AP Sports Wrap from Sunday, August 28 2016
UNDATED (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit three home runs for the Blue Jays and in hockey-happy Toronto, that's a hat trick.
So Blue Jays fans littered the field with hats after Donaldson's third homer in a 9-6 win over Minnesota.
It was the first three-home run game of Donaldson's career and the fourth multi-homer game of the season for last year's American League MVP.
Donaldson's power display helped the AL East leading Blue Jays send the Twins to a season-high tenth straight loss. Minnesota has allowed eight or more runs in franchise-record six straight games.
In other major league action:
— Raul Mondesi (MAHN'-deh-see) sparked an eight-run sixth inning that sent Kansas City to a 10-4 win over Boston. Eric Hosmer added a two-run single in the Royals big inning, that sent them to their 17th win in 21 games. David Ortiz has hit his 31st homer of the season for the Red Sox. It was his 534th career homer, tying Ortiz with Jimmy Foxx for 18th on the career list. Boston drops two games back of Toronto in the AL East race.
— Kevin Gausman scattered seven hits over seven innings to help Baltimore cool off the Yankees 5-0. It was Gausman's first road win of the season after he went 0-16 in 25 previous starts away from Camden Yards. Mark Trumbo powered his major league leading 40th homer for the Orioles who stay three games back of Toronto for the AL East lead. The Yankees had pounded Orioles pitching for 27 runs in the first two games of the series.
— Brock Stewart and four relievers combined on a four-hitter to lead the Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the Cubs. Stewart struck out eight over five innings and allowed two hits. Andrew Toles scored the only run of the game on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. Jon Lester struck out six and allowed three hits over six innings for the Cubs.
— Joe Panik homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs to help the Giants clobber Atlanta 13-4. Denard (deh-NARD') Span and Eduardo Nunez also went deep for the Giants who stay two games back of the Dodgers for the NL West lead. Madison Bumgarner improved to 13-8 despite an uneven effort that saw him give up three runs over seven innings. Freddie Freeman and Gordon Beckham homered for the Braves.
— Nolan Arenado (ahr-eh-NAH'-doh) had four hits including his 35th home run and drove in three to help Colorado beat Washington 5-3. Arenado's go-ahead two-run homer in the third was followed by David Dahl's solo homer. Bryce Harper, Trea (TRAY) Turner and Wilson Ramos hit home runs for Washington which lost the season series to the Rockies 4-2.
— Rookie Luis Perdomo tossed a six-hitter with the benefit of a club record six double plays in San Diego's 3-1 win over Miami. Perdomo allowed the leadoff man to reach in five innings and each time induced a ground ball double play. It was the first complete game by a Padres pitcher since June 20, 2015. Ryan Schimpf had an RBI triple, single and scored for the Padres to finish 7 for 10 in the series.
— Angels' pitcher Tyler Skaggs shut down the Detroit offense in a 5-0 win. Skaggs allowed two hits and struck out six in six innings for his second win of the season. Jefry Marte (JEHF'-ree mahr-TAY') had three RBIs for the Angels against his former team. The Tigers were limited to six runs in the three-game weekend set against the Angels, after scoring 35 in the previous four-game series.
— Derek Holland allowed a run over six innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list to help Texas stop Cleveland 2-1. Ian Desmond and Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) had RBI singles for the AL West-leading Rangers, who now have an 8 1-2 game lead with five weeks left in the season. The Rangers took three of four from the AL Central-leading Indians.
—Chris Archer struck out 10 in seven innings and Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer as Tampa Bay beat Houston 10-4. Matt Duffy and Nick Franklin also went deep for the last-place Rays, who have homered in 21 of their last 24 games. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit Archer's first pitch of the game for a home run, giving the Astros 18 in the last 10 games.
— Carlos Rodon pitched into the seventh inning, Justin Morneau (mor-NOH') had a two-run single and Melky Cabrera drove in a run and scored twice to lead the White Sox to a 4-1 victory over Seattle. The Sox took three of four in the series and have won six of eight.
— A.J. Ellis had the go-head two-run double in the seventh-inning in his Phillies debut leading in a 5-1 win over the Mets. The veteran catcher was acquired Thursday from the Dodgers in a trade. The banged up Mets, who were without ailing sluggers Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and Neil Walker, also lost shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) in the first inning with soreness in his left knee.
— Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova went six sharp innings before leaving the game with a sore left hamstring in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over Milwaukee. John Jaso (JAY'-soh), Gregory Polanco and Starlin Marte (mahr-TAY') hit solo homers for the Pirates who earned their eighth straight road victory. Nova retired 10 of his final 11 batters after allowing Jonathan Villar's solo homer in the third. He scattered three hits and struck out four to improve to 4-0.
