AP Thursday Sports Roundup
NL West-leading Dodgers rally for split at Coors Field...Orioles fading in AL East...Twins losing streak hits 13
UNDATED (AP) — — Colorado split a doubleheader with the Dodgers, winning 7-0 and losing the second game 10-6. In the opener, Tyler Anderson scattered six hits over 6 1/3 innings and drove in a run in the Rockies first shutout at home this season. Nolan Arenado had a run-scoring double in the first. That gives him 34 RBIs this month. It's the most for August in Rockies history, passing the mark of 33 set by Andres Galarraga in 1996.
Colorado took an 8-5 lead into the ninth in the second game but L.A. rallied on Andrew Toles' grand slam with two outs in the ninth. Trailing 8-2, the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth and added five more in the ninth.
In other action:
— Southpaw Matt Moore struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings for his first career victory at AT&T Park, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2. Moore looked strong in his first game since losing a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. The Giants are a game and a-half back of the Dodgers in the NL West.
— The NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs held off Pittsburgh 6-5. Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer as the Cubs finished a three-game sweep. The Cubs tied their club record for best record during August -- 22-6.
— AL East-leading Toronto beat Baltimore 5-3, taking two of three from the Orioles. Jose Bautista homered on the game's first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later. The fading Orioles are four games behind the first-place Blue Jays and are tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot.
-Tyler Collins drove in the game winner with a sacrifice fly in ninth to give Detroit a 3-2 win over the White Sox. Rookie JaCoby Jones had a pair of doubles and scored the game winner in his second major league game.
— In 13 innings, the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 5-4. Brian McCann's sacrifice fly in the 13th drove in the go-ahead run for the Yanks.
— Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam to spark Boston to an 8-6 win over Tampa Bay. Aaron Hill had the go ahead RBI in the bottom of the eighth for the Red Sox who strengthened their hold on a wildcard playoff spot. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) kept up his recent torrid pace with three hits, giving him 15 in his last 20 at-bats. He's hitting .463 since moving to the leadoff spot on Aug. 10.
— Rougned Odor (ROOG'-ned oh-DOOR') hit a pair of home runs a day after hitting a walk off homer to help Texas pound Seattle 14-4. Carlos Gomez added a grand slam off of Seattle's ace Felix Hernandez to help the AL West-leading Rangers complete a three game sweep.
— National League East-leading Washington swept a three-game series in Philadelphia with a 2-1 victory. Ex-Phillie Jayson Werth hit a solo homer. Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez and four relievers combined on a two-hitter. The Nats have beaten the Phils nine straight times.
— Evan Gattis's RBI single capped a three-run eighth inning giving Houston a 4-3 win over Oakland. The winning rally was kept alive when Alex Bregman struck out but reached on a two-out wild pitch. A's starter Ross Detwiler gave up three hits and left after the seventh with a 3-1 lead.
— Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) struck out a season-high 11 and notched his seventh straight win in leading the Cleveland Indians to an 8-4 victory over Minnesota. The Twins have now lost 13 straight games — one shy of tying the club record.
— Kelly Johnson's three-run double in the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted the surging New York Mets to a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins, who have lost five in a row. The Mets have won three straight.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ihn-hys) homered for all the Milwaukee offense and Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning in the Brewers' 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. That ends the Brewers' six-game losing streak.
— Ricky Nolasco pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout in leading the Los Angeles Angels to an interleague sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 3-0 victory.
— In a battle of last place teams, Atlanta rapped out 12 hits and beat San Diego 8-1. Gordon Beckham drove in two with a pinch-hit double.
Mets Walker has herniated disk...Deals galore
UNDATED (AP) — Second baseman Neil Walker was out of the New York Mets' lineup for a fourth straight day and the team revealed he has a herniated disk in his back.
Both Walker and the Mets had previously classified the injury as a stiff back.
The Mets were waiting for a second opinion on Walker's condition to determine if surgery is necessary immediately or if he could try to play through the injury over the final 4 1/2 weeks of the regular season.
Walker has matched his career high with 23 home runs.
In other baseball:
— The Mets acquired right-hander Fernando Salas from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for minor league right-hander Erik Manoah.
