Sunday, August 28
Blackmon homers twice as Rockies beat Nats 9-4 in 11 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 9-4 Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Blackmon connected in the third off starter A.J. Cole, then hit a two-run drive off Yusmeiro Petit (3-4). Blackmon has 23 home runs this season and five multihomer games.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a two-run homer off Petit, his 24th of the season and 200th of his career.
Jake McGee (1-3) got the win by pitching a perfect 10th, which included a strikeout of Bryce Harper that led to the reigning NL MVP being ejected.
Called out on strikes, Harper immediately began yelling at plate umpire Mike Winters and threw his helmet to the ground before getting tossed.
Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu went 3 for 5 to pass the Nationals' Daniel Murphy for the NL batting lead.
Siemian solidifies QB job in Denver's 17-9 win over Rams
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Siemian threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason and tightened his grip on the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback job in a 17-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night.
After showing off his strong right arm over a first half that included a 1-yard pass to Virgil Green, Siemian accepted hugs from his teammates and gave way to rookie Paxton Lynch, who was also impressive in his half of play.
That left Mark Sanchez as the odd man out on this night and, plausibly, come cut-down day. If he's not on the 53-man roster, the Broncos will save $3.5 million and the seventh-round draft pick they would have owed the Eagles.
It was Sanchez's job to lose when training camp began and he's apparently done just that with a slew of turnovers in the preseason, although coach Gary Kubiak had steadfastly declined to name a starter up to this point.
An afterthought while taking just one snap — a kneel-down — as a rookie last season, Siemian has emerged as the best option to lead Denver's defense of its Super Bowl title with Peyton Manning on the links and Brock Osweiler in Houston.
Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, the highest-paid nonquarterback in the league, recorded his first sack of the preseason, a 9-yard takedown of Case Keenum on the Rams' first series.
Rookie QB Dak Prescott to start after Romo injury
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says quarterback Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back, and there is no timetable for his return.
Garrett made the comments on Saturday during a conference call. He said an MRI revealed the break, but the coach did not provide further details.
Asked if Romo would be back, Garrett said there's no timetable but that the quarterback would play this season.
The 36-year-old veteran has had back surgery twice before. His latest injury occurred on the third play of Thursday night's exhibition game at Seattle. He was hit by Cliff Avrill and was rolling in pain before taken off the field and replaced by former Mississippi State star Dak Prescott. Later, Romo said he was OK.
The Cowboys open the season September 11th at home against the New York Giants.
Rahal makes last-lap pass to win IndyCar race at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Graham Rahal made a last-lap pass and just held on to beat James Hinchcliffe in the closest finish ever for an IndyCar race at Texas.
The only time Rahal led the race — competed over a 2 1/2-month span — was when he sliced to the bottom of the track coming off of the backstretch on that final lap Saturday night. He won by eight-thousandths (0.008) of a second, crossing the line only inches and side-by-side with Hinchcliffe, with Tony Kanaan right behind them.
Hinchcliffe had led the Firestone 600 for 76 days. He was leading when the race was initially red-flagged June 12th because of rain after only 71 of 248 laps, and he was dominating after it resumed until three late restarts.
Rahal's fourth career win came at the high-banked, 1 1/2-mile oval where four years ago he appeared headed for victory before brushing the wall on the last lap and finishing second to Justin Wilson.