AP Sports Wrap From August 22 2015
UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros won great pitching matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Scott Kazmir outdueled major league ERA leader Zack Greinke as the Astros dumped the Dodgers 3-1. Kazmir allowed a run and six hits while striking out eight in six innings, one start after he was pounded by Tampa Bay. He is 2-3 with a 2.41 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Oakland last month. Jose Altuve and Luis Valbuena homered off Greinke, whose ERA rose to 1.67. The outcome keeps the Dodgers' lead in the NL West at 1 ½ games over San Francisco. Houston tops the AL West by four games over Texas and 4 ½ over the Angels.
Josh Donaldson is the first player to crack 100 RBIs this season after collecting six more in Toronto's 15-3 thrashing of the Angels. Donaldson was 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, a two-run single and an RBI double as the Blue Jays stayed a half-game behind the AL East-leading Yankees. Jose Bautista added a two-run triple and Chris Colabello smacked a two-run homer to help Marco Estrada get his 11th win.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Luis Severino picked up his first major league victory and the Yankees homered twice in a 6-2 triumph over Cleveland. The 21-year-old Severino held the Indians to a run and three hits with six strikeouts over six innings in his fourth big league start. Brett Gardner put the Yanks ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, two batters before Brian McCann delivered a solo shot.
— Pittsburgh pulled out a 3-2 win over San Francisco on Starling Marte's two-out, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Jung Ho Kang hit a pair of solo homers for the Pirates, who climbed within 3 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Pittsburgh's bullpen has won 18 straight decisions, the longest streak in the majors since 1909.
— Ian Kennedy combined with five relievers on an eight-hitter as San Diego hammered St. Louis 8-0. Kennedy struck out 10 and allowed seven hits in six innings to outduel Carlos Martinez, who was seeking his 13th win. The Padres led just 1-0 until Matt Kemp hit a two-run single and Justin Upton added a two-run double in a seven-run seventh.
— Texas collected five straight singles while scoring four times in the third inning of a 5-3 triumph in Detroit. Yovani Gallardo gave up eight hits in six-plus scoreless innings to outpitch Randy Wolf, who allowed three runs in seven innings of his first major league start in 14 months. The Rangers remain four games behind the AL West-leading Astros.
— Asdrubal Cabrera delivered two key hits late in Tampa Bay's 5-4 verdict over Oakland. Cabrera tied it with a solo homer in the seventh and poked a two-run double in the ninth. Logan Forsythe and John Jaso also homered for the Rays, who are within 1 ½ games of Texas for the second AL wild-card berth.
— Minnesota beat Baltimore 3-2 on Byron Buxton's first major league RBI, a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning. The Twins trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before handing Chris Tillman his first loss since May 31. The Twins are 6-0 versus the Orioles this season and within 1 ½ games of the second AL wild-card berth.
— Salvador Perez belted a three-run homer that put Kansas City ahead 5-0 in the sixth inning of a 6-3 win at Boston. Kendrys Morales doubled home a pair of first-inning runs and Yordano Ventura held the Red Sox to a run and six hits in six innings. The Royals still top the AL Central by 12 ½ games over the Twins.
— Addison Russell hit a game-tying homer in the sixth before Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler added eighth-inning blasts to lift the Chicago Cubs past Atlanta 9-7. Anthony Rizzo also hit one of the Cubs' four solo shots as the team moved five games ahead of the Giants for the NL's second wild-card berth. The Braves dropped their sixth in a row despite left fielder Nick Swisher, who homered from both sides of the plate for the 14th time in his career to tie Mark Teixeira's record.
— Anthony Rendon collected two RBIs with a homer and a double in Washington's 6-1 win over Milwaukee. Michael Taylor homered for the third straight night, a two-run blast that helped the Nationals win for only the third time in 11 games. Joe Ross gave up a run and six hits in seven innings for the Nats, who still trail the NL East-leading Mets by five games.
— The Mets earned their second consecutive 14-9 win at Colorado as Juan Uribe hit a solo homer in New York's eight-run third inning. Uribe, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Jon Niese drove in two runs apiece as the Mets improved to 6-0 versus the Rockies this season. Niese is the first Mets pitcher to allow seven runs and still get a victory since Rick Reed in 1998, also in Colorado.
— The White Sox got three runs in the 10th on a bases-loaded walk, a passed ball and an RBI grounder to beat Seattle 6-3. The Mariners were ahead 3-1 in the ninth until Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI single and Adam LaRoche provided a run-scoring grounder.
— Paul Goldschmidt hadn't homered since July 27 before blasting a pair of two-run shots in Arizona's 11-7 rout of Cincinnati. Ender Inciarte homered and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks dealt the Reds their eighth straight loss.
— Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia past Miami 4-2. Darnell Sweeney homered for his first major league hit, a solo blast that sparked the Phillies' two-run eighth.
Mets shelve Duda
DENVER (AP) — The Mets have placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury and recalled left-handed pitcher Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill his roster spot.
Duda was batting .247 with 21 home runs with 56 RBIs in 113 games this season. He has been bothered by back pain most of this month and had to be pulled from Friday's game at Colorado.
Gore leads, Tiger in contention
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods lost his share first place at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, but he's just two strokes behind leader Jason Gore as he tries to qualify for the season-ending FedEx playoffs.
Woods shot a 2-under 68 in the third round on Saturday for a 13-under total. He birdied 16 to get to within one shot of Gore, but he bogeyed the final hole to fall two back.
Gore moved to the top of the leaderboard with a brilliant 8-under 62.
Jonas Blixt also fired a 62 to join Woods and Scott Brown at minus-13.
Woods will qualify for the FedEx playoffs by winning the tournament. He could also earn a spot by finishing in sole possession of second depending on what others do in the final round.
LPGA-CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN'S OPEN
Kung, Ko share lead through 54
COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — Candie Kung and two-time champion Lydia Ko share the lead through three rounds of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Ko bogeyed the final hole for a 3-under 69 to fall into a tie with Kung at 12-under.
Kung shot a 71 after tying the Vancouver Golf Club record with a 64 in the second round.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Billy Andrade will carry a three-stroke lead into the third and final round of the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic in Washington.
Andrade is 10-under following a 7-under 65.
Bernhard Langer and Jeff Freeman share second, three strokes ahead of Fred Couples, Larry Mize and three others.
Logano successfully defends Bristol crown
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the Bristol night race for the second straight year, giving him two victories this month as he prepares for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Logano grabbed the lead on the final restart, zipping past Penske teammate Brad Keselowski before holding off Kevin Harvick. Logano led 176 laps in his third win of the season.
Harvick finished second for the 10th time this season, giving him a career-best 17 top-5 finishes.
Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer.
Kyle Busch led a race-high 192 laps before finishing eighth.
Castroneves wins pole, points leader to start in middle of pack
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — IndyCar points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start 19th for Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.
Graham Rahal qualified fifth as he tries to trim his nine-point deficit to Montoya, who won Pocono from the pole last season.
Helio Castroneves (kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) won the pole at 220.530 mph. He is fourth in the driver standings, 58 points behind Montoya.
Hamilton gets another pole
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg will start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix from the front. For Hamilton, the defending Formula One champion, it's his 10th pole of the season.
In a big surprise, Sebastian Vettel qualified ninth.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
Day 2 at Williamsport
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Cranston, Rhode Island, won an elimination game 6-2 against Webb City, Missouri, to cap Saturday's action in the Little League World Series.
Saturday's other winners were Bowling Green, Kentucky, Taipei and Australia.