Aug. 13 Sports Briefs

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mariners sweep Astros to pull within 4 games in standings

HOUSTON (AP) — Ryon Healy hit a tying homer with two out in the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger delivered an RBI double in the 10th and the Mariners swept a four-game series from the AL West-leading Astros with a 4-3 win on Sunday. It’s the first time in franchise history that Seattle swept a four-game series from Houston. The third-place Mariners pulled within four games of the Astros. Healy’s solo drive off Hector Rondon made it 3-all. Pinch-hitter Dee Gordon singled against Roberto Osuna (1-1) with one out in the 10th, and the speedster easily scored on Haniger’s double that skipped down the left field line. Zach Duke (5-4) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Edwin Diaz got three outs for his 46th save.

Rockies squander late lead, rally to beat Dodgers 4-3

DENVER (AP) — Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk with two out in the ninth inning, and the Rockies beat the Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday after squandering a late lead. It was the second walk-off win in as many days for Colorado. Ryan McMahon lined a three-run homer in the ninth on Saturday. McMahon was walked intentionally to load the bases for Iannetta, who drew a five-pitch walk off Dylan Floro (4-3). The loss dropped the Dodgers out of a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West. Wade Davis (2-6) pitched a shaky ninth for the win after Colorado failed to protect a 3-0 lead.

Boyd pitches six strong innings to propel Tigers over Twins

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd pitched six strong innings and the Tigers beat the Twins 4-2 on Jack Morris Day on Sunday at Comerica Park. The game started 20 minutes late because of the ceremony to retire Morris’ No. 47 jersey. Morris and longtime teammate Alan Trammell were inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month. Boyd (7-10) won for the third time in four starts, giving up one run and two hits. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 25th save. Kohl Stewart (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut, allowing three runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup for 80th ATP Tour title

TORONTO (AP) — Rafael Nadal won his 80th ATP World Tour title Sunday — and spoiled Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 20th birthday. The top-ranked Nadal beat the unseeded Greek upstart 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory of the year. He has 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The 32-year-old Spanish star also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2008 and Montreal in 2005 and 2013. Nadal later announced that he would skip a Masters tournament in Cincinnati this week to rest and get ready for the U.S. Open.

Top-ranked Halep beats Sloane Stephens in Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep outlasted third-ranked Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 on Sunday to win her second Rogers Cup title. The 26-year-old Romanian star also won the hard-court event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal in 2016 in Montreal. In a rematch of Halep’s French Open final victory, she overcame Stephens in the match that had 15 service breaks. Halep has won her last six meetings with the 25-year-old American. Stephens, preparing for her U.S. Open title defense, is 0-8 against No. 1-ranked players.

US tops Japan 7-6 in Women’s World Softball Championship

MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women’s world softball championship on Sunday. Stewart’s single down the third base line scored the runner from third as the defending champions rallied with three runs in the tenth off Japan starter Yukiko Ueno. Aubree Monroe and Michelle Moultrie also drove in runs in the 10th.

Justin Allgaeir wins NASCAR Xfiinity race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Justin Allgaier passed rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and held on Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric, then held off a challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year. He also won at Dover and Iowa for JR Motorsport. Cindric, the pole-sitter for Team Penske, finished 2.05 seconds back after leading 59 of the 75 laps on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Daniel Hemric was third, followed by Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex. Series leader Christopher Bell was 11th.

Moffitt edges Sauter in Michigan for 4th Trucks win of year

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Brett Moffitt passed Jimmy Sauter just before the finish line Saturday at Michigan International Speedway for his fourth NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season. Moffitt edged Sauter — the leader the previous 12 laps — by 0.025 seconds. John Hunter Nemechek was, Noah Gragson fourth, and Todd Gilliland fifth after leading a race-high 18 laps. Moffitt tied Sauter for the series victory lead.

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