AP Saturday Sports Roundup
Trout's walk-off blast carries Angels
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels managed just two hits last night, but that was enough to beat the Red Sox.
Reigning All-Star game MVP Mike Trout launched a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the Angels past the Bosox 1-0. It was Trout's 27th homer of the season and came three days after he led off the Midsummer Classic with a round-tripper.
Boston starter Wade Miley had a no-hitter until Kole Calhoun led off the bottom of the seventh with a double.
The Angels still top the AL West by a half-game over Houston.
The Astros ended their six-game losing streak as Collin McHugh pitched in and out of trouble for six innings of the Astros' 3-2 win over Texas. McHugh improved to 10-5 despite surrendering 11 hits. L.J. Hoes and Carlos Correa sandwiched RBI singles around Jose Altuve's run-scoring double to put the Astros ahead 3-0 by the third inning.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals split a pair with the Chicago White Sox. Alex Rios and Mike Moustakas hit solo homers and Chris Young worked five innings as the Royals beat the White Sox 4-2 in the opener. Chicago took the nightcap 2-0 as John Danks limited the Royals to four hits over six-plus innings.
— Minnesota is four games off the AL Central lead after Trevor Plouffe belted a grand slam in a 5-0 shutout of Oakland. Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run and Ervin Santana gave up five hits in 7 2/3 innings to send the Twins to their fourth consecutive win. A's starter Sonny Gray was tagged for five runs in six innings after entering the game with an AL-leading 2.04 ERA.
— Alex Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seven inning of the Yankees' 4-3 triumph over Seattle. Chris Young also hit a solo shot and Masahiro Tanaka worked seven innings to help the Yanks move 4 ½ games ahead of Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Mariners lost despite Kyle Seager's two homers and three RBIs.
— Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer and Josh Donaldson hit a two-run blast, both in the fifth inning of Toronto's 6-2 win over Tampa Bay. Donaldson raised his RBI total to 62, tying him with New York's Mark Teixeira for the AL lead. Drew Hutchison is 9-2 after yielding two runs and five hits in six innings.
— St. Louis leads the NL Central by 3 ½ games over Pittsburgh after Lance Lynn struck out nine while allowing just one run and three hits in seven innings of the Redbirds' 3-2 triumph over the New York Mets. Lynn blanked the Mets after Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run. The Mets led 1-0 in the sixth until Matt Carpenter hit an RBI grounder and Jhonny Peralta smacked a solo homer off loser Noah Syndergaard.
— Milwaukee downed the Pirates 4-1 as Mike Fiers limited the Bucs to three hits in seven innings. Fiers had a shutout until Jung Ho Kang homered in the seventh. Gerardo Parra was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored as the Brewers ended Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak.
— Homers by Jose Iglesias, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez powered Detroit past Baltimore 7-3. J.D. Martinez socked his 26th home run, Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer to put the Tigers ahead to stay and Iglesias added a three-run blast to make it 6-2 in the fourth. Anibal Sanchez gave up eight hits in six innings but left with a 7-2 lead.
— Atlanta and Chicago were tied 2-2 until Eury Perez lined a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Braves a 4-2 win over the Cubs. The Braves' bullpen limited the Cubs to two hits in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber had two singles and a double in his first start behind the plate, five days after being named the MVP of the Futures Game.
— Mike Leake collected three RBIs and gave up just a run and four hits in six innings to lead Cincinnati past Cleveland 6-1. Marlon Byrd was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored, while Joey Votto added a solo blast.
— Jeff Francoeur slammed a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia past Miami 6-3. Phillies starter Adam Morgan got a no-decision after allowing two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
— Matt Kemp, Jedd Gyorko and Justin Upton homered as San Diego topped Colorado 4-2. Winning James Shields yielded seven hits and four walks while giving up just one run over five innings.
— San Francisco erased a 5-2 deficit in the seventh before Brandon Crawford scored on shortstop Cliff Pennington's throwing error in the 12th to send the Giants past the Diamondbacks 6-5. Hunter Pence tied it with a two-run blast and was one of four Giants with three hits. The Giants have won four straight to climb within four games of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
— The Dodgers-Nationals game in Washington was suspended after a bank of lights along the third-base line continued to malfunction. Play was delayed three times for over two hours. The third outage caused umpires to suspend the game with the Nationals leading 3-2 after five innings.
Gordon heads to DL...Braves add to bullpen
UNDATED (AP) — Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his dislocated left thumb. Gordon was replaced on the roster by infielder Martin Prado, who had been on the disabled list since mid-June with a right shoulder injury.
