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Updated: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:15:11 EST


Angels catch A's...Twins silence Royals

UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have some company atop the American League West following their fourth-straight loss, and the Detroit Tigers are a game closer to the AL Central lead.

The Los Angeles Angels have caught up with the A's by downing the Rangers 5-4 in Texas. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) and Howie Kendrick hit solo homers before Kole Calhoun's two-run single put the Angels ahead 5-0 in the fourth inning.

Matt Shoemaker improved to 11-4 as the Halos picked up their fourth straight win.

Atlanta knocked off the A's for the second straight day. Julio Teheran allowed two runs in six innings as the Braves downed Oakland 4-3 to stay six games behind the NL East-leading Nationals. Chris Johnson hit a pair of RBI singles for the Braves.

Detroit has climbed to within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Royals and moved a half-game ahead of Seattle for the final AL wild-card berth.

David Price struck out seven while holding the Mariners to a run and three hits in eight innings of the Tigers' 4-2 victory in Detroit. Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) hit a solo homer and an RBI single to help the Tigers win for only the fourth time in 11 games.

The Royals had won 11 of 12 until the Twins rallied for a 4-1 win at Minnesota. Phil Hughes allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, but the Royals led until the Twins put together a three-run seventh. Brian Dozier hit a go-ahead, two-run double and Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before faltering.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Clayton Kershaw went the distance on a five-hitter, but Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and Carlos Gomez added a solo shot in Milwaukee's 3-2 triumph over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee-gy-AHR') gave up a run and six hits in eight innings to help the Brewers earn their third straight win and extend their lead in the NL Central to three games over St. Louis. The Dodgers pace the NL West by 4 ½ games over San Francisco.

— Jedd Jyorko (JUR'-koh) hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and had five RBIs in San Diego's 9-5 win over the Cardinals. Jake Goebbert had a bases-loaded triple to help the Padres storm back from an early 4-0 deficit.

— Washington pulled out a 4-3 comeback win over Pittsburgh as Wilson Ramos doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The Pirates carried a 3-0 lead into the eighth before Kevin Frandsen hit an RBI single and Adam LaRoche tied it with a two-run homer.

— Cleveland whipped Baltimore 6-0 as Carlos Carrasco limited the Orioles to three hits and no walks in seven innings. Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added a two-run shot as the Indians beat the AL East-leading Orioles for the second straight night.

— Toronto is within 6 1/2 games of the AL East lead after Melky Cabrera supplied a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning to push the Blue Jays past the White Sox 6-3 in Chicago. Jose Reyes and Nolan Reimold each had two hits and an RBI for the Jays, who blew a 3-0 lead after former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) left the mound in the sixth inning of his first game back at U.S. Cellular Field.

— The Yankees' five-game losing streak is over after Derek Jeter hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to lift New York past Tampa Bay 3-2. Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) hit a two-run homer to put New York ahead 2-0 in the second, but the Rays chipped away before Jeter collected his first hit of the game and 3,435th of his career.

— The Giants erased a 5-1 deficit before Gregor Blanco (GREG'-or BLAHN'-koh) hit a tiebreaking, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Phillies 6-5. Blanco also hit an RBI single in the Giants' four-run sixth.

— David Ortiz launched his 400th and 401st home runs while going 3-for-5 with six RBIs in Boston's 10-7 comeback win over Houston. The Bosox trailed 6-3 until Ortiz smacked his second two-run blast of the night to spark a four-run fifth.

— Cliff Pennington's seventh-inning error at shortstop allowed Marcell Ozuna to score the tiebreaking run in Miami's 2-1 win against Arizona. Jeff Baker tied the game with an RBI triple in the fourth.

— Juan Lagares (lah-GAHR'-ehs) and Wilmer Flores drove in two runs apiece as the New York Mets topped the Chicago Cubs 7-3. Jon Niese (nees) gave up three runs in six-plus innings to win his second straight start since a four-game skid.

— Cincinnati's game at Colorado was postponed due to a water main break outside Coors Field. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.


Bailey heads to DL

DENVER (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have placed pitcher Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. The Reds also transferred first baseman Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) , who is suffering from a knee injury, to the 60-day DL. He will be eligible to be reinstated on Sept. 4.

Manager Bryan Price said earlier this week that Bailey thought he hurt his elbow while batting in his last start on Aug. 7.


Report: Bears and Holmes work out deal

CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes has come to terms on a contract with the Chicago Bears.

A first-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2006, Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP in his third year. He had his best season statistically in 2009 with 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns.


Sutherland shoots a 59

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Sutherland made Champions Tour history with his second-round 59 in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. The 50-year-old had a chance to become the first player to card a 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event with a par on No. 18, but he had to settle for a bogey. His par putt from about 6 feet slid just past the hole.

Sutherland opened with seven birdies and an eagle on the first eight holes. He had 12 birdies overall, including three straight coming into No. 18 to set up the chance for a 58.

The round also puts Sutherland atop the leaderboard at 13-under, one stroke ahead of Steve Lowery.


Lincicome leads by 1

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kohm) remains the leader through three rounds of the LPGA Championship in New York.

Lincicome fired a 1-under 71 to barely stay on top, one stroke ahead of Suzann Pettersen and Inbee Park. Pettersen made up ground with a 5-under 67.

Mirim Lee is one shot back and one ahead of Lydia Ko, Meena Lee and Gerina Piller.


Watney is on top

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Nick Watney sank a 20-foot birdie putt on 18 to take a one-shot lead over Brad Fritsch through three rounds of the PGA's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Watney shot a 5-under 65 for a 14-under total that includes just one bogey through 54 holes. Fritsch also shot a 65.

Freddie Jacobson and second-round co-leader Heath Slocum are 12 under.


Power takes Milwaukee pole

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — IndyCar points leader Will Power will start from the pole Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile.

Power topped qualifying with a lap at 169.262 mph. He leads the season standings by four points over teammate Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) with three races left.

Tony Kanaan was second at 168.662 mph for his seventh straight top-10 start. Juan Pablo Montoya will start third, giving Team Penske the top three spots.

There's also word out of IndyCar that two of the series' smaller teams are planning to merge in 2015. Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing say they will unite to form CFH Racing.


Williams advances to final

MASON, Ohio (AP) — It will be Serena Williams against Ana Ivanovic (ee-VAH'-noh-vihch) in Sunday's final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Williams dropped the opening set of her semifinal match before knocking off Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Williams beat the 12th-seeded Wozniacki for the eighth time in nine career matches.

Ivanovic blew a 4-0 lead in the second set and trailed 5-4 in the third before completing a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic took advantage of seven double faults by Sharapova in the third set.

On the men's side, Roger Federer moved into position for his sixth title in the tournament by downing Milos Raonic (ROW'-nihch) 6-2, 6-3. That puts Federer into the final against David Ferrer, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Julien Benneteau (BEH'-neh-toh).


Results from Pennsylvania

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Little League World Series continued on Saturday.

Lynnwood, Wash., staved off elimination by beating Rapid City, S.D. 7-5, and Cumberland, Rhode Island, knocked off Nashville 8-7.

Also, it was Australia crushing the Czech Republic 10-1 and Venezuela posted a 10-0 laugher against Canada.

Rapid City, Nashville, the Czech Republic and Canada were eliminated.

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