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Updated: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:08 EST


Reds protect 8-run lead for a change

UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds jumped out to an 8-0 lead against Toronto for the second straight day. This time, the Reds managed to win.

Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and Jay Bruce added a solo shot as the Reds hammered the Blue Jays 11-1. Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Brandon Phillips hit back-to-back RBI doubles to put the Reds up 8-0 in the fourth inning.

Cincinnati erupted for eight runs in the second inning on Friday before eventually losing to the Jays 14-9.

Toronto has dropped 10 of 14 since a six-game winning streak gave them a six-game lead in the American League East on June 6. The Jays are just 1 ½ games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees.

Elsewhere in the majors

— Nelson Cruz belted his 23rd home run, one of four hit by the Orioles in a 6-1 triumph over the Yankees. Steve Pearce, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy also went deep against the Yanks, who had won four straight and eight of 10.

— Miguel Cabrera doubled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning to bail out closer Joe Nathan and lift Detroit past Cleveland 5-4. Rajai (RAH'-zhay) Davis and Ian Kinsler hit back-to-back homers for the Tigers, who have their first three-game winning streak since mid-May.

— Oakland beat Boston 2-1 on Coco Crisp's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Jesse Chavez worked seven shutout innings but was denied a victory after Luke Gregerson uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the eighth.

— Joe Mauer hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning of Minnesota's third straight win, 4-3 against the Chicago White Sox. Winning pitcher Kevin Correia (koh-RAY'-uh) allowed one earned run and five hits in eight innings after entering the game 3-8.

— In Kansas City, the Mariners edged the Royals 2-1 as Dustin Ackley drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out, ninth inning single. Seattle starter Chris Young got a no-decision after limiting the Royals to three hits in seven innings, including Alex Gordon's home run.

— Tampa Bay crushed Houston 8-0 as Jake Odorizzi combined with two relievers on a one-hitter. Odorizzi didn't allow a hit after Jon Singleton singled leading off the second.

— Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez was 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Milwaukee's 9-4 rout of Colorado. Mark Reynolds provided an RBI single and a run-scoring double while the Brewers were scoring four times in both the second and third innings.

— Adam Wainwright is the National League's second 10-game winner after holding the Phillies to a run and six hits in eight innings of the Cardinals' 4-1 victory in St. Louis. Matt Adams had two RBIs without a hit for the Cardinals, who were tied 1-1 until Matt Holliday's RBI double sparked a three-run eighth.

— Doug Fister was the star in Washington's 3-0 shutout of Atlanta, limiting the Braves to five hits in eight innings. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to help the Nationals beat the Braves for only the second time in nine tries this season.

— Gregory Polanco has stretched his career-opening hitting streak to 11 games by going 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Pittsburgh's 5-3 win over the Cubs in Chicago. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs to support Vance Worley, who allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings for his first win of the season.

— The New York Mets earned a shutout victory for the second time in three games as Jacob deGrom allowed five hits in seven innings of a 4-0 triumph at Miami. David Wright went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Lucas Duda added a two-run homer to help deGrom pick up his first major league win.


KC places lead-off hitter on the DL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have put outfielder Nori Aoki (a-OH'-kee) on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. He is hitting .263 with 14 extra-base hits, in 68 games, while batting leadoff in 64 games.


Argentina wins and Germany ties

UNDATED (AP) — Argentina wrapped up a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iran. Lionel Messi scored a goal in stoppage time to give Argentina the win.

Germany had to score the tying goal to finish in a 2-2 tie with Argentina. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose (KLOH'-suh) came on as a substitute for the Germans to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their Group G match. Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.

The result means the United States would advance from Group G to the knockout round if it beats Portugal on Sunday.

Nigeria moved closer to a berth in the knockout stage by scoring a first-half goal in a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia was eliminated from title contention with its second straight loss.


Two-way tie after three rounds

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Michelle Wie (wee) gave away a four-shot lead before pulling even with Amy Yang for a share first place after three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at 2-under-par. Wie steadied herself over the last four holes for her share of the lead with a 2-over-72. Yang's round featured six birdies as she had a round of 68. They are the only two players below par.

The big surprise was Juli Inkster, the 53-year-old Hall of Famer who posted a tournament-best 66. She was tied for third and will be in the penultimate group, just four shots behind in what she said will be her 35th and final Women's Open.


Third round complete

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Ryan Moore had an eagle and two birdies in a bogey-free 4-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Aaron Baddeley into the final round of the PGA's Travelers Championship.

The 31-year-old Moore had a 13-under total after opening with rounds of 63 and 68. He has four top-10 finishes in eight starts in the event.

Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi, Scott Langley and Michael Putnam were tied for third at 11 under.


Lehman leads the way

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Tom Lehman (LAY'-mihn) was the clubhouse leader when the second round of the Encompass Championship was suspended by rain. Lehman followed Friday's 65 with a 6-under 66 for a 13-under total, three shots ahead of Kirk Triplett, John Inman and Roger Chapman.

Bart Bryant was at minus-10 with two holes left when play was stopped.


"V'' is for victory as Virginia, Vandy advance to CWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt have played themselves into the best-of-3 College World Series finals.

Robbie Coman's two-run, bases-loaded single gave the Cavaliers the lead in the fourth inning of a 4-1 win over Mississippi. Josh Sborz and two relievers limited Ole Miss to six singles.

The Commodores advanced by beating Texas 4-3 on Tyler Campbell's walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th. Winning pitcher Hayden Stone allowed a run and three hits while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings of relief.

Game 1 of the finals is Monday at Omaha.


Pole for McMurray

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Jamie McMurray has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at Sonoma Raceway with a new track record. His clocking bumped AJ Allmendinger from the top starting spot as Allmendinger appeared to have the pole locked up until McMurray turned a lap at 96.350 mph in the final minute of qualifying. It's the first pole of the season for McMurray, 10th of his career, and third at Sonoma.

Allmendinger wound up second and, in a surprise, Kyle Larson was third to give Chip Ganassi Racing two cars in the top three.


Williams' Massa takes pole for Austrian GP

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — The Williams racing team surprised the field in qualifying for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa earned his first pole since 2008, with Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas posting the second fastest time. This marks the first time this season that a Mercedes car will not be on the front row for a race.

Championship leader Nico (NEE'-koh) Rosberg was third in qualifying while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton went off track in the final qualifying round and will start ninth. Four-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel (VEHT'-ul) will start 12th.


Halep says she is OK

LONDON (AP) — French Open runner-up Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) says she is ready for Wimbledon and has recovered well from the right shoulder muscle injury that forced her to withdraw from a tuneup tournament this week. The Romanian is seeded third for Wimbledon, which starts play this Monday.


Solo arrested in family dispute

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo is in custody.

Police say Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew.

Kirkland Police say they responded to the sister's home just before 1 a.m. after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave. The department release said police found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after determining that she was the primary aggressor.

Solo's attorney says her client is not guilty of any crime, and that she herself was assaulted and injured during the altercation

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