Homers Were in the Baseball Headlines
Game-winning home runs were flying out of major league parks on Sunday. To wit:
Rookie Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam and closer Fernando Rodney survived a chaotic ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and the surging Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-3 victory.
Daniel Palka hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox completed their first three-game sweep in a year by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7.
Nick Markakis hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves, helped by pitcher Julio Teheran’s first big league homer, rallied to beat the New York Mets 5-4.
Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3. Ramirez’s home run was his 33rd of the season.
Evan Longoria’s solo home run in the eighth inning led the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kenny Perry wins 3M
Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour’s 3M Open.
Also the 2014 and 2015 winner at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin’s tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills.
Andrew Putnam won the Barracuda Championship for his first PGA Tour title, holding off Chad Campbell by four points in the modified Stableford scoring event.
Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr. in a scintillating finish.
It was Elliott’s first career win, in his 99th Cup start, and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports. It also assured Elliott a spot in the playoffs.