— Rookie Andrew Triggs earned his first win as the Athletics stopped St. Louis 7-4. Triggs allowed three runs on four hits, walked none and struck out eight in six innings. Stephen Vogt hit a three-run homer for Oakland and Khris Davis added his 34th of the season for the Athletics who have won four of five. Matt Carpenter doubled twice, homered and scored the Cardinals' first three runs. His homer in the third extended the Cardinals' streak to 17 games with a homer, matching their season best.
— Welington Castillo drove in four runs to lead Arizona to an 11-2 win over Cincinnati. Yasmany Tomas (toh-MAHS') chipped in with a pinch-hit, three-run homer to help Archie Bradley earn his first win since July 27. Arizona climbed on Reds starter Homer Bailey for four runs in the first and didn't look back.
Kaepernick steadfast in anthem protest
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) says he plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in race relations in America.
The 49ers quarterback says he knows he could be cut for this stand, criticized and ostracized but he'll go it all alone if need be.
He refused to stand for the "The Star Spangled Banner" before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Packers Thursday.
Kaepernick is critical of what he sees as unpunished police brutality and called on accountability from public officials.
The biracial Kaepernick says when he was in college at Nevada, police were called one day "because we were the only black people in that neighborhood." Officers entered without knocking and drew guns on him and his teammates and roommates as they were moving their belongings.
Berry joins Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Safety Eric Berry of the Chiefs has signed his franchise tender and reported to camp. Berry was given the franchise tag early in the offseason but had not signed the deal. The contract will pay him just over $10.8 million this season, making him the league's highest-paid safety.
Berry played in every game last season, less than a year after he was diagnosed with cancer. He made 55 tackles, a pair of interceptions and resumed his role as the heart and soul of the defense.
Atlanta inks veteran DB
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran free-agent safety Dashon Goldson. The Falcons made the move because they will be without rookie starting strong safety Keanu Neal, the first-round pick, for at least the first two regular-season games with a right knee injury.
Coach Dan Quinn has said that backup Kemal Ishmael would fill in for Neal as the starting strong safety.
Goldson, a 2012 All-Pro with the 49ers, had 110 tackles in 15 starts with the Redskins in 2015.
Larson earns inaugural win
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps to go and went on to win at Michigan for his first Sprint Cup victory.
The 24-year old held off Chase Elliott to win by 1.48 seconds. Brad Keselowski was third.
Larson's victory snapped a 99-race losing streak for Chip Ganassi Racing. It also secured a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two races left in the regular season.
F1-BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Rosberg finishes first
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Pole sitter Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg has won the Belgian Grand Prix to close the gap on world driving champion Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings.
Hamilton started in the back of the field but fought through the traffic to finish third behind Daniel Ricciardo (rih-KAHR'-doh).
Hamilton's lead over Rosberg is down to nine points.
Reed wins FedEx opener
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed has picked up a double victory.
His win in The Barclays was not only his first of the season, but secured a spot for him on the US Ryder Cup team.
Reed shot a 1-under 70 to finish 9-under par in the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.
That was good for a one shot win over Sean O'Hare and Emiliano Grillo (eh-mee-lee-AN'-oh GREE'-yoh).
Brandt Snedecker and Zach Johnson also earned Ryder Cup berths with their finishes.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-BOEING CLASSIC
Langer wins in playoff
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Bernhard Langer made a three-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland for the title at the Champions Tour Boeing Classic.
Langer was five shots back at the turn, before shooting a 6-under 30 on the back nine to join the playoff at 13-under par.
The trio all birdied the par-5 18th hole to end regulation. But only Langer did it again in the playoff to win the tournament for the second time, a day after his 59th birthday.
LPGA-CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN'S OPEN
Thai star wins in LPGA play
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tan-uh-garn) shot a final round 6-under 66 to win the LPGA's Canadian Pacific Women's Open by four shots.
It was her fifth win of the season, all in the last 10 events.
Jutanugarn's 23-under total tied the tournament record.
Sei Young Kim shot a 65 to finish second.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
U.S. entry wins World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Harlost led Endwell, New York to a 2-1 win over South Korea to win the Little League World Series title
Harlost struck out eight and allowed five hits in six innings. Endwell becomes the first U.S. winner since Huntington Beach, California, in 2011, and gave New York its first championship since 1964.
Conner Rush had the New York team's only RBI to give Endwell the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Harlost scored the deciding run on a passed ball.