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White Sox Down Red Sox; Cubs, Cardinals Lose Wednesday

>>White Sox Outlast Red Sox

 

Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the ninth inning - his third hit of the game - and Chicago recovered after blowing the lead in the eighth to beat Boston 8-7. Abreu had four RBIs, and Leury Garcia also had three hits for Chicago.

 

James McCann had an RBI single and added a solo home run against Chris Sale as Chicago pounced on the Boston starter for five runs in the first three innings. In all, Sale allowed six hits and a walk, hitting two batters and striking out 10 against his former team.

 

Chicago had leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-4 before the Red Sox scored three in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead and hand White Sox closer Alex Colome (3-1) his first blown save in 17 opportunities. But Matt Barnes (3-3) gave up three straight hits in the top of the ninth - Garcia was caught stealing - including Abreu's 19th homer of the season.

 

Sale, who allowed six of the first seven batters to reach safely, retired the last 10 he faced, striking out the side in the sixth. He avoided the loss when Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single in a three-run eighth inning to make it 7-6 - Boston's only lead of the game.

 

Rafael Devers, who went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night, had three more hits and scored three times for Boston. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and also had an RBI double for the Red Sox.

 

After blowing the save in the eighth, Colome walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the ninth and then retired the next three batters to end it.

 

Leading 6-4 in the eighth, Evan Marshall gave up a one-out single to Eduardo Nunez and a double to pinch-hitter Brock Holt. Colome got Mookie Betts to hit a hard grounder and third baseman Jose Rondon came home with it.

 

Nunez slid in safely head-first. Devers grounded out to the pitcher, but Bogaerts bounced a single up the middle to give Boston a 7-6 lead.

 

The White Sox open a nine-game homestand on Friday night. Martin Perez (7-3) pitches the opener against the Minnesota Twins.

 

>>A's Blank Cardinals

 

Daniel Mengden pitched six scoreless innings and Beau Taylor and Matt Chapman homered to lead the Athletics to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Mengden (2-1) gave up four hits and struck out five for his first win since May 18 at Detroit.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched the seventh, Joakim Soria the eighth and Liam Hendriks got the last three outs for his second save in four chances. Hendriks has not allowed a run in 23 of his last 25 appearances.

 

Oakland got its fifth shutout of the season - first on the road - and first since May 7 against Cincinnati.

 

Adam Wainwright (5-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts.

The Cardinals have not announced a starting pitcher as they face the San Diego Padres and LHP Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.32) Friday night to open a nine-game road trip.

 

>>Braves Down Cubs

 

Dallas Keuchel earned his first win for his new team and Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer Wednesday in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Brian McCann also connected for the Braves, who won a matchup of NL division leaders for the second straight night.

 

Keuchel (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his second start with Atlanta. He remained in the game following a 48-minute rain delay in the fourth.

 

Keuchel induced the Cubs to hit into double plays in each of the first three innings.

 

Four relievers combined to get the final 10 outs and hold the Cubs scoreless. A.J. Minter went 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save. Minter came on with the potential tying runs on base in the eighth and struck out pinch-hitter Victor Caratini.

 

Willson Contreras homered and tripled, and Kris Bryant also connected for the Cubs.

 

Chicago starter Yu Darvish (2-4) had his string of 10 straight no-decisions snapped with the loss. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out eight. He retired the last eight batters he faced after giving up Markakis' three-run drive with one out in the third.

 

The Braves will recall RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA) from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.69) on Thursday. The 21-year-old Wilson lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his last start in the majors at Philadelphia on March 30, giving up four runs and five hits. Chatwood allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings against the Mets last Thursday.

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Vandy Wins College World Series

The Vanderbilt Commodores are college baseball national champions for 2019 after a 8-2 win over Michigan in the decisive Game 3 of the College World Series in Omaha. It's the Commodores' second national title -- the first came in 2014. Vanderbilt also becomes the fourth team in the last five years to win the College World Series after losing Game 1 of the best-of-three finals. 

 

Michigan opened the game with three straight singles and a 1-0 lead, which led to bullpen activity for Vanderbilt before the first out of the game had been recorded. Vandy starter Mason Hickman, though, settled down nicely after some early command-and-control issues. Michigan had been 39-6 when scoring first in 2019 and 4-0 when scoring first during this year's College World Series. 

 

Vandy center fielder Pat DeMarco tied the score in the second, as he hit the Commodores' 100th home run of the season to make it 1-1. 

 

Vanderbilt took the lead for good in the third when Michigan starter Karl Kauffmann issued a bases-loaded walk with two outs. A Stephen Scott single then gave the Commodores a 4-1 lead. One can certainly argue that Kauffmann, laboring badly in the inning, should not have been left in to face the lefty-hitting Scott. 

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Central Illinois Revolution Game Tonight on WHOW

Tonight, the Central Illinois Revolution take on LeRoy at 6 pm.

 

Hear tonight's game on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox Lose Tuesday

>>A's Down Cardinals

 

Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien homered in a six-run fifth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 Tuesday night.

 

Pinder had three hits Sunday to end a 3-for-23 slump, and kept it going against the Cardinals.

Matt Olson also went deep to help Oakland win for the sixth time in eight games.

 

The A's, who had totaled nine runs over their last three games, overcame a 3-1 deficit with the big fifth inning to knock out Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (4-5).

 

Flaherty gave up a season-high seven runs and nine hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three homers to raise his total to nine allowed in five winless June starts. Overall, Flaherty has given up 18 homers in 16 starts this season.

 

Flaherty has given up five leads of two or more runs this season.

 

J.B. Wendelken (1-1) picked up his first MLB victory after spending time with Oakland in parts of three seasons. He got the final two outs of the fourth inning and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth.

 

The Cardinals went ahead with a three-run second. Matt Carpenter tripled with two outs, driving in Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong. He hit a deep fly to center and Ramon Laureano fell down after turning the wrong way on the ball. It landed just in front of the wall and Laureano for Carpenter's second triple this season. He scored on a double by Paul DeJong for a 3-1 lead.

 

Oakland's Chris Bassitt was lifted for a reliever after 3 1/3 innings. It was his shortest stint in his 12 starts this season. He allowed three runs and four hits with four walks.

 

Daniel Mengden (1-1, 5.09) is being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas for his second stint with the A's this season.

 

Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.50) will be making his third career start against Oakland. He won the previous two, going eight innings or more in each game.

 

>>Braves Down Cubs

 

Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. homered, Max Fried tossed six innings of two-hit ball and the Atlanta Braves edged the Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night.

Batting right-handed, Albies lofted a towering two-run shot to right-center field off left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-2) in the seventh for his 12th homer to put Atlanta ahead.

 

The Braves held on to win the second of a four-game series between the NL division leaders.

Albies is hitting .550 (11 for 20) against the Cubs this season, with two homers. In his third season, the 22-year-old from Curacao is clicking at .483 (29 for 60) with four homers and 11 RBIs against Chicago in his career.

