Update on the latest sports
Aug. 12, 2018
McMahon leads Rockies again
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers remain tied atop the NL West, but the Colorado Rockies are just 1 ½ games off the lead.
Ryan McMahon was the Rockies' hero for the second straight night as he slammed a three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth to complete a 3-2 win against the Dodgers. Los Angeles was two outs away from a 2-0 shutout until Trevor Story doubled and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) was hit by a pitch. JT Chargois (shahr-ZHWAH') retired the next batter before McMahon went deep to end it, one day he supplied the go-ahead, two-run blast in the eighth.
The Dodgers' bullpen wasted a strong performance by Walker Buehler, who four-hit the Rockies over seven scoreless innings.
Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) smacked a solo homer for Los Angeles.
Arizona also lost as pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhardt delivered a go-ahead, two-run double while the Reds scored five times in the eighth to double up the Diamondbacks, 6-3. Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) followed with RBI singles to cap Cincinnati's rally after David Peralta's solo blast put Arizona ahead in the top of the eighth. Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer for the DBacks.
Checking out Saturday's other major league action:
— Ryan Zimmerman homered twice off Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs as the Nationals whipped the Cubs, 9-4. Zimmerman is batting .355 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month. Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits in support of Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk), who allowed two runs and nine hits over 7 2/3s.
— Chicago's lead in the NL Central is down to two games after second-place Milwaukee scored three times in the eighth to beat the Braves, 4-2 in Atlanta. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) furnished a go-ahead, two-run double and Erik Kratz added an RBI single later in the eighth. The Brewers stormed back after Julio Teheran held them to one run and two hits over six innings.
— Aaron Nola improved to 13-3 and the Phillies took a one-game lead over the Braves in the NL East by silencing the Padres, 5-1. Nola scattered four hits over six scoreless innings to get his first victory since July 9. Maikel (MY'-kehl) Franco and Cesar Hernandez belted solo homers for the Phils.
— Jose Martinez and Harrison Bader belted two-run homers and Jack Flaherty tossed three-hit ball over seven innings of the Cardinals' fourth straight win, an 8-3 thumping of the Royals. Martinez also had an RBI single in a four-run third that put St. Louis ahead to stay. Flaherty blanked Kansas City until Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar launched a two-run homer in the fifth.
— David Price and Jackie Bradley Jr. were the stars as the Red Sox took the opener of their doubleheader with the Orioles, 5-0 at Camden Yards. Price struck out 10 while holding the Birds to five hits over six innings. Bradley belted a pair of solo homers and Eduardo Nunez opened the scoring with a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Xander Bogaerts (BOH'-gahrts) had three hits and scored twice for the Red Sox.
— The Red Sox completed a sweep of the twinbill as J.D. Martinez ripped his major league-leading 36th and 37th home runs in a 6-4 decision over the Birds. Martinez hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the eighth for the Sox, whose lead in the AL East is up to 9 ½ games over the Yankees. Joey Rickard and Trey Mancini went deep in Baltimore's major league-leading 83rd loss.
— Rookie Miguel Andujar (an-DOO'-hahr) hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 5-3 victory over Texas. Giancarlo Stanton slammed his 29th home run and newcomer Lance Lynn struck out eight while limiting the Rangers to one run over five innings. But the game hung in the balance until Aroldis Chapman struck out Jurrickson Profar (PROH'-fahr) with the bases loaded under a steady downpour in the Bronx.
— The Mariners beat the Astros for the second straight night by scoring three times in the fourth inning of a 3-2 victory at Houston. Kyle Seager lined an RBI double and scored on Chris Herrmann's triple before Ryon Healy singled home the tiebreaking run. Wade LeBlanc is 7-2 after holding the AL West leaders to a pair of second-inning runs and three this over five frames.
— Marcus Semien homered twice and the Athletics climbed within 3 ½ games of the division-leading Astros by crushing the Angels, 7-0. Semien crushed a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the fourth. Khris Davis slammed his team-leading 34th home run to support Edwin Jackson, who gave up just three hits over 7 1/3 innings.
— Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez slammed back-to-back solo homers in the sixth inning to give the Indians a two-run lead in a 3-1 verdict over the White Sox. Trevor Bauer improved to 12-6 and lowered his ERA to 2.22 by yielding just one run and two hits while fanning eight over 6 1/3 innings. Cleveland continues to lead the AL Central by 11 games over Minnesota.
— The Twins were 4-3 winners at Detroit as Kyle Gibson gave up one run and seven hits over seven frames. Tyler Austin smacked a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut to snap a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. Niko Goodrum belted a two-run homer in the ninth before the Tigers completed their seventh loss in eight games.
