AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Mets top Marlins to stay in first
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets will own sole possession of first place in the National League East for at least one more day.
Eric Campbell singled home the tiebreaking run in a four-run eighth as the Mets earned their fifth straight win, beating the Marlins 5-1 at Miami. Juan Lagares gave the Mets breathing room with a two-run triple before scoring on Curtis Granderson's double later in the eighth.
Winning pitcher Jon Niese held the Marlins to a run and four hits in seven innings. Niese is 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA in his last 10 starts.
The Mets still top their division by one game after the second-place Washington Nationals pulled out a 5-4 victory against Arizona on a tiebreaking, two-run single by Wilson Ramos in the bottom of the eighth. Yunel Escobar homered to ignite the Nats' three-run first, but the Diamondbacks rallied to tie it before Washington ended a four-game skid.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Anthony DeSclafani struck out a career-high nine over six innings of Cincinnati's 3-2 triumph over St. Louis. DeSclafani and the Reds' bullpen blanked the Cardinals after Matt Carpenter's two-run homer in the third inning. Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd hit RBI doubles in a three-run first that helped DeSclafani beat the Redbirds for the second consecutive start.
— The Cards still top the NL Central by 5 ½ games over Pittsburgh after the Pirates absorbed a 5-0 shutout loss to the visiting Chicago Cubs. Starlin Castro laced a pair of RBI doubles and Jorge Soler had two RBIs to help the Cubs stay a half-game ahead of the Giants for the second NL wild-card berth. Jake Arrieta surrendered just two hits in seven innings before the Cubs' pen completed the combined four-hitter.
— Hunter Pence capped his four-RBI night by slamming a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 8-3 victory in Atlanta. Nori Aoki also homered, Buster Posey had two RBIs and Matt Duffy was 4-for-5 with a game-tying double as the Giants stopped a two-game skid. San Francisco also climbed within two games of the NL West-leading Dodgers.
— Los Angeles ended a four-game winning streak as Maikel Franco belted a tiebreaking grand slam in the seven inning to lift Philadelphia past the Dodgers 6-2. Cesar Hernandez had two hits and scored twice as the Phillies won for the 13th time in 16 games since the All-Star break. Alex Wood took the loss in his first start as a Dodger, giving up four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
— Carlos Gomez homered for the first time since joining the Astros last week, but Prince Fielder countered with his own round-tripper before Texas put together a three-run fifth to beat Houston 4-3. Delino DeShields sparked the Rangers' rally with an RBI triple before Rougned Odor and Josh Hamilton added run-scoring singles. Texas relievers combined for four scoreless innings after Yovani Gallardo gave up three runs and four hits.
— The Astros still own a three-game lead over Los Angeles in the AL West after the Angels managed just two hits in a 2-0, 12-inning loss to Cleveland. Carlos Carrasco limited the Angels to just one hit in nine innings, but the Indians failed to score until Giovanny Urshela smacked a two-run homer off Cam Bedrosian. Carrasco no-hit the Angels until former Indian David Murphy led off the bottom of the fifth with a single.
— Kansas City's lead in the AL Central has grown to 9 1/2 games following the Royals' 5-1 win over Detroit. Salvador Perez delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single to back Danny Duffy, who limited the Tigers to one run on five hits and four walks in seven innings. Justin Verlander is 1-4 after being reached for five runs on 10 hits in seven frames.
— The New York Yankees crushed Boston 13-3 to keep their 5 ½-game lead over Toronto in the AL East. Brian McCann supplied a two-run homer and four RBIs, and Chris Young was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four runs scored. Masahiro Tanaka gave up three runs in six innings to improve to 8-4.
— Marco Estrada allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings to pitch the Blue Jays past Minnesota 3-1. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit solo homers in the Blue Jays' sixth victory in seven games, with puts them one game ahead of the Twins for the second AL wild-card berth. The Twins are 5-12 since the All-Star break.
— Baltimore's 5-0 loss at Oakland drops the Orioles 6 ½ games behind the Yankees. Chris Bassitt held the Birds to five hits while fanning seven in seven innings. The A's broke it open with a four-run sixth as Brett Lawrie laced an RBI triple and scored on Marcu Semien's three-run homer.
— Homers by Logan Forsythe, Mikie Mahtook, Asdrubal Cabrera and Richie Shaffer allowed Tampa Bay to enjoy an 11-3 laugher against the White Sox. Chris Archar gave up two runs and six hits over six innings for his 10th win of the season, and first since June 23.
— Jimmy Nelson pitched into the seventh and Milwaukee stopped a six-game losing streak by topping San Diego 4-1. Khris Davis had two RBIs to back Nelson, who allowed an unearned run and three hits while tossing a season-high 112 pitches.