 

Fried (9-3) got the win despite a season-high five walks. He struck out eight and allowed two runs in winning his second straight start - and improving to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

 

The 21-year-old Acuna crushed the first pitch of the game from Cubs rookie Adbert Alzolay to the back of the left-field bleachers for his 19th homer.

 

Relievers Sean Newcomb, Anthony Swarzak and Luke Jackson, who threw a perfect ninth for his 12th save, combined to nail down a four-hitter. Newcomb pitched one-plus inning in his first game since being hit in the head by a line drive 10 days ago.

 

Willson Contreras had two RBIs and fellow Venezuelan Alzolay tossed one-run, one-hit ball through 4 2/3 innings in his first major league start.

 

After Acuna launched Alzolay's fastball just short of the left-field video board for a quick 1-0 Atlanta lead, the 24-year-old right-hander retired 12 of the next 13 Braves batters. He was replaced by Montgomery after walking the bases loaded in the fifth and the Cubs leading 2-1.

 

Fried walked three in the second to load the bases with one out, but dodgy Cubs baserunning led to a rally-killing double play.

 

Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 5.40) makes his second start for the Braves and faces Chicago RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.75) on Wednesday night. Keuchel, who signed a one-year, $13 million contract with Atlanta on June 7, labored through five innings and lost in his Braves debut at Washington last Friday. Darvish has no-decisions in his last 10 starts and has yet to win at Wrigley Field as a Cub.

 

>>Red Sox Double Up White Sox

 

David Price struck out nine over six innings Tuesday as the Red Sox and White Sox endured steady rain that surged into a downpour at times, but it was Boston outlasting Chicago 6-3.

Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Rafael Devers went 4-for-4 for Boston, which improved to 44-37 with a victory in their 81st game.

 

The start of the game was delayed 24 minutes because of rain, which continued to fall through the first five innings. Just after the rain temporarily let up, Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson sprained his right ankle on a fielding play.

 

Anderson was carried off the field on the shoulders of manager Rick Renteria and a trainer.

 

The White Sox said the ankle was sprained and X-rays were negative.

 

The rain's effects were apparent throughout the night, leading to funny hops skipping off the wet field and a bat flying into the stands after it slipped out of Boston catcher Christian Vazquez. A fan caught the bat and was not injured. Anderson was clearly hurt, although the White Sox would say later that X-rays were negative and Anderson was out with a sprain.

 

Price (5-2) worked through the conditions for six innings, holding Chicago to three runs on eight hits. Brandon Workman pitched the ninth for his third save.

 

Jose Ruiz (0-1) took the loss after allowing Bogaerts' two-run shot in the fifth, breaking a 3-all tie.

Rafael Devers was 4-for-4 with an RBI for Boston. He led off the fifth with his second double of the game and Bogaerts followed with a drive out to center.

 

Vazquez extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single in the third, tying it at 3-all.

 

Eduardo Nunez drove in a run for Boston with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

 

Carson Fulmer was Chicago's ''opener,'' getting his first start of the season and pitching two innings. Fulmer allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, striking out three.

 

White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.23 ERA) faces Boston lefty Chris Sale (3-7). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Wednesday.

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Vandy Forces Game 3 In College World Series

Freshman Kumar Rocker helped the Vanderbilt Commodores win by a score of 4-1 over Michigan and thus force a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to determine the national championship for 2019. 

 

Rocker went 6 1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball while striking out 11 and walking two thanks to his outstanding fastball-breaking ball combo. He also became just the ninth pitcher in finals history to strike out 10 or more batters in a game. Rocker escaped jams in the fourth -- Michigan stole three bases in the inning but failed to score a run -- and sixth before giving way to relief ace Tyler Brown in the seventh. Despite allowing an inherited runner to score, Brown closed it out with 2 2/3 strong frames

Vandy plated a pair of runs in the fifth on wild pitches, and then catcher Philip Clarke notched the first and only home run of the game.

 

Jordan Nwogu was removed from the game and while exiting the field was unable to put weight on his right leg. Nwogu batted a productive .339/.459/.593 with 14 stolen bases and 23 extra-base hits for the Wolverines this season. Needless to say, he'd be a critical loss if he's unable to play in Game 3. 

 

The decisive Game 3 can be seen on ESPN Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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Cubs Win; White Sox Lose

>>Cubs Down Braves

 

Willson Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Monday in a chippy matchup of NL division leaders.

 

Jason Heyward added a solo homer for Chicago, which moved one game ahead of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Lester (7-5) allowed two unearned runs and struck out seven.

 

The Cubs strung together five straight hits in a five-run fifth inning to break the game open. Kyle Schwarber doubled into the ivy to score Carlos Gonzalez. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Contreras followed with RBIs.

 

Tempers flared in the second inning when Contreras homered to right, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Contreras turned to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers after the ball left his bat, and while rounding first base, gestured toward Atlanta's dugout and thumped his chest.

 

Julio Teheran (5-6) was roughed up for the second consecutive start. He allowed six runs in four innings last Tuesday against the Mets.

 

Nick Markakis drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning. Swanson hit a towering solo homer in the seventh.

 

Atlanta lost for the sixth time in 20 games.

 

Max Fried (8-3, 4.03 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday. Fried allowed one hit in six shutout innings against the Cubs on April 4.

 

Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his first big-league start Tuesday. He tossed four innings in relief Thursday against the Mets.

 

>>Red Sox Walk Off White Sox

 

Marco Hernandez beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night.

Andrew Benintendi led off the ninth with a double. J.D. Martinez struck out and Rafael Devers grounded out to first to move Benintendi to third. Fry then intentionally walked Xander Bogaerts, bringing up Bradley Jr. Bogaerts stole second uncontested, prompting Chicago to intentionally walk Bradley to load the bases for Hernandez. He grounded the ball to the hole and beat shortstop Tim Anderson's throw.

 

It was the second straight walk-off victory at home for Boston, which has won nine of 12.

 

Brandon Workman (7-1) got one out in the eighth, to pick up the victory. Jace Fry (1-3) took the loss for Chicago, which has lost six out of eight.

 

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up five runs off six hits, including two home runs over 6 1/3 innings.

 

Chicago's Lucas Giolito, who is looking to become the first White Sox All-Star pitcher since Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in 2016, allowed three runs off six hits, struck out seven and walked four over 5 2/3 innings.

 

Yoan Moncada had a two-run home run and Jose Abreu added a two-out, solo home run for the White Sox.

 

Carson Fulmer (1-1, 6.35 ERA) was named the starter Tuesday.

 

David Price will make his fifth start of the month. Since returning from the injured list on May 20 he is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA.

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Michigan Blows By Vandy in College World Series Game 1

The College World Series championship round began Monday night, with the Michigan Wolverines knocking off the favorite Vanderbilt Commodores, 7-4. The Wolverines lead the best-of-3 series 1-0, with Game 2 scheduled for Tuesday night.

