AP Sports Wrap from Monday, September 19, 2016
UNDATED (AP) — Rick Porcello continues to win, David Ortiz continues to homer and the Boston Red Sox continue to charge toward their first division title since 2013.
Porcello picked up his major league-leading 21st victory and tossed his third complete game of the season by allowing just four hits in the Red Sox's 5-2 triumph over Baltimore. Ortiz launched his 35th home run, a two-run blast that put the Bosox ahead 5-1 in the fifth. Big Papi (PAH'-pee) has 118 RBIs in his final big league season.
Mookie Betts also slammed a two-run homer off as the Red Sox picked up their fifth straight win and expanded their lead in the AL East to four games over the Orioles.
Adam Jones homered for the Birds, who are tied with Toronto in the race for the two AL wild-card berths. Detroit and Seattle are 2 ½ games behind the O's and Blue Jays.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers tacked another game onto their lead in the NL West by rallying in the ninth to beat the second-place Giants, 2-1.
Justin Turner tied it with an RBI single, one batter before Adrian Gonzalez doubled home the winning run. The rally occurred after Madison Bumgarner tossed one-hit battle while striking out 10 over seven innings.
Los Angeles got another strong outing from Clayton Kershaw, who surrendered no earned runs and just three hits over six innings.
The Giants' lone run came on Kershaw's wild pitch in the third inning.
The Dodgers now pace their division by six games after dealing the Giants their third straight loss.
San Francisco is tied with St. Louis for the final NL wild-card berth, one game behind the New York Mets.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Marco Estrada held the Mariners to one hit while fanning eight over seven shutout innings to lead the Blue Jays' 3-2 triumph at Seattle. Estrada had a no-hitter until Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') launched a two-run homer and Kevin Pillar poked an RBI single to put the Jays up 3-0 in the fourth. Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nihs mahr-TEEN') ripped a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mariners, who have dropped three of four since an eight-game winning streak.
— The Rangers' magic number to capture the AL West crown is down to three after Ian Desmond lined an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas a 3-2 win against the Angels. Nomar Mazara and Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) smashed solo homers before Desmond completed the Rangers' eight walk-off win of the season, and second in four days.
— Marwin Gonzalez slapped a tiebreaking, two-run single in the ninth inning to complete Houston's comeback in a 4-2 triumph at Oakland. The A's led 2-1 until Tyler White's RBI double in the eighth. The victory keeps the Astros three games out of an AL playoff slot.
— Giancarlo Stanton homered in his first start since returning from disabled list before Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) and Derek Dietrich added RBI doubles in Miami's 4-3 win against Washington. The Marlins' bullpen came through with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Danny Espinosa smacked a three-run homer off Wei-Yin Chen. The Nationals' third straight loss leaves them with a magic number of five for winning the NL East.
— The Nats' magic number was reduced after the Braves reached Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) for five runs and eight hits in a 7-3 win over the Mets. Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer and lined a two-run double that chased Syndergaard in the fourth inning. T.J. Rivera homered for the second straight day, but the Mets ended a three-game winning streak.
— The Cardinals picked up their third straight win as Carlos Martinez combined with five relievers on an eight-hitter in a 5-3 triumph at Colorado. Martinez worked five innings and hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the fourth. Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk) crushed a two-run homer to help Martinez improve to 15-8.
— Homers by Addison Russell, Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward powered the Cubs past Cincinnati, 5-2. Russell had two hits and scored twice as the NL Central champions ended a two-game skid. Jason Hammel allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings to move to 15-9.
— Yordano Ventura tossed his first career complete-game victory and Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales belted a three-run homer as the Royals thumped the White Sox 8-3. Ventura scattered nine hits and withstood home runs by Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) and Carlos Sanchez to even his record at 11-11. Paulo Orlando and Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar also homered for the Royals, who are currently 4 ½ games out of an AL wild-card berth following their third straight win.
— Clayton Richard carried a shutout into the seventh and gave up six hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings of San Diego's 3-2 verdict over Arizona. Wil Myers opened the bottom of the fourth with a homer before Alexi Amarista provided a two-run single later in the inning to put the Padres ahead 3-0.
Matz slated to pitch Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets say Steven Matz could rejoin the rotation for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, New York's home finale.
Manager Terry Collins says Matz won't go deep into the game, although he added that the team needs to make sure the lefty will be capable of working more than two innings. Matz hasn't pitched since Aug. 14 because of shoulder tightness.
Eagles beat Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 following another solid performance by their rookie quarterback.
Carson Wentz completed 21 of his 34 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions as the Eagles knocked off the Bears, 29-14 in Chicago. The second overall pick in this year's draft hit Trey Burton for a short TD in the third quarter while the Eagles were scoring 19 straight points.
