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June 11, 2017


Rockies clobber Cubs for 7th straight win

UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Rockies own their longest winning streak in six years after beating the defending World Series champs for the third straight day.

Mark Reynolds slammed his 17th home run while going 4-for-5 with two RBIs as the Rockies thumped the Cubs, 9-1 in Chicago. Charlie Blackmon also homered and scored three times to help the Rockies earn their seventh straight win.

Nolan Arenado capped the scoring with a three-run double in the ninth, part of Colorado’s 14-hit attack.

Jeff Hoffman improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.33 by holding the slumping Cubs to a run and four hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings. Hoffman blanked Chicago until the seventh.

The Rockies improved to a National League-best 41-23 and sent the Cubs to their fourth consecutive loss.

Chicago is one game under .500.

The American League’s top team also won as Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) worked a season-high 7 1/3 innings to pitch Houston past the Angels, 3-1. Brian McCann hit a solo homer to back Fiers, who gave up an unearned run on two hits with eight strikeouts.

The Astros dropped three of their previous four before improving to a major league-best 44-19.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Rangers scored twice in the ninth before Robinson Chirinos smacked a three-run homer in the 11th to beat the Nationals, 6-3 in Washington. Chirinos came close to hitting a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth, but right fielder Bryce Harper nailed the runner at the plate to keep it a 3-3 tie. The Nats led 3-1 until Shin-Soo Choo led off the ninth with a homer off Koda Glover.

— The Twins got homers from Brian Dozier and Kennys (KEH’-nees) Vargas in a 3-2 verdict over the Giants in San Francisco. Dozier’s two-run shot broke a 1-1 deadlock in the fifth. Jose Berrios improved to 5-1 by allowing two runs while fanning eight over 5 1/3 innings as the Al Central leaders moved 2 ½ games ahead of second-place Cleveland.

— David Holmberg earned his first major league win in two years by holding the Indians to two runs over five innings of the Chicago White Sox’s 5-3 victory at Cleveland. Jose Abreu was 3-for-5 with an RBI single after leaving Friday’s game with a left knee injury. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) homered for the second straight day and Carlos Santana added a solo shot for the Indians.

— Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nihs SEHS’-peh-dehs) launched a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Mets breathing room in a 6-1 triumph over Atlanta. Cespedes was playing for the first time since landing on the disabled list six weeks ago. Robert Gsellman (guh-ZEHL’-mehn) scattered three hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings to help the Mets take the opener of the doubleheader.

— The Mets also celebrated the return of Steven Matz, who tossed five-hit ball over seven innings in his season debut to lead an 8-1 pounding of the Braves in the nightcap. Jay Bruce slammed a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores had four hits to finish 6-for-9 in the sweep. T.J. Rivera had a two-run homer in the eighth and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares added a two-run single in the ninth.

— The Cardinals won their second straight since a seven-game skid as Carlos Martinez went the distance on a four-hitter in a 7-0 rout of Philadelphia. Martinez struck out 11 in his first career complete game. Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) and Matt Carpenter laced two-run doubles before Gyorko added a sacrifice fly to finish with three RBIs.

— Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez homered while the Royals erupted for nine runs in the eighth inning of a 12-6 win at San Diego. Cain homered twice, including a grand slam during Kansas City’s big rally. Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar also went deep for the Royals, who homered five times for the first time in 14 years.

— The Rays earned their fourth straight win by beating Oakland, 6-5 on Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham drove in two runs apiece to help Tampa Bay win the opener of the majors’ first regularly-scheduled doubleheader since 2011.

— The A’s earned a split of the twinbill as Sean Manaea won his fifth straight start in a 7-2 win over the Rays. Josh Phegley, Ryon Healy and Chad Pinder homered in support of Manaea, who allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings. Rays Game 2 starter Matt Andriese lasted one inning before departing with a groin strain.

— The Pirates put together a 16-hit attack but needed a three-run eighth to pull out a 7-6 win against the Marlins. Miami led 6-4 until Jordy Mercer hit a two-run triple and scored on John Jaso’s (JAY’-sohz) double. Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton is day to day after being hit by a pitch on the wrist in the first inning.