 

Michigan received a strong performance from junior southpaw Tommy Henry, who held the Commodores to four runs on seven hits and a walk across 8 1/3 innings. Henry generated 16 swinging strikes on 110 pitches, resulting in eight strikeouts. Henry did yield a home run to J.J. Bleday, which represented the 27th of the year for the Division I home-run leader:

 

Sophomore right-hander Jeff Criswell, whose three saves entering Monday all came during the NCAA tournament, later closed out the game. 

 

While Henry and Criswell kept Vanderbilt's lineup in check, his teammates jumped on the Commodores. Michigan scored two runs in each of the first two innings against Drake Fellows. Every Wolverine starter reached base at least once, with six of the nine getting on board at least twice. 

 

Michigan will look to clinch their first national title since 1962 tonight.

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Giannis MVP, Doncic Rookie of the Year

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo took home MVP besting the Houston Rockets star and defending champion James Harden, as well as Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Paul George. 

 

Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic is the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year, beating out Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton. 

 

Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists during his rookie campaign, was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie First Team. Along the way, he won multiple Rookie of the Month awards, became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double and joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tyreke Evans as the only rookies in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. 

 

Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks was the Coach of the Year.

 

Budenholzer, whose Bucks finished with the league's best overall record in his first season in Milwaukee, was followed by Doc Rivers, who led the Clippers to a playoff spot with a roster short on top-tier talent, and Michael Malone, who took the Nuggets from outside of the playoff picture to the second seed in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. 

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Cubs Win; Cardinals, Sox Lose Sunday

>>Cubs Rally Past Mets

 

Javier Baez cracked the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Alonso to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday.

 

Alonso hit his 27th home run in the fourth, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

 

With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead, Baez launched his 19th homer of the season with Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo on base and one out. Baez sent an 0-2 pitch from Seth Lugo (3-1) halfway up the right field bleachers.

 

Steve Cishek (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win in relief of Cole Hamels. Pedro Strop tossed a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

 

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out nine and walked none.

 

DeGrom also drove in a run with a single.

 

Alonso connected in his 77th game while Strawberry hit 26 in 133 games in 1983. The Mets' record for homers in a season is 41, shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

 

Alonso is nearing Mark McGwire's major league record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break, 33 set in 1987.

 

Tomas Nido also homered for the Mets.

 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at Newsday reporter Tim Healey, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after the game.

 

Reporters asked repeatedly after the game about Callaway's decision to stick with Lugo instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. After the press conference, Callaway walked past Healey in the clubhouse. Healey told Callaway he would ''see you tomorrow,'' and Callaway responded by calling Healey an obscenity. Callaway walked away and then returned, cursing at Healey again and telling him to leave the clubhouse.

 

Vargas then stared down Healey and eventually tried to charge him. Players stepped in to restrain the veteran left-hander.

 

No punches were thrown, and Healey left the clubhouse moments later.

 

Jon Lester (6-5, 4.13) takes the mound on Monday against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40) as Chicago opens a four-game series against the NL East-leading Braves.

 

>>Rangers Down White Sox

 

Shawn Kelley knew the Rangers bullpen was a little short-handed, so he volunteered for some extra work and shut down a late White Sox rally with his first four-out save in three years, and Texas beat Chicago 7-4 Sunday.

Kelley struck out Tim Anderson to strand runners at second and third in the eighth after the White Sox had scored three runs to pull to 5-4. He pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save, preserving the win for rookie Adrian Sampson (6-4).

 

Tim Federowicz and Danny Santana hit two-out, two-run homers in the second inning to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. They took two of three from the White Sox and have either won or split eight straight series.

 

Sampson, who earned his first major league win on May 17, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. He gave up the run on three straight singles to begin the fifth inning, Eloy Jimenez scoring on an opposite-field hit by Anderson. Sampson retired the next three batters without allowing the ball out of the infield.

 

Ivan Nova (3-6) gave up three earned runs in six innings for Chicago. Nova is 0-2 in his last six starts.

 

Lucas Giolito (10-2, 2.74) will open the three-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. Giolito shares the American League lead in wins but allowed a season-high six earned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs last Wednesday, his first loss in 12 starts.

 

>>Cardinals Rally Falls Short Against Angels

 

Albert Pujols capped off a stirring three-day return to St. Louis by exchanging jerseys with long-time friend and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina following the Angels' 6-4 win on Sunday.

Pujols met with Molina, his long-time friend, after the game. The two autographed and then exchanged jerseys on the field.

 

The 39-year-old Pujols was 4 for 11 over the three-game set, including a home run during a 4-2 loss Saturday. He spent 11 years in St. Louis and won three MVP awards and two World Series (2006, 2011) with the Cardinals.

 

Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher drove in two runs apiece, and Tyler Skaggs tossed five shutout innings for the Angels. Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak and finished a long road trip with a 6-5 mark.

 

The Cardinals rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth, sparked by Jose Martinez's solo homer. Angels closer Hansel Robles came on to get the final out in a non-save situation.

 

La Stella had run-scoring hits in the second and sixth innings to back a strong effort from Skaggs and five other relievers.

 

Skaggs (7-6) allowed four hits over five scoreless innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

 

St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (5-8) gave up one run and seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two.

 

The Cardinals struggled with runners in scoring position over the first eight innings before coming up big in the ninth.

 

Jack Flaherty (4-4, 4.24) will take on Oakland RHP Chris Bassitt (4-3, 3.64) in the first of a two-game set on Tuesday.

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Alzolay's strong debut, 6-run 3rd lead Cubs over Mets 7-4

Adbert Alzolay, the Cubs' top pitching prospect, tossed four innings of dazzling relief in his debut and the offense broke through with a six-run third as Chicago quickly rallied for a 7-4 victory over the New York Mets.

 

Javier Baez homered and tripled, and Anthony Rizzo had a two-run double as the NL Central leaders improved to 26-12 at Wrigley Field.

 

Rookie slugger Pete Alonso hit his 25th homer and Todd Frazier connected for the 200th of his career, but the Mets dropped to 15-26 on the road. Before the game, they fired pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez.

 

Alonso tied Dodgers star Cody Bellinger (2017) for most homers by an NL rookie before the All-Star break. Alonso also is one shy of the Mets' rookie mark set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

 

Alzolay (1-0) replaced starter Tyler Chatwood to begin the fifth. The right-hander struck out five and didn't allow a hit until Frazier's leadoff homer in the ninth. Alzolay was replaced after walking the next batter.

 

He was recalled before the game from Triple-A Iowa, where he went 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts this season. Alzolay had 46 strikeouts in 32 innings with a WHIP of 0.94.

 

Steve Cishek got three outs for his seventh save.

