June 11 Sports Briefs

Monday, June 11, 2018

Scott Dixon leads last 119 laps for IndyCar win at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon led the last 119 laps at Texas on Saturday night, winning for the second weekend in a row and breaking a tie for the third-most career wins in Indy-car history. Dixon got for his 43rd career victory, a week after winning the first of two races at Detroit to match Michael Andretti. Dixon trails only A.J. Foyt’s 67 wins and Mario Andretti’s 52. After taking the lead on the 1 1/2-mile Texas oval, he never gave it up. It was Dixon’s third victory at Texas. Before separate late incidents involving Will Power and Ed Carpenter, the top two finishers at the Indianapolis 500, Dixon was close to lapping the field. IndyCar said Power and Carpenter both would be penalized for avoidable contact. Power held the points lead coming into the race, but Dixon took over that with his 4.3-second win over Simon Pagenaud. Alexander Rossi finished third, with James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top five.

Dillon wins rain-shortened Xfinity race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Austin Dillon has won the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. The race was delayed around three hours at the start because of the weather, and there had been a threat of more rain for a while before the race was finally called after 91 of the planned 125 laps. Dillon and Daniel Hemric battled for the lead on a restart on the 89th lap, but the race went under caution again almost immediately because of the weather. It was the ninth career Xfinity victory for Dillon, and the first in 2018 for this year’s Daytona 500 winner. Qualifying earlier in the day was canceled because of the weather. Kyle Busch started the race at the front based on owner points.

Sauter wins at Texas for 4th NASCAR Truck victory

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Johnny Sauter held off Stewart Friesen at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night for his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and 21st overall. Sauter matched his season high for victories. The 40-year-old Wisconsin driver has won six of his last 11 races at the 1 1/2-mile Texas oval, finished in the top three in 10 of the last 12 and has five wins in 20 starts at the track. “The pit crew was flawless, as always,” Sauter said. Friesen, who finished 14th in points as a rookie last season, earned his second career top-two finish. Justin Haley, a 19-year-old, finished third to match the best finish of his career. Rookie Todd Gilliland led for 62 of the 167 laps and finished sixth.

Haniger guns out runner at home to preserve Mariners’ win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Sunday for their 17th win in 22 games. Field tried to score from first on a two-out, bloop single by Carlos Gomez. James Paxton struck out 10 and Kyle Seager hit a goahead home run for Seattle. Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners, who took three of four from Tampa Bay. Paxton (6-1) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. Edwin Diaz got defensive help from Haniger to post his 23rd save. Seager gave Seattle a 5-3 lead on his seventh-inning drive off Jose Alvarado (0-3). Tampa Bay, which stopped an eightgame skid Saturday, got a homer from C.J. Cron.

Jake Cave leads Minnesota to 7-5 win over LA Angels

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave had a career-high three hits, including a home run, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 on Sunday. Eduardo Escobar doubled twice to take over the major league lead with 26 and the Minnesota bullpen threw 3 2/3 shutout innings before a two-run single by Albert Pujols in the ninth. Los Angeles had the go-ahead run at the plate against closer Fernando Rodney, but Zack Cozart popped out. Fernando Romero (3-2) had control issues from the outset, but managed to complete five innings to win for the first time in six starts. He allowed five hits and struck out five while throwing 94 pitches. Romero also hit two batters and threw two wild pitches. Los Angeles starter Nick Tropeano (3-4) struggled for the second consecutive outing, allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Arizona Diamondbacks batter Colorado Rockies 8-3

DENVER (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt doubled and tripled and had two RBIs to finish off a dominating series and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned an 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Ketel Marte led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season and added an RBI single in a threerun sixth. The single ended his streak of 10 straight hits for extra bases for Marte. Kyle Freeland (6-6) allowed four runs and struck out eight in six innings for Colorado. The Rockies have lost seven straight at home for the first time since April 23 to May 10, 2016. Colorado scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning on Ian Desmond’s two-run single that chased Zack Godley (6-5). Godley allowed two runs and five hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

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