AP Sports Roundup For Thursday, Aug 20 2015
UNDATED (AP) — Yadier Molina's100th career home run in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a tie and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3.
Molina added an RBI single in the first and rookie Stephen Piscotty homered in the third for St. Louis, which took two of three from the NL West-contending Giants.
In other major league action:
__ Pittsburgh remained five games back of St. Louis in the NL Central by beating Arizona 4-1. J.A. Happ improved to 5-7 with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits. Sean Rodriguez had three hits and an RBI for the Pirates.
__ Philadelphia rookie Aaron Altherr homered, doubled and drove in three runs and Adam Morgan pitched seven strong innings in the Phillies' 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeff Francoeur and Andres Blanco also homered for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak. The loss dropped the Blue Jays two games back of the AL East-leading Yankees.
__ Baltimore beat the New York Mets for the first time since 2009. After losing nine straight games to Mets, the Orioles defeated the NL East leaders 4-3 on a Henry Urrutia walk-off homer. It was his first major league homer. Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep for the Orioles.
__ The Washington Nationals moved within three and a-half of the NL East-leading Mets by beating Colorado 4-1. Jayson Werth's two-out, two-run triple in the eighth snapped a tie. Stephen Strasburg and two relievers combined on a two-hitter.
__ Houston rookie Carlos Correa homered and his RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Astros a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the second straight extra-inning win for the Astros who beat the Rays 3-2 on Tuesday night on a homer by Marwin Gonzalez in the 10th.
__ Lorenzo Cain had a tie-breaking RBI single in the second inning, Ben Zobrist had four hits and Kansas City completed a two-game sweep of Cincinnati, 4-3.
__ The L.A. Angels nipped the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Jered Weaver and two relievers combined on the seven-hit shutout. Carlos Perez produced the only run with a sixth inning home run.
__ Detroit pitcher Daniel Norris homered in his first career plate appearance, Nick Castellanos went deep twice, one a grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Chicago Cubs 15-8. The Tigers set season highs in runs and 21 hits (21) and tied one with five homers — three off Cubs loser Jon Lester. The Tigers scored 10 runs on 19 hits Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
__ Boston beat Cleveland 6-4. David Ortiz hit his 492nd career homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Hanigan also went deep on consecutive pitches for the Red Sox, who've won four of six.
__ Rookie Greg Bird hit the first two home runs of his major league career to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 win over Minnesota. Bird's two-run homers helped the American League East leaders complete a three-game sweep. Bird's power surge backed the pitching of Nathan Eovaldi, who had a perfect game broken up with one out in the sixth on Chris Herman's single. Eovaldi improved to 13-2 on the season and 8-0 in his last 11 starts.
__ Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning to pace the Rangers in a 7-2 win over Seattle. Moreland and Andrus each drove in three runs. Derek Holland got the win in his return from the disabled list. He's been sidelined with a shoulder injury since April 10. The Rangers have won 15 of their last 20.
__ Jesse Chavez struck out six over eight innings to win for just the second time in six starts as Oakland topped the Dodgers 5-2. Billy Burns hit a tying double for Oakland in the sixth then scored the go-ahead run on Danny Valencia's double-play grounder. Los Angeles dropped back-to-back contests for the first time since Aug. 9-10.
__ Khris Davis powered a pair of home runs and drove in five runs and Ryan Braun added another to help Milwaukee outscore Miami 8-7 and avoid a sweep. Braun's homer was his 252nd, making him the Brewers all-time leader. Justin Bour homered and drove in three for Miami.
__ Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs, and Tyson Ross pitched six solid innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep at Petco Park. It was only the Padres' second three-game sweep of the season.
Phils trade Utley to Dodgers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chase Utley is reuniting with Jimmy Rollins in Hollywood.
The Philadelphia Phillies traded the six-time All-Star second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Triple-A outfielder Darnell Sweeney and Single-A right-hander John Richy.
Utley didn't play in the Phillies' 7-4 win over Toronto, but got a standing ovation afterward and he tipped his cap to the crowd.
Hamilton heads to DL...Giants lose Pence for 15 days
UNDATED (AP) — The Reds placed outfielder Billy Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. Hamilton was injured while trying to make a diving catch in Tuesday's loss to Kansas City. Hamilton is batting .226 with a major league-leading 54 stolen bases.
In other news:
__ San Francisco placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 15-day disabled list. He suffered a strained left oblique late in a game Tuesday night. Pence was injured flying out in the ninth inning on Monday.
__ The Colorado Rockies called up catcher Dustin Garneau from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace catcher Michael McKenry, who needs surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. The Rockies placed McKenry on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.
__ New York Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to be activated from the disabled list next week after missing four months with a back injury. New York manager Terry Collins says Wright will rejoin the team during its four-game series in Philadelphia that begins Monday.
Decision may come early September
NEW YORK (AP) —The federal judge involved in the Tom Brady-NFL lawsuit over deflated footballs has warned the league that he can overturn the four-game suspension given Brady in the "Deflategate" case.
Judge Richard Berman cited legal precedent for reversing arbitrators penalties like the one the NFL imposed on Brady.
Berman continued to push the two sides to reach a settlement in the case. If not, he says he hopes to rule by Sept. 4, six days before Brady's Patriots are set to open the season against Pittsburgh.
Brady and Goodell were not in court and the judge says they will be required to attend an Aug. 31 hearing if no settlement is reached.
Injury updates, a signing and comment from Eli
UNDATED (AP) — It was a rough joint practice session between the Panthers and Dolphins in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the season.
Soon after Benjamin's injury, Dolphins starting safety Luis Delmas was carted off the field a right knee injury. A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that Delmas has again torn the ACL in his right knee.
__ A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will be ready to play in the team's regular-season opener after he hurt his left hamstring in practice Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not provided any updates on McCoy's status a day after he was hurt during a joint practice with Cleveland.
__ The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback Matt Flynn to provide depth to the position as Geno Smith is sidelined six to 10 weeks with a broken jaw. The 30-year-old Flynn, who was dealing with a hamstring issue, was released by New England last week.
__ Eli Manning is denying reports that he asked the New York Giants to make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback. The two-time Super Bowl MVP is in the final year of his contract which will pay him a $17 million base salary.
US women rout Costa Rica in friendly
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly each scored twice and the United States beat Costa Rica 7-2 in a Women's World Cup victory tour exhibition game.
Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan also scored and the U.S. got an own goal in its second friendly since winning the Women's World Cup six weeks ago. The U.S. beat the Costa Rica team 8-0 on Sunday in Pittsburgh.