Ryan Mathews put Philadelphia ahead 29-7 in the fourth quarter with his second touchdown run of the night.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was among several Bears who were knocked out of the game by injury. Cutler completed 12 of his 17 passes for 157 yards, no TDs and one interception before leaving with a right thumb injury.
The Bears fell to 0-2.
Vikes' Peterson has torn meniscus...McCown out for Browns
UNDATED (AP) — Two weeks after acquiring a new quarterback, the Minnesota Vikings could spend time without one of the NFL's top running backs.
Head coach Mike Zimmer tells local radio station KFXN-FM that Adrian Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee during Sunday's 17-14 win over Green Bay. However, Zimmer also said on his weekly radio appearance that he hasn't ruled out Peterson for Sunday's game against Carolina, and that the team was still exploring all scenarios to treat their top offensive weapon.
Peterson needed crutches to exit the stadium after managing just 19 yards on 12 carries versus Green Bay. Minus Peterson, the Vikings managed to beat their arch-rivals as Sam Bradford threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in his Minnesota debut.
In other injury news:
— The Browns are down to third-string quarterback Cody Kessler and veteran backup Charlie Whitehurst now that Josh McCown is out indefinitely after sustaining a sprained left shoulder during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. McCown's injury comes just a week after Robert Griffin III broke a bone in his left shoulder during the season opener at Philadelphia. Kessler will make his first NFL start Sunday against Miami and will be backed up by Whitehurst, who worked out a deal with the Browns following a tryout on Monday.
— Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is done for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Woodhead was hurt when he was tackled after a catch in the first quarter, one week after wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered the same injury.
— The Detroit Lions have released tight end Andrew Quarless after he served a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Quarless never played a game for the Lions, who signed him in August while Eric Ebron was recovering from an injury. Quarless was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000 for firing a gun in Miami Beach, Florida, last year.
— Broncos coach Gary Kubiak says linebacker DeMarcus Ware will have surgery for a broken arm Tuesday and will miss four or five weeks. Ware was injured during Sunday's win over Indianapolis.
— Falcons coach Dan Quinn says All-Pro receiver Julio Jones had an MRI on his right calf but is expected to be ready for next Monday's game at New Orleans. Jones was hurt during Sunday's win at Oakland.
— Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum has been released from a San Diego hospital after sustaining a concussion during Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Chargers. The team says Beachum has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.
— Washington nose tackle Kedric Golston has been placed on injured reserve with a right hamstring injury suffered in Sunday's game against Dallas. The 11-year NFL veteran was hurt on the first play from scrimmage in a 27-23 loss to the Cowboys.
Carroll, Seahawks fined for practice violation
NEW YORK (AP) — The Seahawks have been punished for violating the labor agreement concerning live contact in the offseason.
Head coach Pete Carroll has been fined $200,000 for the violation, while the team has been fined $400,000 and stripped of a fifth-round draft choice. In addition, the Seahawks will lose a week of organized team activities for allowing excessive contact.
A review of the team's on-field practice video from June 6 led the league and the Players Association to agree that the Seahawks ignored the rules.
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Gators Del Rio out against Vols
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss Saturday's game at No. 14 Tennessee because of a left knee injury suffered in last weekend's won over North Texas. That will force the 19th-ranked Gators to go with former Purdue starter Austin Appleby in the first of a seven-game stretch of SEC games.
Both the Gators and Vols are 3-0.
Bucks extend Antetokounmpo
UNDATED (AP) — The Bucks have worked out a new contract with one of their top players.
Two people familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAHN'-ihs ahn-teh-toh-KUHN'-poh) has accepted a four-year extension worth $100 million. The 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, his third in the league.
Russia beats Team North America in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) —Team North America was able to outshoot Russia 45-23 in the second game of the World Cup of Hockey for both teams. But the Russians scored on four consecutive shots during a 6:14 span of the second period to chase Matt Murray and earn a 4-3 victory over the 23-and-under team.
Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST'-nih-kahv), Nikita Kucherov (koo-CHEHR'-ahv), Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET'-sahv) and Vladimir Tarasenko provided the Russian goals, while Sergei Bobrovsky (bah-BRAHF'-skee) stopped 42 shots in the wide-open contest.
Both teams are 1-1.
Team Europe is 2-0 in the tournament after Leon Draisaitl (DRY'-sy-tul) beat Petr Mrazek (muh-RA'-zehk) at 2:06 of overtime to complete a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic. Mats Zuccarello (zoo-kah-REH'-loh) scored in regulation before setting up the game-winner.
Legendary Kings broadcaster returns but limits travel
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary Los Angeles Kings announcer Bob Miller will return to call games for the team's 50th anniversary season. But he will reduce his travel schedule to 17 road games after missing the final three months last season because of quadruple bypass surgery.
The team says that Miller will call all home games and the first round of the playoffs. The Hall of Fame broadcaster turns 78 on opening night, his 44th with the Kings.