Created: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:15:04 EST
Updated: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:15:04 EST
Torrid Nats do it again...Kershaw wins 15th, fans 10
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals matched their longest winning streak since they moved from Montreal in 2005 by winning their 10th straight, 1-0 over Arizona. Denard (deh-NARD') Span scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth for the lone run. That's the Nationals' fifth walkoff victory in their last six games.
Closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for the win -- he's 4-1. The Nats swept a three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games against the D-Backs.
Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 in a row this year.
In other baseball:
— After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm in Chicago, the Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game. Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer Tuesday held up as the team's played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 two nights ago when a short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew struggled with the tarp. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m. But the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended. The Giants won the nightcap, 5-3. Buster Posey went 4-for-4 with a home run.
— The L.A. Dodgers nipped San Diego 2-1. Clayton Kershaw improved to 15-3 by outpitching Tyson Ross. Justin Turner's two-run home run in the eighth was all the offense that Kershaw needed. Kershaw struck out 10 in allowing three hits in eight innings.
— The L.A. Angels blanked Boston 2-0 behind a superb pitching effort from Matt Shoemaker, who combined with two relievers on a one-hitter. He lost his bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning on a double by Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox. Shoemaker is 12-4, striking out nine in his seven and two-thirds innings. The Angels increased their lead in the AL West to two games over idle Oakland.
— There was a real pitcher's duel in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the Rays beat the Tigers 1-0. Alex Cobb of the Rays went seven innings allowing two hits while striking out six. Loser David Price, who was traded by the Rays to the Tigers last month, went the distance giving up just one hit, a run scoring triple by Brandon Guyer. Price had nine strikeouts. The Tigers had won the first two games of the three-game series.
— The Yankees avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 3-0 win. Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter for the Yankees, who have won just three of their last 10 games. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy's previous two starts.
— The Indians weren't able to finish off a three-game sweep of the Twins in Minneapolis. The home team won the final game 4-1 as Phil Hughes out dueled Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur). Hughes allowed just five hits in seven innings while Kluber gave up six in as many innings of work.
— Atlanta blanked Cincinnati 8-0, handing the Reds their sixth straight loss. Julio Teheran went six innings and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter. Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single in a five-run third inning.
Angels' Richards out for year...Angels get Beckham from Chisox...Ex-Tigers pitcher cleared of charge
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for their playoff run.
One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. He's scheduled for surgery next week.
Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto (dih-POH'-toh) says "we'll be open" about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.
In other baseball news:
— The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Beckham has struggled offensively hitting just .221 this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience. He turns 28 on Sept. 16.
— A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place. The 28-year old Reed says he's elated to be cleared of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. He was with the Tigers at the time of the March incident and appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
Dallas linebacker is done
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The playing career of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman is over. Coach Jason Garrett says the second-year player has a neck injury related to a spinal problem. Holloman missed seven games in his rookie season because of a spinal contusion.
Gamecocks rusher may miss opener
COLUMBIA, S.C. (P) — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn't been able to practice this week and might not be ready for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks season opener. Davis has been slowed by several nagging injuries during camp, most recently a rib injury.
The Gamecocks open the season next Thursday night against No. 21 Texas A&M.
Van Pelt takes the lead
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bo Van Pelt has vaulted into the lead late in the first round of The Barclays with a 6-under 65. That's good for a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale.
Top-seed Rory McIlroy had his problems in the opening round, posting a 3-over 74. He entered play on a three-tournament winning streak that included the British Open and PGA Championship.
Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson each shot a 3-under-68 while Phil Mickelson opened with an even-par-71.
LPGA-CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
Ryu has lead
LONDON, Ontario (AP) — South Korea's So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Canadian Women's Open. She holds a one-shot edge over Na Yeon Choi. Anna Nordqvist is two off the lead. Top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot an opening round 1-under-71 along with Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur).
LITTLE LEAGUE-WORLD SERIES
Mo'ne out...Japan moves into international final
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Chicago held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series. Chicago will play Las Vegas in the U.S. title game Saturday.
The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne (MOH'-nay) Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.
Japan will play South Korea in the international championship game on Saturday.
U.S. OPEN-WOMEN'S DRAW
Williams to open with teenager
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams will open up next week's tournament with a match against fellow American Taylor Townsend. The 18-year old Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round of the French Open this year.
Play in the two-week-long U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event of the year, starts Monday.
Isner pulls out of pre-Open event
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Top-seed John Isner (IHZ'-nur) has withdrawn from a quarterfinal match at the Winston-Salem Open with a sprained ankle. Organizers say he injured the ankle in his match Wednesday night.
There's been no word as to Isner's availability for next week's U.S. Open.
Goalie calls it quits
DENVER (AP) — Jean-Sebastien Giguere (zhee-GEHR') has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.
The 37-year old spent last season with Colorado and goes out with 262 NHL wins.
Howard takes time
CHICAGO (AP) — Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. is taking a one-year break from the U.S. National team. The three-time World Cup veteran has asked coach Jurgen (YUR'-gehn) Klinsmann not to consider him for selection to the roster until September 2015. The 35-year old Howard says he wants to spend more time with his family.
UNDATED (AP) — Maya (MY'-uh) Moore has been named the Most Valuable Player of the year in the WNBA. Playing for Minnesota, she led the league in scoring. This is the first MVP award for Moore in her four-year WNBA career.
She averaged a career-best 23.9 points a game and set a league record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games.
In related news, the Seattle Storm have won the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft lottery. And a person close to the situation says Phoenix's Sandy Brondello has won the WNBA coach of the year award.