 

New York spot starter Walker Lockett (0-1) retired his first six batters and had a 3-0 lead when he took the mound in the third following Alonso's two-run shot. But things quickly fell apart for the 25-year-old right-hander, who made his Mets debut in place of injured Noah Syndergaard.

 

Carlos Gonzalez led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Chatwood. Daniel Descalso followed with an RBI single. Kyle Schwarber walked and Kris Bryant hit a bloop to right that fell in for a run-scoring single. With runners on the corners, Rizzo doubled down the right field line to score both and give Chicago a 4-2 lead.

 

The Cubs weren't done. Baez tripled to center to score Rizzo. After Lockett was yanked, Baez scored on a wild pitch by Brooks Pounders to make it 6-3.

 

Baez hit his 18th homer in the seventh.

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Riddle's homer in 11th lifts Marlins over Cardinals, 7-6

JT Riddle hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, Zac Gallen was effective in his major league debut and Miami beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Thursday night.

 

Brian Anderson also went deep and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who earned a split of the four-game series.

 

Riddle connected off Andrew Miller (3-3) with one out for a 7-5 lead.

 

Rookie infielder Tommy Edman homered for the Cardinals, who rallied from 4-1 and 5-3 deficits to tie it.

 

On deck, Albert Pujols returns Friday for his first game in St. Louis since leaving to sign a $240 million contract with the Angels before the 2012 season.

 

The slugger won three NL MVP awards and made nine All-Star teams with the Cardinals, leading them to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. He is sixth on the career list with 645 home runs.

 

Jarlin Garcia (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief, and Sergio Romo closed for his 13th save in 14 chances. He gave up a two-out RBI double to Yadier Molina, but ended the game by picking off pitcher Jack Flaherty at second base.

 

Flaherty was pinch-running for Molina.

 

Edman tied it 5-all with a two-run homer off Tayron Guerrero in the eighth. It was Edman's first career round-tripper and it came in his 10th at-bat.

 

Gallen gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.

 

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in his return from the injured list. The veteran right-hander, who strained his left hamstring running the bases June 9, struck out six and walked one.

 

Anderson hit a solo homer off John Brebbia in the eighth to push Miami's lead to 5-3. It was his ninth of the season. Anderson also broke a 1-all tie with an RBI double off the glove of third baseman Matt Carpenter in the sixth.

 

Miguel Rojas gave the Marlins a 4-1 advantage when he knocked in a run with an infield single in the seventh.

 

St. Louis trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom half when Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI double and scored on Marcell Ozuna's single.
 

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Cubs Beat White Sox; Cardinals Walk Off Marlins

>>Contreras Powers Cubs Past White Sox

 

Willson Contreras homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Chicago Cubs handed Lucas Giolito his first loss since April by downing the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.

 

David Bote also connected to help the Cubs bounce back from a tough loss to their crosstown rivals in their first meeting of the season. Jon Lester (6-5) allowed two more homers, but worked into the sixth inning to improve to 3-1 in June.

 

Contreras had his sixth career multihomer game on the third anniversary of his first plate appearance in the majors, a pinch-hit drive for a two-run shot against Pittsburgh. He also cut down speedy Tim Anderson trying to steal third after he led off the fifth with a double.

 

Trying for his ninth win in a row, Giolito (10-2) showed flashes of the dominant stuff that put him in the mix to start next month's All-Star Game in Cleveland. He struck out Kris Bryant three times and fanned Kyle Schwarber twice on a rainy, windy and unseasonably cold night at Wrigley Field.

But Giolito had all sorts of trouble against Contreras.

 

The Cubs loaded the bases in the first on Schwarber's leadoff double and a pair of walks, and Contreras drove a 1-2 changeup into the basket in left field for his third career grand slam . The fiery Contreras yelled and motioned to the crowd as he rounded the bases after his 14th homer.

 

Contreras batted again with two outs in the third and sent a solo shot into the bleachers in left, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead. He walked in the fifth.

 

Giolito allowed six runs and seven hits, struck out nine and walked three in his first loss since April 6 against Seattle. The 6-foot-6 right-hander went 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his previous 11 starts.

 

Leury Garcia homered on Lester's first pitch, and James McCann also went deep for the White Sox.

Yoan Moncada's RBI double trimmed the Cubs' lead to 5-3 in the fourth. The White Sox had a chance for more with runners on second and third, but Lester struck out Giolito and retired Garcia to end the inning.

 

Lester allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. He has given up seven homers in his last three starts.

 

Top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay will join the team Thursday in case it needs innings behind Tyler Chatwood, who is making his second start of the season.

 

White Sox catcher Zack Collins made his major league debut in the ninth. He walked as a pinch-hitter.

 

Following an off day, Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.31 ERA) starts Friday night at Texas. Lopez is 1-3 with an 8.88 ERA in his last five outings. RHP Ariel Jurado (4-3, 4.23 ERA) pitches for the Rangers in the opener of the weekend set.

 

Chatwood (3-1, 3.60 ERA) gets the ball Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Mets. He is stepping in for Kyle Hendricks, who is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. RHP Walker Lockett pitches for New York in his Mets debut.

 

>>Goldschmidt Sends Cardinals Over Marlins

 

Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Dexter Fowler had an RBI single in the sixth for the Cardinals, who won for the seventh time in 11 games. Miguel Rojas tied it with a single in the eighth off reliever Carlos Martinez.

 

After beginning the game on the bench, Goldschmidt entered at first base in the ninth. Two innings later, he launched a 453-foot drive on a changeup from Adam Conley (1-7) for his fifth career walk-off home run.

 

St. Louis loaded the bases with none out in the 10th, but Sergio Romo escaped for Miami. He struck out Harrison Bader and got Marcell Ozuna to ground into an 8-4-3 double play started by center fielder JT Riddle as part of a five-man infield.

 

Cardinals starter Daniel Ponce de Leon gave up two hits over six shutout innings and was in line to earn his first major league win before Rojas' single tied it.

 

Ponce de Leon struck out six and walked one in the longest of his three starts this season. It was the first time the right-hander did not allow a run in nine career starts.

 

John Gant (7-0) got the win with a perfect inning.

 

Miami has lost three of four.

 

Rangel Ravelo started in Goldschmidt's spot at first base and got his first major league hit in the sixth.

 

Zac Gallen makes his major league debut Thursday night in St. Louis against his former organization. The 23-year-old righty was 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA at Triple-A, striking out 112 in 91 1/3 innings. He was traded by the Cardinals to Miami in the deal for Ozuna after the 2017 season.

 

The Cardinals plan to reinstate veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.46 ERA) from the injured list in the finale of a four-game series. Wainwright strained his left hamstring running the bases June 9. He has two shutouts in 11 career starts against Miami.

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Tampa's Kucherov Wins NHL MVP; Blues' Binnington Rookie of the Year Runner-Up

The NHL's award show was held in Las Vegas with a large collection of the game's top players past and present on hand for the festivities.

