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Vogt atones for previous mistakes, leads A's past Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Vogt atoned for mistakes from the previous game, hitting a splashdown homer into the Chase Field swimming pool and driving in three runs as the Oakland Athletics beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Saturday night.

Vogt broke a 2-all tie with a bloop single to left field in the eighth inning. The A's catcher had two passed balls that were big factors in Oakland's 6-4 loss in the series opener Friday night.

Fernando Rodriguez (4-1) pitched two innings for the victory. The A's won at Arizona for the first time since June 17, 2008.

Drew Pomeranz struck out the side in the ninth for his third save as the Diamondbacks fell to 1-5 on their homestand.

Andrew Chafin (5-1) took the loss.


Gomes' grand slam caps big inning as Indians beat Angels 8-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes' eighth-inning grand slam capped a five-run rally and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Saturday night.

Gomes homered to center on the first pitch from Joe Smith (4-4) for his first career grand slam, lifting Cleveland to its fourth straight win.

Carlos Santana's RBI double broke a 3-all tie and sent Los Angeles to its seventh loss in nine games. The Angels are 2 1-2 games behind Texas for the second AL wild card.

Bryan Shaw (3-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for Cleveland.

Smith entered the game to start the eighth but didn't retire a batter, allowing five runs, four hits and an intentional walk.

The game was delayed by rain for 38 minutes in the bottom of the third.


San Jose beat Jacksonville 68-47 in ArenaBowl

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Erik Meyer led San Jose to its fourth ArenaBowl victory, throwing four touchdown passes and running for two more scores in the SaberCats' 68-47 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night.

The SaberCats became the first team in league history to finish a season with 20 victories and joined Arizona, Detroit and Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay as the only franchises to win four Foster Trophies.

The SaberCats (20-1) made Darren Arbet the second coach in league history to win four ArenaBowls, and he did it in his hometown before a sellout crowd of 9,115 at Stockton Arena. The game was moved to Stockton because the SAP Center in San Jose was unavailable.

Trailing by six points at halftime, San Jose scored on the opening possession of the second half to take its first lead, then used opportunistic defensive plays score 21 points in 2:35 span on the way to building a 61-33 lead early in the fourth quarter.


AP Source: LA strikes 2024 Olympic bid deal with USOC

Los Angeles has agreed to a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee that will make it America's bid city for the 2024 Olympics if the city council signs off on it next week.

If the council approves the deal at a meeting Tuesday, the USOC will announce Los Angeles as its candidate, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press.

The person did not want to be identified because the negotiations have not been publicly announced.

Last month, the USOC scrapped plans to make Boston the bid city and entered talks with Los Angeles. On Friday, a city council subcommittee unanimously approved the pact and sent it to the full council for a vote.

The International Olympic Committee will pick the host city in 2017.


Morgan, Sweeney lead Phillies past Padres, 4-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Morgan pitched six strong innings and drove in the eventual winning run, and Darnell Sweeney homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Philadelphia's Aaron Altherr snapped his string of extra-base hits to start his career with a fifth-inning single. Altherr entered with four doubles, a triple and two homers and was trying to become the first player in the modern era to begin with eight extra-base hits.

The Phillies have won all five games against San Diego this season and 11 of 14.

Matt Kemp returned to the lineup for San Diego after missing two games due to a sore left shoulder and extended his streak of safely reaching base to 18 straight games with a sixth-inning single.

The Padres have lost five of six.

Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.


Gimme Da Lute wins $100,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Gimme Da Lute won the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar for trainer Bob Baffert, who was across the country watching his Triple Crown champion American Pharoah lose at Saratoga.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran a mile in 1:35.79 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.

Fame and Power, also trained by Baffert, returned $2.60, while Desert Dynamo was another neck back in third. There was no show wagering because of the four-horse field, which was reduced by three scratches. Thanksgiving Day finished last.

Flavien Prat, aboard Desert Dynamo, claimed foul against Gimme Da Lute, saying the winner caused him to change course, but the stewards disallowed it.

"I know that rider claimed foul, but he was always behind me and never going to get past," Garcia said. "My horse is a fighter."

Gimme Da Lute carried co-high weight of 123 pounds with Fame and Power in the race for 3-year-old colts.

Baffert's highest-profile 3-year-old, American Pharoah, had his eight-race winning streak snapped with a runner-up finish in the Travers Stakes.

Gimme Da Lute has six wins in nine career starts for co-owner Mike Pegram, a longtime friend of Baffert.

Baffert won the El Cajon for a seventh time.