AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
This streak goes to 11
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians now have their longest winning streak since 1982 following a ninth-inning rally in Atlanta.
Carlos Santana delivered the tiebreaking, RBI single while the Indians scored three times in the ninth to beat the Braves 5-3. Corey Kluber got credit for the Indians' 11th consecutive victory by holding the Braves to a pair of runs and just three hits in eight innings. Kluber carried a no-hitter into the sixth after shutting out Tampa Bay in his previous start.
Jose Ramirez hit a pair of RBI singles and Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') stole home for Cleveland, which leads the American League Central by six games over Kansas City.
Meanwhile, Kris Bryant followed his first career three-homer game by delivering the tiebreaking single in the 15th inning of the Chicago Cubs' 7-2 win at Cincinnati. Javier Baez was 0-for-6 in the game before belting a grand slam that capped the scoring.
Ben Zobrist (ZOH'-brihst) also homered for the Cubs, who have won two straight since dropping six of seven.
Chicago's lead in the NL Central remains 10 games over St. Louis.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Matt Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs as St. Louis doubled up the Royals 8-4 in Kansas City. Every member of the Cardinals' starting lineup either scored a run or had an RBI to help Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) get his second straight win since a seven-game losing streak. Yordano Ventura's ERA rose to 5.00 after yielding seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.
— Lucas Giolito looked sharp in his major league debut and Bryce Harper smacked a two-run homer as Washington blanked the New York Mets 5-0. Giolito limited the Mets to just one hit over four innings before coming out of the game because of a lengthy rain delay. Wilson Ramos lined a two-run double for the Nationals, whose lead in the NL East is up to 4 ½ games over the Marlins and five games over New York.
— Homers by Jose Iglesias, Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) produced seven runs in the fifth inning as Detroit turned a 3-0 deficit into a 7-5 win at Miami. Iglesias and Castellanos sandwiched their two-run blasts around Cabrera's three-run shot, all with one out in the fifth. Mike Pelfrey improved to 2-7 despite surrendering four runs and 12 hits over 5 1/3 innings, including Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer.
— Rick Porcello is 9-2 after fanning eight and holding Tampa Bay to a run and five hits in six innings of Boston's 8-2 rout of the Rays. Travis Shaw was the hitting star as the Red Sox ended a three-game skid, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs. The Rays fell for the 12th time in 13 games, with Chris Archer absorbing his major league-leading 11th loss.
— Baltimore's lead in the AL East remains 4 ½ games over the Red Sox after Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Hyun Soo Kim homered in an 11-7 win at San Diego. Kim collected three RBIs while the Orioles built an 11-1 lead. Winning pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL'-doh HIH'-meh-nehz) gave up one run in five innings and was lifted following the Birds' seven-run sixth.
— Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as Texas beat the New York Yankees for the second straight night, 7-1 in the Bronx. Beltre's RBI single sparked a five-run eighth that put the Rangers ahead 7-0. Cole Hamels struck out seven over seven shutout innings as the Rangers won their fourth in a row and improved to 24-6 since May 28.
— Texas still tops the AL West by 10 games over Houston after Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer and drove in four to lead Houston's 7-1 romp over the Angels. Scott Feldman looked good over five innings, yielding an unearned run and three hits. The Astros reached Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) for five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
— Julio Urias (YOO'-ree-uhs) notched his first big league victory and RBI by leading the Dodgers past the Brewers 6-5 at Milwaukee. Urias poked a run-scoring single in the fourth and held the Brewers to two runs and two hits with six walks in six innings. The 19-year-old lefty allowed only Ryan Braun's two-run double in the third and Jonathan Lucroy's double in the sixth.
— The Dodgers are within six games of NL West-leading San Francisco following the Giants' 13-11 loss to Oakland. Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski slammed a go-ahead, three-run homer in the Athletics' five-run eighth after the Giants carried an 8-5 lead into the inning. San Francisco wasted Brandon Crawford's three hits and five RBIs.
— Nelson Cruz hit his 20th home run of the season and Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Seattle's 5-2 triumph against Pittsburgh. Cruz put the Mariners ahead 5-0 with a two-run shot in the fifth. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ee-wah-KOO'-muh) blanked the Pirates until Starling Marte's (mahr-TAYZ') RBI triple in the seventh.
— Maikel (MY'-kehl) Franco homered and the Phillies rallied for two runs in the ninth to pull out a 4-3 win at Arizona. Andres Blanco tied it with an RBI single and scored the winning run on a balk by Brad Ziegler. Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) left the game after two innings because of tightness in his left oblique.
— Brian Dozier and Kyle Gibson led Minnesota to its first win over the White Sox in seven games this season, a 4-0 shutout at Chicago. Dozier homered twice and drove in all four runs to back Gibson, who scattered five hits in seven innings of his first win of the season. The Twins have won five of their last eight.
— Josh Donaldson laced a go-ahead, bases-loaded triple and Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-IHTS'-kee) homered against his old team as Toronto outscored the Rockies 14-9 in Colorado. The Rockies lost despite Carlos Gonzalez, who crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs.
Kershaw having back looked at
UNDATED (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles for tests on a sore back that's been bothering him for a few weeks.
Manager Dave Roberts says he's still hopeful Kershaw could make his next scheduled start Friday night at Dodger Stadium against Colorado.