 

The big winner at this year's event was Nikita Kucherov, who took home three awards (the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Art Ross Trophy) after a spectacular season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Elias Pettersson took home the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie. The Vancouver Canucks winger was nearly a slam dunk to take home the award, leading all rookies with 28 goals and 66 points despite playing in 71 games. He only scored two goals in the final two months of the season but he was electric enough in the first half to essentially lock up the honor before the All-Star break.

 

Pettersson beat out Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin for ROY honors.

 

Aleksander Barkov took home the Lady Byng, which is awarded to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The Panthers captain led the club with a franchise-record 96 points (35-61-96) while only picking up eight penalty minutes over 82 games.

 

Barkov edged out Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan and St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O'Reilly for the award.

 

O'Reilly did secure his first Frank J. Selke as the league's best defensive forward. He led all Blues forwards in goal share (59 percent), plus-minus (+22) and average ice time per game (20:46). He also led the NHL in faceoff wins (1,086) for the second straight season, joining Boston's Patrice Bergeron as the only player to win more than 1,000 faceoffs in four straight seasons since the stat was introduced in 1997.

 

The New York Islanders goalie took home the Masterton Trophy as the "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey." It was almost a no-brainer.

 

After signing a one-year deal with the New York Islanders last offseason, Lehner revealed an intense battle with substance abuse and bipolar disorder that almost derailed his life and career. He got help, opened up about his fight, and then all he did was submit the best season of his career, winning 25 games with a .930 save percentage and 2.13 goals-against average. It was enough to earn him a Vezina nomination as well.

 

Barry Trotz earns the Jack Adams as the league's top coach in his first season with the Islanders. Trotz led a stunning turnaround on Long Island that saw the Islanders make a 23-point improvement from last season, going from the league's worst defensive team to the best in terms of goals allowed. 

 

The award also comes a year after Trotz led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

 

Vezina Vasilevskiy secures his first Vezina as the league's top goaltender following the best season of his three-year run as starter in Tampa. The 24-year-old Russian netminder won 39 games with the Bolts, posting a save percentage of .925 with a goals-against average of 2.40. The win comes after Vasilevskiy finished third in Vezina voting last season.

 

Nashville Predators forward Wayne Simmonds received the Messier Award, which is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey."

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Cardinals Blank Marlins

>>Cardinals Blank Marlins

 

Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter homered to back a strong outing by Miles Mikolas and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

 

Mikolas (5-7) snapped a career-high losing streak of five straight decisions. He had not won a game since May 6 against Philadelphia. In making his team-leading 15th start and second straight against the Marlins, Mikolas went six innings. He scattered six hits and struck out four.

 

It was the 13th time the Marlins have been shut out in their 45 losses this season.

 

Miami's Elieser Hernandez (0-2) was making his second start of the season, both against St. Louis. He gave up five hits while striking out six in six innings to take the loss.

 

St. Louis has won four of its last five games and six of its last eight. Miami has lost nine of its last 11 games.

 

Carpenter, who went 3-for-4, hit his 10th home run with one out in the third for a 1-0 St. Louis lead.

In the fifth with two outs, Carpenter beat the shift by laying down a sharp bunt toward third. Hernandez ambled after it and a hustling Carpenter turned it into a double.

 

Fowler hit a three-run homer in the eighth with two outs. The home run, his third in the last four games, scored Carpenter and DeJong. Fowler's homer gave him one against each team in the National League in his career.

 

Jordan Yamamoto (1-0, 0.00) will be making his second career start. In his MLB debut June 12 in Miami against St. Louis, he allowed just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. The Marlins won 9-0. He had never appeared above Double-A before his recall.

 

Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.28) set a career high with six runs allowed in his only career appearance against Miami on June 6, 2018. In his last outing, Flaherty came away with a no-decision in the Cardinals' come-from-behind rain suspended 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Mets.

 

>>Mike Trout Passes Joe DiMaggio on All-Time HR List

 

The Angels were in Toronto on Monday night to face the Blue Jays and Mike Trout cranked his 20th home run of the 2019 season.

 

Those 20 homers have come in just 69 games this season. The Angels' superstar is now batting .293/.459/.634. He entered this one with an MLB-leading OBP and an AL-leading OPS+, and that's of course in addition to running the bases well and being a plus fielder in center.

 

As for that 20th home run, it ties him with Tim Salmon for the most 20-homer seasons in Angels franchise history (eight). 

 

Trout has now tied Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, and Giancarlo Stanton for the most 20-homer season before age 28 in MLB history.

 

Trout added a 2-run double Monday and now has 546 career extra base hits. That passes Joe Dimaggio for the 5th most by a player in American League history before turning 28.

 

Only 4 to have had more by this criteria: Jimmie Foxx (638 between 1925-35), Alex Rodriguez (617 from 1994-2003), Ken Griffey Jr. (579 from 1989-97) & Lou Gehrig (553 from 1923-31). 

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Monticello's Alek Bundy Shriners Football Game Defensive MVP

Monticello's Alek Bundy's 102-yard pick six highlighted a 36-26 East win in the annual Illinois Coaches Association Shrine Football Game on Saturday at Tucci Stadium at Illinois Wesleyan University.

 

Bundy's pick-six put the East ahead 21-20. 

 

Monticello's Braden Snyder also scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run. 

 

Bundy's pick-six was enough to lock up the defensive player of the game. 

 

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Cardinals Win Sunday; Cubs, White Sox Lose

>>Cardinals Down Mets

 

Paul DeJong tagged the Mets for a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning Sunday, sending St. Louis Cardinals over New York 4-3.

 

The young shortstop is 30 for 83 (.361) with nine homers and 10 doubles over 20 career games against the Mets. He has connected for five homers in his last five games at Citi Field. 

 

Paul Goldschmidt hit a prodigious home run off the facade of the second deck and scored twice for St. Louis, which went 5-5 on its season-long 10-game road trip.

 

Robinson Cano returned from the injured list and doubled and scored a run, and Dominic Smith had two hits in his first career start in the leadoff spot for New York, which is 5-5 over its last 10 games.

 

Mets starter Jason Vargas exited in the fourth inning with a cramp in his left calf. He fouled a ball off his foot and was pulled during the at-bat. He allowed three runs over four innings, matching the number of runs he'd allowed over his previous 22 innings.

 

Andrew Miller (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory and Carlos Martinez went two innings for his second save.

 

Pinch-hitter Todd Frazier reached far over the plate and, with one hand, blooped an opposite-field single to right with one out in the Mets ninth. Frazier shared a quick laugh at first base with Martinez, who then got pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to ground into a game-ending double play.

 

Dakota Hudson struggled early, falling behind eight of the first 12 batters, but rebounded to keep St. Louis in the game, allowing three runs over six innings. The Cardinals have won each of his last six starts.

 

Miles Mikolas (4-7, 4.83 ERA) opposes Miami's RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-1, 5.87 ERA) to open a four-game series at home. Mikolas is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts vs. NL East opponents, but 1-5 with a 6.15 ERA in nine starts against all other divisions.