— Trevor Williams was reached for only five hits over seven innings of the Pirates' 4-0 shutout of the Giants. Josh Bell socked a three-run homer in the fourth to cap the scoring. Pittsburgh sits four games back for the second NL wild-card spot.
— Tampa Bay is 7-1 versus the Blue Jays this season after Willy Adames (ah-DAH'-mehs) had two hits and drove in the deciding run in the Rays' 3-1 victory at Toronto. Joey Wendle doubled home the game's first run in the opening inning and six Rays pitchers combined on a five-hitter. Aledmys (ah-LEHD'-mees) Diaz homered in the Jays' fifth loss in six games.
— The Marlins climbed out of a 3-0 hole and eventually beat the Mets, 4-3 on Bryan Holaday's walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. Martin Prado's (PRAH'-dohz) two-run single in the fourth sparked Miami's comeback after Todd Frazier poked a three-run double in the top of the inning.
Ohtani has bullpen session
UNDATED (AP) — Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani (SHOH'-hay oh-TAH'-nee) threw 23 pitches in a light bullpen session on Saturday, mixing in fastballs, sliders and curveballs. It was the first time he had thrown off a mound since he last pitched in a game, on June 6.
It's uncertain whether the two-way player will pitch again in the majors this season after being sidelined by a sprained right elbow.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) was held out of Saturday night's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a right shoulder strain. Arenado was lifted from Friday night's game in the fifth inning after it became too painful to use his right arm to throw the ball. The Rockies remain hopeful the injury won't result in a trip to the disabled list, although he was able to pinch-hit in the ninth inning Saturday.
— The Indians are awaiting exam results of Edwin Encarnacion's (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHNZ') left biceps before determining whether the slugger will be placed on the disabled list. Encarnacion left Friday's game against the White Sox in Chicago and was examined Saturday in Cleveland. He is third on the team with 25 home runs and second with 81 RBIs.
Koepka 2 up on Scott through 54 holes
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kuh) is threatening to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.
Koepka will carry a two-stroke lead over Adam Scott into Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. He followed Friday's tournament record-tying 63 with a 4-under 66 that leaves him 12 under for the tournament.
Scott has carded back-to-back 65s to move into contention at minus-10.
Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland are three strokes back. Woodland entered the third round with a one-shot lead before shooting a 1-over 71.
Tiger Woods is another shot back, in a six-way tie for sixth.
AP source: Maryland places strength coach on leave
UNDATED (AP) — The fallout continues in College Park following the death of University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
Maryland athletic director Damon Evans says head football coach DJ Durkin is being placed on leave while the school reviews allegations of "unacceptable behavior by members of our football staff."
The move comes a day after an ESPN story that quoted unidentified players, former players and former Durkin staff members accusing Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court of verbally abusing and humiliating players.
Earlier Saturday, a person who had been briefed on the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Court had been placed on leave by the school.
The moves come as the school continues its investigation into the death of McNair, who was hospitalized after a team workout on May 29 and died on June 13.
In other college football news:
— Southern Mississippi has suspended quarterback Kwadra Griggs for an undisclosed reason. The school says the indefinite suspension will remain "pending resolution of a student conduct matter." The senior played in 10 games last season, throwing for 1,879 yards, 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Chiefs put Gordon on IR, sign Officer to take his place
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have placed offensive lineman Dillon Gordon on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, while running back Charcandrick West returned to the practice field following a concussion.
Kansas City signed offensive lineman Alex Officer on Saturday to take Gordon's place.
In other NFL news:
— The Rams have placed backup cornerback Kevin Peterson on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed defensive tackle Lord Hyeamand. Peterson was injured in Thusday's preseason-opening loss to the Ravens following a strong start to training camp. The former undrafted free agent played in six games for the Rams last season and emerged as a solid depth player in his second NFL season.
— Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the regular season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Pierre-Louis was arrested and charged in January with several misdemeanors, including possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Kansas City.
— The Titans have added two defensive backs and dropped two others after their preseason opener. Tennessee announced Saturday they agreed to terms with Kenneth Durden and Trey Caldwell and waived cornerbacks Joseph Este and Jarell Carter. Durdan and Caldwell were practice squad players last season, although Caldwell did play one game for the Browns.
US qualifies for Olympics with Japan win at softball worlds
MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — The United States has qualified for the softball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Japan beat Canada 3-0 at the women's world softball championship on Sunday.
By losing to Japan, Canada finishes third in the tournament that doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan plays the U.S. later Sunday in the championship game.
The winner of the tournament will be awarded an Olympic spot. If Japan wins, the second-place finisher will get the Olympic spot because Japan has an automatic berth as host.
Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Beijing Games but have been restored for 2020.