Raptors even series...Blues reach Cup final...Vintage Verlander...Yanks rip Birds...Dodgers stay hot
TORONTO (AP) _ The NBA’s Eastern Conference finals are tied at two games apiece after Kyle Lowry finished with a team-high 25 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 120-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Norm Powell came off the bench to hit four 3s and score 18 points for Toronto, while Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL’) added 17 points. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who took the last two games after dropping the first two in Milwaukee.
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Blues have advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 49 years by taking Game 6 of the Western Conference final, 5-1 against San Jose. David Perron (peh-RAHN’) had a goal and an assist to back rookie Jordan Binnington, who stopped 25 shots in his team-record 12th win. Perron opened the scoring 92 seconds into the game with help from Ryan O’Reilly, who set up three goals.
HOUSTON (AP) _ Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Verlander improved to 8-1 by allowing one hit and walking one in eight innings for his fourth straight win, losing the no-hitter when Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered in the seventh. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) hit a solo shot to give the Astros home runs in 18 straight games, tying the second-longest streak in franchise history.
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Clint Frazier homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs as the New York Yankees blasted the Orioles, 11-4 in Baltimore. Gary Sánchez contributed a three-run drive for the Yankees, who erased a 6-1 deficit in Monday’s 10-7 win at Baltimore. New York made it easy for Domingo Germán (hehr-MAHN’) to win his sixth consecutive start and increase his major league-leading victory total at 9-1.
St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Clayton Kershaw took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers won for the sixth time in seven games by knocking off the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner wound up allowing two runs, six hits, one walk and had eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Los Angeles has won 15 consecutive regular season games started by Kershaw.