 

>>Yankees Pound White Sox

 

James Paxton pitched six effective innings, Brett Gardner and Austin Romine each had four RBIs and New York cruised past the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Sunday.

Gardner and Romine, the backup catcher behind Gary Sanchez, each drove in two runs with singles in New York's five-run third. Cameron Maybin added a solo shot in the seventh as the Yankees homered for the 19th straight game, and pulled away to win their second straight and gain a split of the four-game series.

 

Paxton (4-3) allowed eight hits and allowed two runs for his first win since April 26. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one after being roughed up by the Mets for six runs in 2 2/3 innings last Tuesday.

 

Jose Abreu lined a solo shot among three hits and James McCann homered and had two RBIs as the White Sox slipped two games under .500.

 

Chicago's Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2) allowed seven runs and nine hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings in his second career start.

 

Yoan Moncada returned to the lineup at third base after missing four games with upper back tightness, but the condition flared up and he was replaced by Jose Rondon in the fifth.

 

Ivan Nova (3-5, 6.28) faces Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.98) on Tuesday night in the first of a two-game crosstown series at Wrigley Field. Hamels has not allowed an earned run over 22 innings in his past three starts.

 

>>Dodgers Hold Off Cubs

 

Kenley Jensen earned his 21st save the hard way, and Los Angeles rallied to beat Chicago 3-2 Sunday night.

Jansen allowed Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer on Saturday that gave the Cubs a 2-1 victory.

Jansen gave up a leadoff single to Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jason Heyward to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber grounded out, moving Almora to third and Heyward to second.

 

Pinch-hitter Victor Caratini bounced a short grounder to the right side, and Jansen fielded and fired home to get Almora at the plate for the second out.

 

With Heyward at third, Javier Baez flied out to center and Verdugo made a running catch to preserve the win, diving onto his stomach shortly after the ball fell into his glove.

 

Russell Martin singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Alex Verdugo made a game-saving catch for the final out to help the NL West-leading Dodgers take three of four.

 

The series featured 13 home runs and 18 of 24 runs scored on homers. Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd homer in front of his parents on Father's Day.

 

Ross Stripling (3-2) got the victory with one inning of relief.

 

The Cubs led 2-1 in the sixth on Contreras' RBI single and David Bote's sacrifice fly.

 

Chicago fell to 3-10 in its last 13 road games.

 

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two unearned runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without allowing a walk.

 

Chicago starter Jose Quintana gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked three.

 

The Cubs are off Monday, their first such break since May 30. LHP Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.98 ERA) starts Tuesday against the White Sox.

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Gary Woodland Holds Off Brooks Koepka for First Major Win at US Open

Gary Woodland held off charges from former champions Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka and fired a tremendous final-round 69 to win the 119th U.S. Open. The victory is Woodland's first major championship and comes after he held both the 36-hole and 54-hole leads in the tournament. 

 

Those looking for drama on Sunday afternoon didn't get it as Woodland not only avoided bogeys on his final six holes but carded two birdies, including a 30-foot putt on 18 that was the perfect capstone to his tournament and moved him to 13-under par, one stroke better than Tiger Woods' score of 12-under from 2000. Woodland's four bogeys over the course of this year's U.S. Open tie for the fewest at the event in the last 50 years.

 

Prior to Sunday's win at Pebble Beach, Woodland -- a three-time winner on the PGA Tour -- was actually 0 for 7 attempting to convert 54-hole leads into wins. He also held the 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship in 2018 at Bellerive en route to Koepka's win and played his final round that year with Tiger Woods as he thrilled the crowd with a 64 on Sunday. Those experiences allowed Woodland to grow more familiar with championship-level golf in pressure situations, and it no doubt helped him deliver when it was needed on Sunday at Pebble Beach. 

 

Two shots down the stretch defined Woodland's calm under pressure. The first came at the par-5 14th as Woodland took aim at the pin from 265 yards out on his second shot to set up a birdie that would extend the lead. 

 

The next came after a miss from the tee at the par-3 17th. Woodland had to chip the ball from just off the green to a tight spot on the other side of the hourglass green complex. He delivered with a perfect shot to save par and keep his championship effort alive. 

 

The next came after a miss from the tee at the par-3 17th. Woodland had to chip the ball from just off the green to a tight spot on the other side of the hourglass green complex. He delivered with a perfect shot to save par and keep his championship effort alive. 

 

Three birdies in his first four holes set Koepka up to chase down Woodland and claim a third-straight U.S. Open title. But opportunities were presented and missed by Koepka throughout the round with multiple birdie looks coming up short during his final nine holes.

 

Rory McIlroy had an overall disappointing final round where he wasn't able to capitalize on one of his best U.S. Open starts, but his birdie at 18 put him in the top-10 for the 11th time in 2019. 

 

Woods needed a flurry of birdies late in his round to shoot a 2-under 69 and finish the championship under par. Despite the horrendous start with four bogeys on his first six holes, Woods still shot his best round of the championship and lowest on a Sunday at the U.S. Open since 2009. Now he'll take some time off and may not see him again until Royal Portrush for The Open Championship in July. 

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Sox Win; Cubs Lose; Cardinals Game Suspended

>>Dodgers Power Past Cubs

 

Cody Bellinger hit a pair of home runs, Max Muncy and David Freese each added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

 

The leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, Bellinger is batting .358 with 22 homers and 57 RBIs.

The slugger ended his skid at the plate in a loss at the Angels earlier this week. Now he's back home, where Bellinger has 14 homers and has hit safely in 28 of 32 games.

 

The NL West-leading Dodgers rallied from a 3-0 deficit after Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant hit leadoff homers against Clayton Kershaw in the early innings.

 

The Cubs arrived in Los Angeles having just ended a five-game road skid, but they've lost eight of 10 away from home. The loss dropped them a game behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who were idle.

 

Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, gave up three homers. Kershaw, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two.

 

Kershaw (6-1) yielded three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Julio Urias earned his third save with three scoreless innings of relief.

 

Lester (5-5) gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00 ERA) has been strong over his last three starts. He has a 2.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts and two walks in that span.

 

Rich Hill (3-1, 2.40) has averaged 10.80 strikeouts per nine innings and held Cubs batters to a .167 average in two career games. He has no record or ERA in those games.

 

>>White Sox Hold Off Yankees

 

Leury Garcia hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Adam Ottavino in the seventh inning, lifting Chicago to a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

Garcia looked at two called strikes from Ottavino before battling back and sending the 11th pitch he saw over the wall in right-center for his fourth homer.

 

Tim Anderson also connected during Chicago's fourth win in five games, and four relievers combined for 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. Batting in the top two slots in the lineup, Garcia and Anderson combined for four hits and five RBIs.

