July 13 Sports Briefs

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pinch hitters come through in clutch in Colorado win

DENVER (AP) — Gerardo Parra and Raimel Tapia had pinch-hit RBI singles in Colorado’s three-run sixth inning as the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 5-1. Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, and Kyle Freeland pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning. Scott Oberg (3-0) got two outs for the win. Colorado was coming off a 19-2 victory Wednesday night, but it trailed 1-0 before its rally in the sixth. Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray (3-2) hit Carlos Gonzalez and walked Chris Iannetta with one out before he was replaced by Silvino Bracho, who was called up before the game. Parra then hit a tying single to right, and Tapia followed with another single off Andrew Chafin.

Pujols smacks 2 HRs to tie Griffey, beat Mariners 11-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit two home runs Thursday to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on the career list with 630, and Los Angeles romped over Seattle 11-2. Tyler Skaggs pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list. Pujols hit a two-run shot in the first and a solo drive in the sixth. He also had three hits to pass ex-Angel Rod Carew and move into a tie for 25th all-time with Rickey Henderson at 3,055. It was the 50th multihomer game for Pujols, who went back-to-back with Justin Upton in the sixth. David Fletcher also homered in the first off Mariners starter James Paxton, who left the game with lower back stiffness after Pujols connected for the first time. Paxton (8-4) threw just 17 pitches in his final start of the first half. Skaggs (7-5), who missed nine games with a hamstring strain, gave up one run and five hits with five strikeouts. The left-hander has allowed one earned run or less in six consecutive outings, the longest such streak from an Angels starter since George Brunet in 1968.

Marlins kick Papa John to curb over racist remark

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have suspended their business relationship with Papa John’s after the company’s chairman of the board apologized for using a racial slur and resigned. In a statement Thursday, the Marlins said “derogatory and insensitive comments” by John Schnatter weren’t reflective of the values of the baseball franchise. Papa John’s announced late Wednesday that Schnatter had resigned. Forbes said Schnatter used the N-word during a media training exercise in May. A Marlins promotion with Papa John’s had offered discounted pizza.

Mickelson says he’ll take his lumps for whacking moving ball

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson says he wishes he could take back the moment when he swatted a moving golf ball at the U.S. Open. He says all he can do now is try to act a little better. Mickelson spoke after opening with an even-par 70 in the Scottish Open. He has apologized previously for his actions in the U.S. Open, where he ran after a putt and hit it back toward the hole as it was rolling off the 13th green. Mickelson was penalized two shots and later said he did it on purpose. Mickelson says whatever backlash he suffers from other players and fans is his own fault.

NFL: Police responded to disputes at McCoy’s house

ATLANTA (AP) — Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home invasion. Police responded early Tuesday to a report of a violent attack at a home in Milton, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. A lawyer for Delicia Cordon says Cordon was hurt when a man tried to take bracelets from her wrist and hit her in the face with a gun. McCoy had twice initiated eviction proceedings against Cordon, last month and in July 2017. Reports released Thursday said officers responded to domestic disputes at the home on July 3, 2017, and April 11 this year. No violence was reported either time.

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