Gordon was injured last Saturday sliding headfirst into first base. He leads the majors with 122 hits and ranks second with 33 stolen bases.
Also in the majors:
— Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday came off the disabled list and was in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mets. Holliday was hitting .303 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 52 games before he was sidelined with a right quadriceps strain six weeks ago. He's hitting third in tonight's game.
— Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and his coaching staff have some job security. The Braves have extended the contracts of Gonzalez and his coaches through the 2016 season. The team says the extensions include club options for 2017.
— The Braves have signed left-hander Ross Detwiler and right-hander Jason Frasor for the remainder of the season in an effort to bolster their bullpen. Detwiler was 0-5 with a 7.12 ERA in 17 games for Texas before refusing a minor league demotion, making him a free agent. Frasor was 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in 26 games with Kansas City before his release on Wednesday.
— The Nationals have placed right-hander David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Carpenter has a 1.50 ERA in eight games out of the bullpen since being acquired from the New York Yankees on June 11.
— The Tigers have recalled infielder Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo and put infielder Marc Krauss on the paternity list.
Johnson shares lead with Willett
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The R&A is defending its decision to resume the second round of the British Open in blustery conditions, only to suspend play 32 minutes later when winds got worse.
Thirty-nine players have yet to complete the second round, including some of the biggest names in the field, including co-leader Dustin Johnson and the winner of the last two majors, Jordan Spieth. Gusts of up to 40 mph (64 kph) are projected through much of the day.
Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut as he resumed his second round today. Woods was 5 over through 12 holes, with the projected cut line now at even par.
Co-leaders through 36 in Alabama
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Australian and a South Korean are co-leaders in Alabama.
Mark Hensby birdied three of his final four holes for a 7-under 64 that leaves him at minus-9 through two rounds of the PGA's Barbasol Championship. Hensby is tied with Whee Kim, who followed Thursday's 67 with a 5-under 66.
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo shot a 66 to join first-round leader Sam Saunders and Charlie Beljan at 8 under.
Jang tops leaderboard
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Ha Na Jang shot a 4-under 67 to increase her lead to two strokes in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic in Ohio.
Jang had a 9-under 133 total at Highland Meadows as she seeks her first tour victory in 24 starts.
South Korea's Q Baek was second after a 67.
The start of the round was delayed 2 1/2 hours because of rain and lightning, and play was suspended for the day at 8 p.m. because of more lightning.
Edwards on pole
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Carl Edwards turned a lap of 135.164 mph to capture the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Edwards finished ahead of Joey Logano, who will start the race just in front of David Ragan and Kyle Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing took four of the top eight spots after taking four of the top five for last weekend's Cup race at Kentucky.
Last week's winner was Kyle Busch. His win at Kentucky was his second victory in seven races since returning from a broken right leg and left foot.
Jimmie Johnson has a series-high four victories this season while defending season champion Kevin Harvick leads the standings, 68 points ahead of Johnson and Logano.
Bianchi dies from head injuries
NICE, France (AP) — The family of Jules Bianchi says the French Formula One driver has died at 25 from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.
Another honor for MJ
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Jordan will be inducted in the FIBA Hall of Fame on Sept. 30 in France. Basketball's governing body has announced that Jordan will be part of a class of nine players who will be enshrined Sept. 19. The six-time NBA champion won gold with the U.S. in 1984 at Los Angeles, then starred on the famed Dream Team in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. Jordan is already in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as an individual and with the rest of the Dream Team.
The rest of the class includes, among others, players Sarunas Marciulionis, Anne Donovan and Vladimir Tkachenko.
1-year postseason ban for FCS team
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville University's football team has been banned from postseason play for one year for financial aid infractions.
The decision was announced Friday by the Pioneer Football League, an 11-member, football-only league that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The league says Jacksonville inappropriately dispersed financial aid to players. The school volunteered to vacate its 2010 and 2014 championships and its conference wins from 2010 to 2014.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome still leads
RODEZ, France (AP) — Belgium's Greg van Avermaet of the BMC team won Stage 13 of the Tour de France. He won with a finishing burst of speed that pushed Peter Sagan into second place for the fourth time in this year's race. The overall leader remains Britain's Chris Froome.
Longtime coach dies
MIAMI (AP) — Former New York Giants head coach and longtime Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Bill Arnsparger has died at 88. Arnsparger left the Dolphins after the 1974 Super Bowl to coach the Giants, going 7-28 before he was fired following an 0-7 start in 1976. He returned to Don Shula's Miami staff and remained with the Dolphins until 1983, helping them reach another Super Bowl.