 

Evan Marshall (2-0) got three outs for the win, and Aaron Bummer worked the ninth for his first career save after regular closer Alex Colome threw a season-high 39 pitches in Tuesday's 7-5 victory over Washington. Marshall hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 appearances this year.

 

Brett Gardner homered for the Yankees, who have dropped seven of 10. Clint Frazier finished with three hits.

 

Yoan Moncada was held out for the second straight game after leaving Monday's loss to Washington because of upper back tightness. He said he might be able to return this weekend.

 

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (9-1, 2.28 ERA) goes for his eighth straight win when he faces Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.96 ERA) on Friday night. Giolito is 8-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 starts since his only loss of the season April 6 against Seattle. Sabathia has dropped his last two starts, but is 19-7 with a 3.67 ERA versus Chicago for his career.

 

>>Mets, Cardinals Suspended in Ninth Inning

 

The series opener between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets was suspended because of showers Thursday night, moments after Harrison Bader hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth inning that made it 4-all.

Play will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m. beginning in the bottom of the ninth, with Carlos Martinez set to pitch for the Cardinals. That will be followed by the regularly scheduled game between the teams.

 

St. Louis scored twice in the ninth off All-Star closer Edwin Diaz to tie it, capping a strange sequence that saw umpires reverse their call and order the tarp off the field right after it had been rolled out.

 

Kolten Wong hit an RBI single off the left field wall with two outs against Diaz, then scored when Bader doubled into the corner. Wong managed to keep his footing on the soaked dirt as he rounded third, helped when shortstop Amed Rosario had trouble handling the wet ball on a weak relay.

Bader was thrown out after he slipped and fell between second and third.

 

The field was covered after that, and the suspension was announced 50 minutes later.

 

DeGrom pitched seven efficient innings. 

 

Bader doubled in the St. Louis third, stole third and scored with two outs when Matt Carpenter hit an easy grounder to an empty spot on the left side of the infield.

 

Michael Conforto connected for a two-run homer off Jack Flaherty, the Mets' team-record 17th straight home game with a long ball. Paul DeJong went deep for St. Louis.

 

In the regularly scheduled game, RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 1.80 ERA) starts in place of injured Adam Wainwright (hamstring).

 

Steven Matz (5-4, 3.88) is 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA in three career starts vs. St. Louis.

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Rose Atop Leader Board, Fowler Close Behind at US Open

After a week of predicting tough play and high scores, Pebble Beach was about as friendly as anyone could expect for a U.S. Open. Anyone who wasn't able to reach red numbers is going to feel a sense of urgency going into Friday's second round, as the leaderboard is packed with 39 golfers under par and five at 5-under or better.  

 

Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen all dropped 66's in the morning wave, setting the pace and letting everyone know that it was a day for scoring. The greens were soft and receptive, and the wind never reached a speed that penalizing or terribly impactful, contributing to a record-setting 17 eagles in the round. 

 

But that score was bested during the final hour of play as Justin Rose finished off a round of 65 that tied Tiger Woods' record for low score at a Pebble Beach-hosted U.S. Open. Woods' 65 contributed to his record-setting 15-stroke win in 2000 where no one else finished under par. Based on the way things went on Thursday, it's highly unlikely that Rose will be the only one under par at the of Sunday's final round.

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Raptors Beat Depleted Warriors for NBA Title

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country's first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages.

 

Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn't have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP for a second time, then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard's two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.

 

Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and departed with 30 points.

 

Fred VanVleet rescued the Raptors down the stretch with his dazzling shooting from deep to score 22 points with five 3s off the bench, while Leonard wound up with 22 points. Kyle Lowry scored the game's first eight points and finished with 26 in all to go with 10 assists and seven rebounds.

 

Golden State already was down two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who had surgery Wednesday for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Then, the Warriors lost Thompson - and they couldn't overcome just one more heartbreaking injury.

 

This thrilling back-and-forth game featured 18 lead changes, nine ties and neither team going ahead by more than nine points.

 

Curry scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 17 and went 3 of 11 on 3s. Iguodala added 22 for his biggest game this postseason as the Warriors did everything until the very last moment to leave a lasting legacy at Oracle.

 

Thompson provided his own dramatic memory. He injured his knee when fouled by Danny Green on a drive at the 2:22 mark of the third, was helped off the court and walked partially down a tunnel toward the locker room, then - shockingly - re-emerged to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19. He didn't return and left the arena on crutches, and the Warriors announced that an MRI had confirmed the torn ACL.

 

Leonard scored 732 points this postseason and on Thursday passed Allen Iverson (723) for fourth place and Hakeem Olajuwon (725) for third on the NBA's single-postseason scoring list. 

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Blues Win Stanley Cup

Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game Wednesday night to lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory over Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and their first NHL championship.

 

O'Reilly added an assist, Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis, which had the worst record in the league in early January but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games.

 

Behind Binnington, the Blues eliminated the Jets in six games, the Stars in seven and then knocked out the Sharks in six to reach the final for the first time since 1970. 

 

In a physical series that left Bruins captain Zdeno Chara with a broken jaw and saw two Blues suspended for head hits, the teams took turns winning the first three games, with Binnington getting pulled from a 7-2 loss in Game 3. St. Louis won the next two to move one win from the title, but Boston erupted for five goals in Game 6 on Sunday to force the series to the limit.

 

Boston had home-ice advantage, along with a huge edge in Stanley Cup and Game 7 experience: Five Bruins remained from the team that beat Vancouver in seven to win the franchise's sixth title in 2011, then returned to the final two years later.

 

But it was the rookie Binnington - not the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask - who took a shutout into the final minutes Wednesday. The Blues were never really in danger after scoring twice in the final few minutes of the first period.

 

The Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from O'Reilly and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was scoreless, then Schenn made it 3-0 with 8:35 to play and Sanford put it out of reach before the Bruins spoiled Binnington's bid for a shutout.

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Cubs Win, Cardinals Lose Thursday

>>Cubs Rout Rockies

 

Hamels struck out nine in seven scoreless innings, singled twice and drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Colorado Rockies 10-1 in a testy game on Wednesday.

 

It was the third straight start Hamels went at least seven innings and didn't allow an earned run, but his performance was overshadowed by tensions between the teams that likely contributed to four batters getting hit by pitches.

 

Nolan Arenado departed in the fifth inning with a left forearm contusion after Hamels (6-2) plunked him in the third, and three more batters - including Hamels - were hit by pitches later in the game.

Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber homered for Chicago, which snapped a five-game road losing streak. Colorado's 10-game home winning streak ended.

 

Arenado looked toward the mound after he was hit by Hamels' pitch, and he said something to the Chicago dugout before walking to first base. He was later forced out at second and played the field in the fourth, throwing out Addison Russell to start the inning. Ryan McMahon replaced him in the top of the fifth.

 

X-rays on his arm were negative.