— The Orioles have acquired outfielder Michael Bourn from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a minor leaguer. The 33-year-old Bourn batted .261 with 12 doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 RBIs in 89 games for Arizona.
— The Indians have added outfield depth by acquiring Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. The AL Central leaders sent pitcher Colt Hynes and cash to the A's for Crisp, who began his career with Cleveland in 2002.
— In a trade involving two teams trying to make the playoffs, the Pirates traded left-hander Kyle Lobstein to the Orioles for lefty Zach Phillips. The 27-year-old Lobstein was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 games as a reliever for Pittsburgh this season, while the 29-year-old Phillips was 9-3 with one save and a 4.45 ERA in 49 relief appearances for Triple-A Norfolk this season.
— The New York Yankees have acquired minor league outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash. In another trade, the Yanks sent outfielder Ben Gamel to Seattle for minor league right-handers Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco.
Vikes place Bridgewater on IR
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Vikings have placed Teddy Bridgewater on injured reserve a day after their starting quarterback suffered a dislocated left knee, torn anterior cruciate ligament and other significant damage during a non-contact drill during practice.
The Vikings re-signed quarterback Brad Sorensen for depth, the day after he was waived. Shaun Hill will be the starter for now.
The Vikings wrap up the preseason on Thursday against Los Angeles.
League clears three premier players
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has cleared Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay's Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of any wrong-doing stemming from an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancing drugs. The move comes after the league interviewed the three last week during its investigation of the report.
Supreme Court to hear concussion case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case is sending the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months. The family of late Buffalo Bills fullback "Cookie" Gilchrist wants the high court to revisit the debate over the brain injury known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (en-sehf-uh-LAH'-pah-thee), or CTE.
The appeal filed Monday by son Scott Gilchrist calls it "irrational" that a federal judge in Philadelphia excluded future payouts for CTE from the potential $1 billion settlement, though the science continues to develop.
NEW YORK (AP) — The fifth seed on the men's side of the draw is out on Day 3 of the U.S. Open.
Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic (MEE'-lohsh ROW'-nihch) hit 15 double-faults and lost to 120th-ranked qualifier Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in the U.S. Open's second round.
The fifth-seeded Raonic was treated by a trainer for problems with his left wrist and left thigh during the match and generally looked weary as play went on.
In other U.S. Open highlights:
Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) breezed into the third round at the US Open. The top seed advanced when his second round opponent withdrew from their match with an injury.
John Isner took four sets to beat Steve Darcis in a second round match.
On the women's side, two-time Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) defeated ninth seed and 2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah). It was Wozniacki's first win over a top-10 player for the first time in nearly a year.
No. 13 seed Johanna Konta rebounded after collapsing on the court in the second set, to beat Tsvetana Pironkova.
Second seed Angelique Kerber and 2015 U.S. Open runner-up, Roberta Vinci, cruised into the third round.
After her first-round victory took nearly 2½ hours and ended close to 2 a.m., the eighth-seeded American Madison Keys routed 16-year-old Kayla Day 6-1, 6-1 in 48 minutes.
American teen CiCi Bellis is sticking around a little longer as well. The 17-year-old qualifier rallied to beat fellow American Shelby Rogers 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.
Indoor tennis for first time at Open
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open used its new, $150 million retractable roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium during a match for the first time Wednesday night.
The cover took about 5 minutes to close at 3-all in the second set of 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal's second-round match against Andreas Seppi.
After dealing with rain delays and postponed finals for years, the U.S. Tennis Association finally built a movable roof over its main stadium. It was available for this year's tournament, which started Monday, but the first two days were dry.
Season kicks off with 2 games Thursday night
UNDATED (AP)— The AP Top-25 gets into action with a pair of games involving ranked teams Thursday night:
— Appalachian (ap-ah-LA'-chihn) State, which has been known to knock off the big boys from time to time, is at ninth-ranked Tennessee, which has hopes of landing in the four-team end of season playoff. In what might be a bad omen for Tennessee, Vols offensive coordinator Mike DeBord was Michigan's OC when it lost to Appy State in 2007.
— Thursday night's other game has 19th-ranked Louisville a 40-point favorite over Charlotte. Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads a high-powered Cardinals offense.