— Robinson Cano's solo homer and three RBIs highlighted Seattle's 10-4 rout of Colorado. Rockies prospect Jon Gray struggled in his major league debut, throwing 77 pitches and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks in just four innings.
Tigers dump Dombrowski, elevate Avila
DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski is out as president and general manager of the Detroit Tigers and been replaced by Al Avila.
The move comes with the Tigers at 51-54 and 11 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central.
Dombrowski joined the Tigers as team president in 2002. He presided over Detroit's AL-record 119 losses in 2003. But he built a roster that reached the postseason five times, losing the World Series in 2006 and 2012.
Avila has served as Dombrowski's top assistant since 2002 and also worked under him with the Marlins.
Manager and player suspended
UNDATED (AP) — Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez has been suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one for their roles in Sunday's beanball war between the Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. Major League Baseball also fined Sanchez an undisclosed sum for intentionally throwing at Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto's 7-6 win. Sanchez contends his pitch just got away.
Gibbons is missing tonight's home game against Minnesota. He was disciplined for coming back on the field in the eighth inning after being ejected in the seventh.
Also in the majors:
— Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is back on the disabled list, this time with an oblique injury suffered while batting in Monday's game against San Francisco. He is batting .284 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs this season, missing 30 games with a wrist injury.
— The Cubs have activated left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Wada had been out since June 23 with left deltoid inflammation and was on a rehab assignment with Iowa.
— Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Martin leads the major leagues with 13 outfield assists, but he was hitting .220 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 94 games.
— The Padres have reinstated right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from paternity leave and optioned right-hander Leonel Campos to Triple-A El Paso. Kennedy is slated to start Wednesday against Milwaukee, five days after the birth of his fourth daughter.
Brady testimony released
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has released a transcript of Tom Brady's June testimony in the deflated balls controversy. In the 457-page document filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, Brady denies tampering with - or telling anyone to tamper with - footballs in the AFC championship game.
His testimony occurred in an arbitration hearing before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell last week decided to uphold a four-game suspension of Brady issued by a subordinate.
The league asked federal Judge Richard Berman last week to find that the NFL acted properly. Berman has ordered Brady and Goodell to appear before him next week. He has strongly urged they settle.
Brady was suspended after it was found that the Patriots had used deflated footballs in the AFC title game.
Former Lions' running back dies
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit running back Mel Farr has died at age 70.
Farr spent his entire seven year career with the Lions and was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1970 before finishing with just over 3,000 yards rushing. He finished seventh in the 1966 Heisman Trophy voting while playing for UCLA.
The club says his son has confirmed that Farr had died.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-BRYANT
Kelly says Bryant won't play this season
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says running back Greg Bryant will not play for the Irish this season after failing to meet expectations.
Kelly previously had suspended Bryant for the first four games of this season for violating team rules. Kelly said Tuesday Bryant is permitted to practice, but will not occupy a spot on the 105-man roster.
Bryant was second on the team in rushing last season with 289 yards and led the team with 5.4 yards per carry.
Mayweather to meet Berto
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that his next and final bout will be against Andre Berto on Sept. 12. The welterweight title fight will be available on pay-per-view but doesn't figure to be nearly as lucrative as the reported $220 million Mayweather earned for his May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao. The fight is the last in a six-bout deal that Mayweather has with the Showtime network, and the boxer has said repeatedly he will retire when the deal is finished.
Mayweather has won all 48 of his fights and will be a heavy favorite. Berto is 30-3 and has lost three of his last six fights.
Sutter gets extension
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have signed recently-acquired center Brandon Sutter to a five-year contract extension worth about $21.9 million.
The Canucks acquired the 26-year-old Sutter and a third-round draft pick in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Penguins last week for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Sutter had 21 goals, 33 points and 14 penalty minutes in 80 games last season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will distribute the National Hockey League's Internet streaming service and run the NHL's cable-television network.
Terms of six-year contact between the two sports leagues weren't announced.
The deal entrusts the baseball league with the NHL GameCenter app that allows fans to watch most hockey games live on smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices.
The NHL's cable-TV network will operate from the Secaucus, New Jersey, headquarters of the MLB network.
Success for Americans in Russia
KAZAN, Russia (AP) — American Katie Ledecky has lowered her own world record by 2.23 seconds in winning the 1,500 freestyle at the world swimming championships. The 18-year-old led all the way and touched in 15 minutes, 25.48 seconds. That improved her mark of 15:27.71 set in the preliminaries of the non-Olympic event on Monday.
Americans also had success in diving. The winner of the gold in the 20-meter high diving competition was Rachelle Simpson, who beat defending champion Cesilie (SEHS'-ihl-ee) Carlton for the top spot.
This was high diving's second appearance at the world championships, after Carlton won on the 2013 debut in Barcelona.