 

Chicago scored five times in the second off Antonio Sentenzela (5-5). Jason Heyward had a two-run single and Schwarber hit a three-run homer to the second deck in right-center, his 14th. Sentenzela lasted to the fifth inning when he gave up three more runs, two on a single by Hamels.

 

Hamels got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and breezed from there, allowing six hits. David Dahl had three of Colorado's hits.

 

Jon Lester (5-4, 3.56 ERA) will face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener of a four-game series at Los Angeles on Thursday night.

 

>>Marlins Blank Cardinals

 

Jordan Yamamoto did it all Wednesday, earning an RBI and pitching seven innings to win his major league debut, and the Marlins broke a six-game losing streak by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0.

Garrett Cooper hit a grand slam and finished a double shy of the cycle. That was more than enough support for Yamamoto, acquired last year in the Christian Yelich trade.

 

The 23-year-old Hawaiian right-hander limited St. Louis to three hits and two walks.

 

Cooper also tripled and scored in the first inning, and singled in the fifth. He struck out in the seventh and eighth.

 

Yamamoto's bunt in the sixth made it 6-0, and Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth. 

 

Miles Mikolas gave up five runs in five innings and lost his fifth decision in a row. He went 18-4 last season.

 

Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08) is scheduled to start Thursday to begin a four-game series at the New York Mets.

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US Open Tees Off Today

When the U.S. Open week began on Monday, it was buddies Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka tied at the top as the co-favorites to take the victory at Pebble Beach this weekend. 

 

With the annual major set to actually kick off with Round 1 on Thursday, oddsmakers have now given the slight edge to Johnson (7-1) to come away with the prize over Koepka (8-1), who's fresh off the fourth major championship of his career last month at the PGA Championship. 

 

Right behind Johnson and Kopeka, the latter of whom is looking to win his unfathomable third straight U.S. Open, is Tiger Woods, the man everyone will be paying attention to as he looks to claim major victory No. 16 of his career. Woods is tied at 10-1 odds with another notable name in Rory McIlroy, while Jordan Spieth is next in line in the field at 16-1. 

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Blues, Bruins - Game 7 Tonight

The city of Boston has celebrated more than its fair share of sports championships in recent years, but never before has it played host to Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final.

 

That will change after Wednesday, when the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in the winner-take-all showdown. The matchup marks the 17th time the finals have gone seven games, with the home team winning 12 of the previous instances.

 

The Bruins are looking to capture their seventh NHL championship, having last hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011. The Blues seek their first after entering the series 0-12 between three previous trips to the finals.

 

St. Louis had a chance to close things out at home in Game 6 on Sunday, but Boston, invigorated by a pregame speech from Bergeron, dominated the contest from the start, ultimately winning 5-1.

 

Bergeron's top line also got going in the game, with wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each registering a goal and an assist. The trio was off to a slow start early in the series, paving the way for players such as Charlie Coyle (three goals in the finals) and Sean Kuraly (five points) to carry the offense.

 

The Blues, conversely, are still looking for more from some of their biggest offensive threats. Jaden Schwartz, the team's leading goal-scorer in the playoffs with 12, has yet to find net this series, while Vladimir Tarasenko has gone without a point the last two games.

 

On the power play is where the Blues could use the biggest boost. While Boston is 7 of 21 with the man advantage in the finals, St. Louis is 1 of 18, its only marker coming in Game 3.

 

Coming back from last place in the NHL as recently as Jan. 2, the Blues continue to hitch their wagon to rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. The 25-year-old allowed four goals on 31 shots in Game 6 but is 7-2 following a loss this postseason.

 

On the other side, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask appears to be the front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots Sunday and has a 1.93 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage this postseason.

 

The Blues will get forward Ivan Barbashev back after he was suspended for Game 6 following an illegal check in Game 5. Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) practiced in a non-contact jersey Tuesday and is likely to be a game-time decision Wednesday night.

 

A Game 7 victory for Boston would be the city's 13th championship across the four major North American sports since 2000. Both the MLB's Boston Red Sox and NFL's New England Patriots have won in the past year.

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Cardinals, White Sox Win Tuesday; Cubs Lose

>>Cardinals Shut Down Marlins

 

Dakota Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits and one run, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during one stretch for the Cardinals, who handed the Miami Marlins their sixth consecutive defeat, 7-1, and have won Hudson's past five starts.

 

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned after missing 11 games because of a strained right thumb and went 2 for 5 with a single and double.

 

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna made a fine catch with two on in the fourth, and punctuated the victory with a ninth-inning homer , his 18th. He has a career average of .452 (14 for 31) against his former team.

 

The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles.

 

Elieser Hernandez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first start of the year, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

 

Kolten Wong had two of the Cardinals' 13 hits and reached base four times, and teammate Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a triple and a bases-loaded walk. Dexter Fowler had an RBI single in the seventh and then scored from first on Jose Martinez's pinch-hit two-run single.

 

Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.54) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday when the Cardinals try for a sweep. He started twice against the Marlins last year and won both games.

 

Jordan Yamamoto, acquired in the Christian Yelich trade in January 2018, is expected to be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his major league debut as Urena's replacement. Yamamoto is 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts for Jacksonville.

 

>>White Sox Outlast Nationals

 

Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and Jimenez homered at home for the first time, powering the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Castillo got his second career slam, with the other coming June 14, 2017, in the same ballpark when he played for the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Jimenez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs. He drove a 1-1 pitch from Washington starter Patrick Corbin (5-5) over the batter's eye in center and onto the concourse for an estimated distance of 462 feet. The 22-year-old came into the game hitting .266 with no homers and three RBIs in 18 home games and .205 with eight homers and 14 RBIs in 23 road games.

 

Jimenez also made a nice sliding catch on a liner to left in the eighth to help thwart a Nationals comeback attempt.

 

Anthony Rendon homered twice for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game winning streak.

Corbin allowed seven runs on six hits in five innings in losing his third straight start.

 

Alex Colome got the final five outs - working out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth - for his 14th save in 14 chances.

 

Ivan Nova (3-5, 6.28 ERA) takes the mound Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home series against the Yankees. LHP J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.48) pitches for New York.

 

>>Rockies Slam Cubs

 

Peter Lambert went five strong innings to lock up Chicago for a second time in five days as the Colorado Rockies won their 10th straight at home by beating the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.

Lambert (2-0) allowed one run and three hits in his Coors Field debut. The right-hander made his first major league start last Thursday at Wrigley Field and earned his first win when he pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

 

Daniel Murphy led the Rockies offense with three hits, including a two-run double in the first. Charlie Blackmon added a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth to break open the game.

 

Chicago lefty Jose Quintana (4-6) allowed four runs, three earned, over 4 2/3 innings. He also took the loss in Lambert's debut.

 

The Cubs have now dropped five straight on the road. They're now 13-18 away from home.

Cubs lefty Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.24 ERA) will start the series finale Wednesday. The Rockies will throw right-hander Antonio Senzatela (5-4, 4.95).

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