Sept. 5 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Segura, Gordon tangle in clubhouse before Seattle loss

SEATTLE (AP) — A rough day for the Seattle Mariners that began with a clubhouse brawl ended with Baltimore rookie Renato Nunez and the Orioles rallying to win 5-3 Tuesday.

Mariners shortstop Jean Segura and teammate Dee Gordon tangled, while catcher Mike Zunino and others tried to break it up. The skirmish occurred four hours before the game at Safeco Field. Moments after Gordon politely asked reporters to leave the locker room, the double doors burst open with players shoving and shouting.

Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc pitched six shutout innings, but the Orioles got five hits off three relievers in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead.

Colorado beats Giants 6-2, leads West by a half game

DENVER (AP) — Ryan McMahon had a pinch-hit home run and Carlos Gonzalez tripled with the bases loaded during a five-run seventh inning that carried Colorado past San Francisco 6-2 on Tuesday.

David Dahl also homered and Charlie Blackmon had three hits for the Rockies, who lead the NL West in September or October for the first time since 1995. It was the fourth straight loss for the Giants, who also have dropped six in a row to Colorado.

Rockies starter German Marquez struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings. Gorkys Hernandez snapped a 1-all tie with a homer in the seventh for the Giants. Chris Rusin (2-2) got the win.

Sano carted off field as Twins lose to Astros 5-2 in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and Houston to its fourth straight win.

Verlander (14-9) yielded one run and three hits over seven innings. Roberto Osuna got his 13th save. Gurriel’s homer capped a four-run first off Trevor May (3-1).

Minnesota designated hitter Miguel Sano was carted off the field in the second after injuring his surgically repaired left leg sliding into second base. He is listed as day-to-day.

US Open: Nadal closes out No.  9 Dominic Thiem at 2 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal began his U.S. Open quarterfinal as poorly as possible, shut out in a set by a 6-0 score for only the fourth time in 282 Grand Slam matches.

On the previous three such occasions, he’d lost. On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took 4 hours, 49 minutes and never did get easy for him.

The defending champion and No. 1 seed at Flushing Meadows recovered from his disastrous start to beat No. 9 Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) for a semifinal berth, winning a physical, back-and-forth tussle that stretched across and concluded after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Nadal was two points from losing at 5-all in the closing tiebreaker, but he finished with fewer total points, 171-166.

When it ended, on an overhead by Thiem that sailed long, Nadal climbed over net to hug his opponent and whisper words of encouragement.

On Friday, Nadal will take on a familiar foe with a berth in the final on the line: 2009 champion and No. 3 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated No. 11 John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. During that earlier quarterfinal, Isner doubled over and rested his elbows on his knees. He looked as if he wanted to be anywhere but where he was: falling further and further behind in energy-robbing heat.

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