to stay in a 3-2 verdict over the Padres in San Diego. Homer Bailey gave up two runs and worked 5 2/3 innings in his season debut after returning from forearm and elbow surgeries.
— Atlanta beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Jeff Francoeur's (fran-KOORZ') two-run homer in the seventh inning. The blast came off Andrew Bailey, who has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings.
Indians get one and lose one
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have picked up a reliever and missed out on an All-Star catcher.
The Indians have pried lefty Andrew Miller away from the New York Yankees for four minor leaguers, including highly touted outfielder Clint Frazier. Miller has been outstanding this season, going 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 44 appearances. He owns a 0.772 WHIP (wip), allowing just 28 hits and seven walks in 45 1/3 innings.
But Cleveland missed out on getting Milwaukee backstop Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy), who nixed a trade that would have put him on a contender. Lucroy told reporters that his decision to reject the trade was due to his family.
In other trades:
— The Yankees have reacquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks for Vicente Campos in a swap of right-handed pitchers. The 31-year-old Clippard was 2-3 with one save and a 4.30 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks, who signed him to a $12.25 million, two-year contract in February.
— The Orioles have picked up Wade Miley from Seattle, giving Baltimore a lefty starter as the team tries to hold off Toronto and Boston in the AL East. Miley is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA, but he had a 3.45 ERA in five July starts. The Mariners received Triple-A lefty Ariel Miranda in the trade.
— The St. Louis Cardinals added depth to the back half of their bullpen by acquiring veteran left-hander Zach Duke from the White Sox for minor league outfielder Charlie Tilson. Duke is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA this season and was leading the American League with 53 appearances before heading to the NL.
KC loses closer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kansas City has placed right-handed closer Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor strain. Manager Ned Yost says it's the same injury that sent Davis to the DL in early July. Davis has converted 21 of 23 save opportunities in 35 appearances this season with a 1.60 ERA.
Avs and Barrie work out a deal
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Tyson Barrie have worked out a contract agreement rather than await an arbitration decision.
A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Barrie accepted a four-year, $22 million package.
Barrie has led Colorado blueliners in points in each of the past two years, including a career-high-matching 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points in 78 games last season.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway has been postponed until Monday because of rain. The race will start at 11 a.m., eastern time, with Martin Truex Jr. on the pole.
The June Pocono race was also delayed a day by rain. NASCAR says this is the first time a track had two rain-postponed races in the same season.
F1-GERMAN GRAND PRIX
Another win for Hamilton
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Two-time defending F1 champ Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix, the final Formula One race before the summer break. Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now tops teammate Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg by 19 points in the world driver standings.
Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo (rih-KAHR'-doh) and Max Verstappen finished second and third.
Pagenaud finishes first
LEXINGTON, OHIO (AP) — Pole-sitter Simon Pagenaud (see-MOHN' PAH'-zheh-noh) took the checkered flag in the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio. He took advantage of Conor Daly's late fuel stop to win the race for his fourth victory of the season and the eighth of his career.
Will Power finished second with Carlos Munoz third.