Sunday, August 21
Ray fans 13, yields 1 hit in 7 innings as D-backs top Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out a career-high 13 and gave up just one hit in seven innings, pitching the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Diego Padres 2-1 Saturday night.
There were only seven total hits in the game, four by Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored two unearned runs, helped by a pair of throwing errors by pitcher Clayton Richard (0-3).
Ray (7-11) featured a fastball in the upper 90s mph. He overpowered the Padres until the fifth inning when Patrick Kivlehan, called up from Triple-A El Paso before the game, launched a 451-foot home run for his first major league hit.
Arizona used four relievers to close it out. Daniel Hudson induced three infield popups to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth and Enrique Burgos earned his first save of the season.
USA women win gold, topping Spain 101-72
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.
The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.
The Phoenix Mercury star Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.
Even with that kind of sustained success by some very talented U.S. teams, this may be the best women's basketball squad ever assembled. The team won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged.
Rams slip past Chiefs 21-20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Todd Gurley rushed for a touchdown in his preseason debut, and the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 21-20 on Saturday night.
Gurley, who was held out of exhibition games last season as a rookie while recovering from a torn ACL, rushed for 20 yards on four carries and scored on a 3-yard run.
With the Chiefs (0-2) holding out four defensive starters, including safety Eric Berry and linebacker Josh Mauga, the starting offensive line played four series and allowed Rams running backs Gurley, Benny Cunningham and Malcolm Brown to rush for 85 yards on 15 carries.
Case Keenum started at quarterback and led the Rams (2-0) to two touchdowns, going 4 of 5 for 53 yards with an 11-yard scoring pass to Pharoh Cooper before giving way to rookie Jared Goff.
The first overall draft pick mostly struggled for the second consecutive week despite working with the first-unit offensive line for two series. Goff lost a fumble after tripping over left guard Cody Wichmann and fumbled out of bounds while being sacked.
Goff's first touchdown pass came on a 10-yard throw to Brown, who made a juggling catch to put the Rams ahead early in the fourth quarter. Goff played the entire second half and finished 8 of 12 for 82 yards.
Former Arizona and Rams QB Nick Foles was solid against his former team, going 18 of 22 for 133 yards.
Osweiler, Texans topple Saints 16-9
HOUSTON (AP) — Former ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler threw a touchdown pass and led the starting offense to three first-half scores in a 16-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints Saturday night.
New Orleans had a chance to send the game to overtime with an untimed down from the 12-yard line, but third-string quarterback Garrett Grayson threw an interception to cornerback Robert Nelson in the end zone to end the game.
The Texans (2-0) shut out the Saints until late in the third quarter as both the first and second-team units handled New Orleans' porous pass protection and forced two turnovers.
After Osweiler and the starters struggled some in their preseason debut win over San Francisco, coach Bill O'Brien left most of the starters in for five drives in Houston.
Mexico beats Italy 12-7 in LLWS elimination game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Gael Cortez hit two home runs, struck out three in 1 2/3 innings and Mexico beat Italy 12-7 in an elimination game on Saturday in the Little League World Series.
Cortez, who didn't have a hit in Mexico's 10-2 opening loss to Panama, hit a solo home run in the third inning and added a two-run homer in an eight-run sixth inning that helped stretch Mexico's lead to 12-1.
Jose Leal, Mexico's starting pitcher, struck out five and gave up only two hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the team from San Nicolas moves on to face the loser of Sunday's Canada-South Korea game in another elimination matchup on Monday. Fabian Mar and Victor Juarez each had triples to go with three hits apiece.
Samuele Gamberini singled and scored to pull Italy, from Emilia, to 4-1 in the fourth inning. Gamberini had three of Italy's six hits. Italy will play in a consolation game on Monday.
Rhode Island avoids elimination, beats Oregon 8-0 in LLWS
SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Kenny Rix hit a three-run home run to lead Warwick, Rhode Island to an 8-0 victory over Bend, Oregon in an elimination game on Saturday in the Little League World Series.
Colin Lemieux gave up only three hits and had three strikeouts in four innings for Rhode Island, which moves on to play the loser of Sunday's Johnston, Iowa-Bowling Green, Kentucky game in another elimination matchup on Monday. Rix pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two hits with a strikeout.
DJ Sollitto singled and scored, and Cam Nadeau scored off a wild pitch to give Rhode Island a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Rix's homer capped a four-run fourth inning to make it 6-0. Domenic Brazeau had three hits and Chase Pariseau added two doubles for Rhode Island.
Julian Mora had two hits to lead Oregon, which plays in a Monday consolation game.
Lizarraga strikes out 9, California beats Texas 5-0 in LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Va. (AP) — Victor Lizarraga pitched a complete game, Ali Camarillo went 2 for 3 with a triple and Chula Vista, California beat San Antonio, Texas 5-0 in the Little League World Series on Saturday night.
Lizarraga allowed just two hits and struck out nine. Devin Hinojosa hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer for Chula Vista.
Camarillo's triple led off the game and, after Anthony Soto struck out and Lucas Marrujo was hit by a pitch, he scored on a wild pitch by Dominic Tellis. Marrujo scored on another wild pitch to make it 2-0 going into the bottom of the first.
Hinojosa's homerun in the top of the third made it 5-0.
Tellis allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits over five innings for San Antonio.