Jays, Yanks fall...Keuchel gets 16th...Cards top Nats, help Mets

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays had won eight of nine before the Cleveland Indians prevented them from stretching their lead in the American League East on Monday.

The Indians picked up their sixth consecutive victory as Jerry Sands delivered the tiebreaking single in the seventh inning of a 4-2 decision over Toronto. The Jays took a 2-1 lead on Josh Donaldson's two-run triple in the fifth, but Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run in the seventh before scoring on Sands' go-ahead hit.

Winning pitch Danny Salazar is 12-7 after allowing two runs and six hits while fanning 10 in seven innings.

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a sixth-inning single, but Toronto ended a four-game winning streak.

The New York Yankees remain second in the AL East and 1 ½ game behind Toronto following a 4-3 loss in Boston. Mookie Betts smacked a two-run blast and David Ortiz added his 495th career home run to lead the Red Sox to their ninth victory in 13 games.

The Yankees scored once in the ninth and had the bases loaded with one out before Greg Bird struck out and Didi Gregorius skied to left to end the game.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Dallas Keuchel is the AL's first 16-game winner after allowing one run and striking out eight over seven innings of Houston's 8-3 pounding of Seattle. Keuchel improved to 12-0 at home this season and helped the AL West leaders move 14 games over .500 at 73-59. Rookie Carlos Correa slammed a two-run homer, and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo shots to help the Astros withstand Mark Trumbo's two home runs.

— Tyson Ross provided an RBI single and scattered three hits in seven innings to lead San Diego's 7-0 shutout of the Rangers. Yonder Alonso was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Padres dropped the Rangers four games behind the AL West-leading Astros. Texas is one game ahead of Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth.

— Mark Canha hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs while Oakland was turning a 3-0 deficit into an 11-5 rout of the Angels. Danny Valencia doubled twice and had three RBIs as the A's handed the Angels their ninth loss in 11 games. C.J. Cron stole home for the Angels, who remain 3 ½ games behind Texas for the AL's second wild-card berth.

— The Dodgers' lead in the NL West is 4 ½ games over San Francisco after Adrian Gonzalez poked an RBI single in the bottom of the 14th to carry Los Angeles past the Giants 5-4. The Dodgers trailed 3-1 until Gonzalez and Andre Ethier homered in a three-run sixth. Marlon Byrd had three RBIs for the Giants, including a run-scoring double in the eighth that forced extra innings.

— St. Louis blew a 3-1 lead and trailed 5-3 before scoring five times in the seventh inning to beat Washington 8-5. Jason Heyward's two-run double put the Cardinals back on top to stay after Stephen Piscotty and Jhonny Peralta sparked the seventh-inning rally with RBI singles. The NL Central-leading Redbirds overcame Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer and moved five games ahead of Pittsburgh.

— Bartolo Colon struck out nine while giving up four hits in eight shutout innings to lead the New York Mets past Philadelphia 3-1. Rookie Michael Conforto raised his average to .293 by going 2-for-2, including a tiebreaking, solo homer in the fourth inning. Curtis Granderson added a two-run blast in the fifth for the Mets, who are 13-1 against the Phillies this season and lead the NL East by 6 ½ games over the Nationals.

— The Cubs enjoyed a 5-3 lead until Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in the fifth inning of Cincinnati's 13-6 rout of Chicago. Second baseman Starlin Castro made two of his three errors while the Reds were scoring six unearned runs in the ninth. Jason Bourgeois and Tucker Barnhart each had three hits and two RBIs for the Reds.

— Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria added a solo shot as Tampa Bay doubled up Baltimore 6-3. David Archer lowered his ERA to 2.78 by limiting the slumping Orioles to four hits in six shutout innings. The Birds have dropped five straight and 11 of their last 12.

— Braves pitcher Shelby Miller lowered his ERA to 2.56, but his winless streak reached 19 starts after he surrendered just one run in seven innings of Atlanta's 4-0 loss to Miami. Cole Gillespie hit a solo homer in the second inning to back Chris Narveson, who combined with four relievers on a three-hitter. Martin Prado and Justin Bour added RBI doubles as the Marlins dealt the Braves their sixth straight loss.

— Nolan Arenado and pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen lined two-run singles in the bottom of the ninth to give Colorado a 5-4 comeback win over Arizona. Charlie Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu each had three of the Rockies' 12 hits.


Cubs get Jackson from Mariners...Gomes to Royals

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs made a key acquisition just before the waiver trade deadline.

The Cubs have picked up outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season. He gives the Cubs' outfield depth and defense as the team tries to nail down its first postseason berth since 2008.