Chapman has first simulated game since shoulder injury

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis (ah-ROHL’-dihs) Chapman struck out three and walked one in one inning during his first simulated game since going on the 10-day disabled list in mid-May because of a left shoulder injury.

Chapman threw 18 pitches against minor leaguers Saturday at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Florida. He hopes to return to the Yanks in the next week.

In other MLB news:

— Masahiro Tanaka’s (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kahz) next scheduled start has been pushed back one day as the Yankees attempt to get their struggling ace back on track. Manager Joe Girardi says Tanaka will pitch Monday night in Anaheim rather than Sunday at home against AL East-rival Baltimore. That gives the right-hander five days between outings, a routine to which he’s more accustomed.

— Houston ace Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) won’t begin throwing again for about a week as he recovers from neck discomfort that has landed him on the disabled list twice this season. Keuchel was scratched from his start on Wednesday at Kansas City and placed on the 10-day DL a day later. It’s the same problem that put him on the disabled list earlier and caused him to miss one start.


Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

PARIS (AP) — Jelena Ostapenko has completed her successful yet highly unexpected charge to a French Open title.

The 20-year-old Latvian had never won any tour-level event before rallying for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over third seed Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) at Roland Garros. The 47th-ranked Ostapenko did it despite trailing 4-6, 0-3 against a former French Open runner-up.

She is the first unseeded woman since 1933 to win the tournament.

Michael Venus of New Zealand and Ryan Harrison of the United States won the men’s doubles final by knocking off American Donald Young and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3.


Injured Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon, grass circuit

UNDATED (AP) — Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Wimbledon qualifying because of an injured left thigh suffered at the Italian Open last month.

Sharapova received a wild-card entry for the event at Birmingham and was supposed to enter qualifying for Wimbledon.

The former No. 1 player recently returned from a 15-month doping ban.


Tapwrit wins Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) — Tapwrit is the winner of the Belmont Stakes.

Tapwrit overtook favorite Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the third jewel of the Triple Crown by two lengths. He finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness before giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third Belmont victory.

Tapwrit completed the 1 ½-mile race in 2:30.02 with Jose Ortiz aboard.


3-way tie at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello has moved into a three-way tie for the lead through three rounds of the PGA’s St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Cabrera Bello fired a 5-under 65 to catch up to Stewart Cink (sink) and Ben Crane at minus-9. The 33-year-old Spaniard has won four international tournaments but is seeking his first on the PGA Tour.

Crane shot a 68 and Cink carded a 69 on the Southwind course.


Thompson leads in Canada

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario (AP) — Lexi Thompson owns a one-shot lead over Lindy Duncan through three rounds of the LPGA Classic in Ontario.

Thompson is 17 under following her 5-under 67 on Saturday.

In Gee Chun is two shots back and one ahead of Alena Sharp and Ariya Jutanugarn.


Jobe, Day to share lead entering final round in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brandt Jobe and Glen Day are co-leaders through two rounds of the 54-hole PGA Tour Champions event in Iowa.

Jobe shot a 6-under 66 for an 11-under total at the Wakonda Club.

Kevin Sutherland is two strokes back after beginning the round tied for the lead with Day and Bernard Langer, who is seeking his third straight win. Langer shot a 71 to drop to 7 under.


Health of Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis still in question

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The health of Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis is in question after he couldn’t finish Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final at Pittsburgh.

The Predators are offering no clues at all on his status on Sunday night against the Penguins.

Ellis did not skate Saturday, though several Predators did not take the ice in an optional practice. Ellis missed most of the second and third periods in Thursday night’s 6-0 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins can win their second consecutive Stanley Cup by beating the Predators Sunday.

In other NHL news:

— A person with knowledge of the situation says the Florida Panthers have offered their coaching job to San Jose assistant coach Bob Boughner (BOOg’-nur). Boughner would become the 15th coach in Panthers history, and the fifth since 2011.

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