Hawks beat Lightning to go up 3-2 in the finals

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are within one victory of their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

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The Hawks own a 3-2 lead in the finals after Antoine Vermette scored the tiebreaking goal two minutes into the third period of a 2-1 triumph at Tampa Bay. Kris Versteeg took a shot that was kicked to the slot by goaltender Ben Bishop before Vermette pounced on the rebound and sent the puck into an open net.

Chicago has control of the finals despite little production from Patrick Kane, who was scoreless again on Saturday and has just one point in the series. Jonathan Toews has three points in the series after setting up Patrick Sharp's goal in the first period.

Sharp put the Hawks ahead 6:11 into the game, and the Lightning continued to trail until Valtteri Filppula scored about 11 minutes into the second period.

Corey Crawford finished with 31 saves in his second straight strong performance. Crawford was perfect while the Lightning outshot the Blackhawks 15-7 in the final period

Bishop stopped 27 shots after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

The Blackhawks can wrap up the series at home on Monday night.


Jays win again

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox continue to move in opposite directions. The Blue Jays own a 10-game winning streak that's moved them a season-high three games over .500. The Red Sox are on a five-game skid that has dropped them a season-low nine games under .500.

The Jays made it 10 wins in a row as Russell Martin led off the 11th with a homer in a 5-4 triumph at Boston. Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day after Toronto blew an early 4-0 lead.

Ryan Goins hit a two-run single for the Blue Jays, who are one shy of the club record for consecutive victories set in 1987 and matched twice, including in 2013.

The Red Sox are the lone American League East team under .500.

Also in the majors:

— Baltimore crushed the New York Yankees for the second straight night as Manny Machado launched a two-run homer and had two RBIs in the Birds' 9-4 pounding of the Bombers. Nolan Remold smacked a two-run homer and David Lough (loh) added a solo blast in the Orioles' sixth consecutive win.

— Logan Morrison crushed a three-run homer and a two-run blast while Seattle was grabbing an 8-0 lead by the third inning of an 8-1 rout of Houston. Mike Montgomery gave up a run and six hits in six innings of his first big league victory.

— Detroit starter Justin Verlander made his season debut and got a no-decision after allowing two runs and three hits in five innings of a 5-4 loss to Cleveland. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer off Verlander and Yan Gomes drove in two to support Carlos Carrasco, who is 8-5 after giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

— Texas outscored Minnesota 11-7 as Mitch Moreland belted a three-run homer and had four RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and three ribbies to back Colby Lewis, who is 6-3 after giving up three runs and just four hits in seven innings.

— The Angels beat Oakland 1-0 as C.J. Wilson gave up two hits while whiffing eight in seven innings. Neither team scored after Albert Pujols hit his 18th homer of the season in the first inning.

— Steven Souza Jr. and Jake Elmore hit RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth, allowing Tampa Bay to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Evan Longoria drove in a pair for the Rays, who fell behind on Conor Gillaspie's two-run blast in the eighth.

— Mark Reynolds snapped a 2-2 tie with a solo shot in the fifth inning to push St. Louis past Kansas City 3-2. Tyler Lyons served up homers by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez but allowed just one other hit in five innings for his first win of the season, one day after being recalled from Triple-A.

— Allen Webster took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Arizona rode a pair of RBI singles and a couple of bases-loaded walks to a 4-2 win at San Francisco. Webster gave up two hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings before the Diamondbacks' bullpen preserved his first win of the season.

— San Diego pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Justin Upton's solo blast in the bottom of the eighth. Matt Kemp singled home a run and Ian Kennedy earned a no-decision after holding Los Angeles to a run and four hits in seven innings.

— Washington won for only the fourth time in 15 games as Yunel Escobar and Wilson Ramos  hit two-run homers in the Nationals' 7-2 win at Milwaukee. Joe Ross picked up his first major league win by holding the Brewers to a pair of runs and seven hits while striking out eight in eight innings.

— The Mets had won five straight against Atlanta until Cameron Maybin lined a two-run single in the 11th inning to lead the Braves to a 5-3 triumph in New York. The Mets were one out from a 3-1 victory until Maybin and Freddie Freeman hit RBI singles.

— Miami rode Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer and two-run double to a 4-1 win against Colorado. Stanton's major league-leading 23rd homer of the season supported Mat Latos, who fanned 11 while holding the Rockies to a run and four hits in seven innings.

— Garret Cole is the majors' first 10-game winner of the season after yielding just one earned run and five hits in six innings of Pittsburgh's 4-3 verdict over Philadelphia. Andrew McCutchen had two RBIs and Starling Marte was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Pirates' third straight win.

— The Cubs wasted a 3-1 lead before knocking off Cincinnati 4-3 on Starlin Castro's single in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Montero smacked a two-run homer and Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.


AL champs lose pitcher

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have placed starting pitcher Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list. The lefty is suffering from a strained left forearm.

Vargas, who is 5-2, underwent an MRI exam Friday that showed inflammation.


Tribe welcomes back reliever

DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have activated righty reliever Scott Atchison from the disabled list. To make room right-hander C.C. Lee was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Atchison had been out since May 28 because of a sprained ankle. He is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 19 games this season.


Doubleheader kicks off CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Virginia has opened the College Workd Series with a 5-3 victory over Arkansas.

Joe McCarthy hit a second-inning homer and Kenny Towns delivered a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning as the Cavaliers moved a step closer to their second straight trip to the championship series. Ernie Clement added an RBI single in the ninth for the Cavs, who scored all five of its runs with two outs.

Florida crushed Miami in the second game 15-3, and the Gators did it by tying a CWS record with an 11-run fourth inning. Florida sent 15 batters to the plate in the 40-minute inning, with Peter Alonso driving in three runs and Josh Tobias and JJ Schwartz two apiece.

Florida advanced to a Bracket 1 winners game against Virginia on Monday night. Miami and Arkansas will play an elimination game that afternoon.


Langer leads big

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) — Defending champ Bernhard Langer remains the man on top after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship in Belmont, Massachusetts. The German shot a 4-under-67 to complete play 16-under-par, a whopping eight shots in front of Russ Cochran.


Two-way tie for first

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Greg Owen and Fabian Gomez finished third round play tied for the lead in the PGA's St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Each shot a 3-under-67 to finish play at minus-8.

This is the final event before next week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay outside Seattle.


Park alone in first

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Inbee Park is alone in first place after three rounds of the second major of the LPGA season, the Women's PGA Championship. Park shot a third round 7-under-66 and will begin the final round at 14-under, two shots in front of fellow South Korean Sei Young Kim.

Karrie Webb, Brooke Henderson and Suzann Petersen are tied for third at minus-8.


Qualifying day

TORONTO (AP) — Will Power has secured his 41st career pole position.

The defending IndyCar champion drove the fastest lap in the sixth round of qualifying for Sunday's Indy Toronto. He completed the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit in 59.4280 seconds, finishing with just 5 seconds remaining in the 10-minute final segment of knockout qualifications.

Power earned his second straight pole and fifth this season.

Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud will join Power on the front row.


Brazil wins again

UNDATED (AP) — Brazil is atop Group E in Women's World Cup, improving to 2-0 with a 1-0 win over Spain. The Brazilians lead their group by four points following South Korea's 2-2 tie with Costa Rica.

In Group F, Colombia beat France 2-0 and England was a 2-1 winner over Mexico. Colombia leads the group with four points, one more than France and England.

The U.S. doesn't play again until Tuesday against Nigeria. The Americans lead Group D with four points, one ahead of Australia.