The three-time NL Cy Young winner is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA this season. He lost his last start on Sunday in Pittsburgh, giving up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
In other major league injury news:
— Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a bone spur in his left elbow and will have his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. Mets GM Sandy Alderson says the 25-year-old lefty will continue pitching through the bone spur because doctors have assured the team he cannot do damage to it.
— The Washington Nationals say an MRI performed Monday has confirmed their diagnosis that pitcher Stephen Strasburg has an upper-back strain. The 27-year-old right-hander was scratched from his last two starts after opening the season 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA.
— The St. Louis Cardinals have activated backup catcher Brayan Pena from the disabled list and designated Eric Fryer for assignment. Pena has been out all season after having surgery on his left knee.
— Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery next week. Hughes already was expected to be out until early August after suffering a fractured femur when he by a line drive on June 9.
— The San Diego Padres have placed Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right forearm.
BASEBALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Chanticleers force Game 3
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The College World Series finals are going to a deciding third game following Coastal Carolina's 5-4 win over Arizona.
Connor Owings broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the eighth before G.K. Young followed with a two-run single later in the inning.
Mike Morrison held the Wildcats to a pair of runs and six hits while fanning a career-high 10 over 6 2/3 innings.
The teams meet again Wednesday night to decide the national championship.
Women's basketball pioneer dies at 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The winningest coach in Division I college basketball history has died at age 64.
Longtime pioneering Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt passed away five years after being diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Summitt helped grow college women's basketball as her Lady Vols dominated the sport in the late 1980s and 1990s, winning six titles in 12 years. She had a career record of 1,098-208 with eight NCAA championships, and 18 NCAA Final Four appearances in 38 seasons before stepping down in 2012.
A public memorial service is being planned for Summitt at Thompson-Boling Arena on the Tennessee campus July 14.
Day, Lowry says no to Rio, due to Zika
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jason Day is not going to the Olympics because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.
Ireland's Shane Lowry has also bowed out for the same reason.
The two join a growing list of golfers who are passing up the Olympics due to Zika concerns. Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy said last week Zika will keep him from competing in Rio de Janeiro.
Security at top of Rio CEO's concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief organizer of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says security is his top concern, well ahead of the Zika virus.
Sidney Levy says keeping athletes and visitors safe from terrorism and other crime is his No. 1 top priority. He called the biggest fear "lone wolf" attackers.
The plan is to have 85,000 security personnel on the streets. Levy said the 2013 visit of Pope Francis and the 2014 World Cup were tests for Brazil.
Serena wins opener
LONDON (AP) — Defending champ Serena Williams stumbled in her first-round match at Wimbledon as she seeks her 22nd Grand Slam singles title. Williams delivered five double-faults and faced five break points during an uneven 6-2, 6-4 victory over Amra Sadikovic. The six-time Wimbledon champion joins sixth seed Roberta Vinci and No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova (kooz-NET'-soh-vah) in Round 2.
Second seed Andy Murray cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Liam Broady. It was the first all-British men's match at Wimbledon in 15 years.
Fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka was extended to a fourth set before subduing American teenager Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4 in first round play.
Rain cut short the Day 2 schedule, forcing the suspension or postponement of 31 matches. None of the seeded players were ousted on Tuesday.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) and No. 3 Roger Federer are part of Wednesday's Wimbledon schedule. Second seed Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN'-yuh muh-guh-ROO'-thuh) and No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska (ag-nee-EHSH'-kuh rad-WAHN'-skah) highlight the women's part of today's slate.
Baldwin gets extension
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has agreed to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2020 season.
Baldwin is coming off a career season, tying for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions and setting career highs in TDs, receptions and yards receiving.
Buddy Ryan dies
UNDATED (AP) — Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has died at age 82.
His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by son Rex Ryan. The agent for the former Eagles and Cardinals head coach did not give a cause of death.
The always outspoken Ryan was a linebackers coach for the 1968 New York Jets and coordinated the ground-breaking 46 defense for the '85 Chicago Bears, one of the NFL's greatest defenses. Both of those teams won the Super Bowl, but he was 0-3 in playoff games as a head coach.
NHL fines Canucks for tampering
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The NHL has fined the Vancouver Canucks $50,000 for tampering after general manager Jim Benning discussed his interest in two players currently under contract with other teams.
Benning mentioned the team's attraction to Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos during an interview before the NHL draft last week.
NHL rules bar teams from discussing their interest in players who are under contract until the open window for negotiating with pending free agents.
Hurley to skip British Open
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Billy Hurley III is passing up a chance to play in the British Open next month because his sister is getting married that weekend.
The 34-year-old former Naval officer earned a trip to Royal Troon by winning the Quick Loans National near Washington last weekend after entering the tournament as the world's 607th-ranked golfer. Hurley's first tournament title also qualified him for the upcoming PGA Championship and the Masters next April.
Three more join Baylor suit
WACO, Texas (AP) — Three more women have joined a federal lawsuit against Baylor University.
The women are accusing the school of doing nothing to help them after they reported being sexually assaulted on or near campus. They claim sexual assaults dating from 2005 to 2014.
Baylor faces three federal lawsuits alleging the school violated federal Title IX anti-gender discrimination regulations.