Meanwhile, the AL Central-leading Royals have acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. Gomes hit .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 195 at-bats with Atlanta.

And the San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox for a minor league pitcher. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games split between the Bosox and Baltimore this season.


Cleveland exec takes over Blue Jays

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians President Mark Shapiro is leaving the club after 24 years to join the Blue Jays as president and CEO. The move will take effect at the end of the 2015 season. He replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

Shapiro has been with Cleveland since 1992 and says he has "mixed emotions" about leaving. He spent nine years as Cleveland's general manager before becoming president in 2010. Shapiro was baseball's executive of the year following the 2005 and 2007 seasons.

The ownership of the Blue Jays says it wants to retain general manager Alex Anthopoulos and that discussions about extending his contract are under way.


Cousins gets Redskins starting job

UNDATED (AP) — Kirk Cousins will be under center when Washington opens its NFL schedule.

Coach Jay Gruden has announced that Cousins will be his starting quarterback for the season, saying the Michigan State product gives his team the best chance to win.

Cousins was selected over Robert Griffin III, who was thought to have the job until he was held out of Saturday's preseason game because of a concussion suffered the previous week.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor following a three-way quarterback competition. Taylor won the job over former starter EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota. The Bills have released 34-year old running back Fred Jackson, who spent nine seasons in Buffalo.

— Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt says there's a chance rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota won't play in the team's preseason finale Thursday against Minnesota. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has completed 70.4 percent of his passes and is 19 of 27 for 252 yards with only one interception.

— Jacksonville has traded longtime kicker Josh Scobee to Pittsburgh for a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. The Steelers needed a kicker after losing Shaun Suisham and then Graham Hartley to preseason injuries.

— Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas could miss multiple games to start the regular season if he requires surgery on a broken bone in his right hand. He's looking for a second opinion. Thomas was hurt in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

— Denver has sent offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston, released veteran linebacker Reggie Walker and placed rookie tight end Jeff Hauerman on injured reserved. The Clark trade for a seventh-round pick in 2016 is contingent on his passing a physical.

— Safety Stevie Brown is back with the New York Giants. After playing for the team three seasons Brown signed with Houston as a free agent. He was released by the Texans Saturday night paving the way for a return to the Big Apple.

— Arizona dropped 11 players, including linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and veteran punter Dave Zastudil. The 32-year-old Alexander has played nine seasons in the NFL and was team captain for the Cardinals' special teams the past two seasons. The 36-year old Zastudil missed all but two games last season with a groin injury.

— Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the league.


No decision in "Deflategate"

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't agree, so now a judge will decide the fate of "Deflategate."

Judge Richard Berman says both sides tried hard to reach a deal during a Monday morning meeting but failed.

He says he expects to rule as early as Tuesday whether Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the season for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the playoffs last season.

Goodell upheld the suspension in July. The NFL Players Association wants the suspension nullified.


Miles of LSU hospitalized

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU officials say football coach Les Miles had to go to the hospital Monday morning as a precaution after not feeling well. The school's athletic director announced Miles' hospital visit about 30 minutes after Miles did not show up for his media luncheon.

Miles returned to LSU's football operations building early in the afternoon.


Divac gets GM duties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have announced that Vlade Divac will serve as the team's general manager as well as vice president of basketball operations.

The former Kings forward was hired in March as VP of basketball and franchise operations.

The Kings also announced that Mike Bratz will be assistant general manager, Roland Beech will serve as vice president of basketball strategy and Peja Stojakovic will be director of player personnel and development.


Serena advances at Open

NEW YORK (AP) — The defending women's and men's singles champions were easy winners in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

Top-ranked Serena Williams didn't drop a game in her match with Vitalia Diatchenko. Williams was leading 2-0 in the second set when Diatchenko retired due to injury.

Williams is trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete a calendar grand slam. She's also trying to match Graf's professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

Ninth seed Marin Cilic opened his title defense with a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 win over qualifier Guido Pella. Cilic was the first reigning U.S. Open men's champ since 2001 to not begin his title defense at Arthur Ashe Stadium, playing at Louis Armstrong instead.

In other first round action:

— Top-ranked Novak Djokovic made quick work of Brazil's Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Djokovic didn't face a single break point and needed just 71 minutes to advance.

— Fourth seed Kei Nishikori was ousted in his match, losing to Benoit Paire 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Nishikori was the runner-up last year.

— Seven-time major champion Venus Williams overcame Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. The 35-year old Williams has never lost in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

— Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova lost to Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-1, and 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro was a 6-1, 7-6 loser against Denisa Allertova.


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