WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and earned his first victory since May 28 to help the Washington Nationals defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 to secure a four-game split. Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for his first victory since May 28.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley's ninth-inning single has given the Cleveland Indians a 5-4 win over Minnesota. This is Cleveland's second straight walk-off victory against the Twins. Brantley grounded a 2-1 pitch off Addison Reed (1-6) past a diving Miguel Sano at first base to score Greg Allen. A day earlier, Francisco Lindor's three-run homer in the ninth sent Cleveland to a 5-2 victory.

DENVER (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated right-hander Ross Stripling from the 10-day disabled list and he will start against the Colorado Rockies. Stripling missed the last nine games with an inflamed right toe. The All-Star will be making his 17th start of the season. He has an 8-3 record with a 2.68 ERA.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rickie Fowler took the first step toward celebrating his own major championship Thursday. Three times a runner-up in golf's biggest events, Fowler ran off five birdies over his final 11 holes at Bellerive and opened with a 5-under 65, giving him a two-shot lead among the morning side of the draw in the PGA Championship.

ALBUWUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says a decision to cut four sports at the University of New Mexico violated the state's open meetings law and could be invalid. The Albuquerque Journal reports Hector Balderas' office is calling on the university's Board of Regents to repeat the meeting with proper notice and a full explanation of matters to be discussed. The regents' vote included the elimination of men's soccer, men's and women's skiing and women's beach volleyball.