Sunday, August 30
"Homer hat trick" in Toronto...Dodgers go up by 3-1/2 on Giants
UNDATED (AP) — Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion (en-kar-nah-see-OHN') had a huge game, driving in nine runs, as the Blue Jays destroyed the Tigers 15-1. He smacked three home runs--a grand slam, a three-run blast and a two-run homer. The nine runs batted in ties the team record for one game. On a real tear, Encarnacion now has a 24-game hitting streak.
Being a hockey town fans showered the field with baseball caps in honor of his "homer hat trick."
Drew Hutchison benefited from all of the offense to win his fourth straight start and improve his record to 13-2.
In other baseball:
— The Yankees stayed a game and a-half back of Toronto by beating Atlanta 3-1. Rookie Luis Severino allowed only four hits in six scoreless innings.
__ The NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers rallied with four in the seventh off Chicago ace Jon Lester and beat the Cubs 5-2. Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) broke a 2-2 with a two-run single for the Dodgers, who lead the Giants by three and a-half games.
— The last-place Boston Red Sox beat the NL East-leading New York Mets for the second straight night, 3-1. Joe Kelly won his sixth straight outing, recovering nicely from a rocky start to outpitch Jacob deGrom. Kelly is 8-6 while deGrom fell to 12-7.
__ The Washington Nationals moved within five and a-half games of the Mets by beating Miami 5-1. Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. Ryan Zimmerman also went deep for the Nats.
— National League Central leader St. Louis blanked San Francisco 6-0. Lance Lynn and three relievers combined on the seven-hitter. Lynn is 11-8. Lynn left in the eighth inning after suffering a mild ankle sprain that will be re-evaluated Sunday.
__ A resurgent J.A. Happ worked into the sixth inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Colorado Rockies 4-3. Happ and Ramirez were both acquired near the trade deadline.
__ Mike Fiers (FY'-urz) followed his no-hitter with another stellar start for Houston. Fiers pitched into the seventh inning with three hits allowed for the first-place Astros in a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
__ Texas stayed in the AL wild card chase by edging Baltimore 4-3. Bobby Wilson lined a tie-breaking single with two out in the sixth inning. Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) hit his 13th home run for the Rangers, who have a game and a-half lead in the race for the final AL wild card.
__ AL Central leader Kansas City doubled up Tampa Bay 6-3. Mike Moustakas had three hits and three RBIs.
__ Oakland shaded Arizona 3-2. Stephen Vogt (VOHT) hit a splashdown homer into the Chase Field swimming pool and drove in three.
__ Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run during a three-run first inning and the Seattle Mariners withstood Chicago's late rally to beat the White Sox 7-6.
__ Cleveland downed the L.A. Angels 8-3. Yan Gomes' eighth-inning grand slam capped a five-run rally.
__ The Cincinnati Reds used a 17-hit attack to beat Milwaukee 12-9. Jay Bruce, Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Todd Frazier homered for the Reds.
— Philadelphia edged San Diego 4-3. Adam Morgan pitched six strong innings and drove in the eventual winning run.
MLB-FAN DIES IN FALL
Fan dies after falling from upper deck
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a fan in his 60s died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed the fan's death hours after the fall Saturday night.
The fan fell immediately after Alex Rodriguez was introduced as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. There was no delay in the game as medical personnel treated the fan.
AP source: Mets get reliever Reed
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that would send reliever Addison Reed to the NL East leaders.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The deal is likely subject to a review of medical records.
Manuel states case for Bills
UNDATED. (AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-19 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Newly acquired Steelers backup QB Michael Vick finished 4 of 5 for 116 yards and was sacked once in two series.
In other exhibition game news:
__ The Buffalo Bills' already banged-up group of receivers has lost another player. Coach Rex Ryan said Marquise Goodwin is out indefinitely after breaking his ribs.
— Tony Romo threw two TD passes even as Dez Bryant again sat out for the Dallas Cowboys, who lost 28-14 to the Minnesota Vikings. Bryant has a strained hamstring.
__ New York Jets first-round draft pick Leonard Williams left the team's preseason game against the Giants with a knee injury. But it appears to be just a bone bruise.
__ Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton scored on a keeper that completed Cincinnati's opening drive against the Chicago Bears, then left the game with a sore neck.
__ Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb left with a shoulder injury following Green Bay's first offensive series after landing on his right arm while trying to catch a pass near the sideline.
__ Kirk Cousins filled in capably for injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, throwing for 190 yards and a fluke touchdown as the Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-13.
__ Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey left his team's exhibition game against Atlanta with a knee injury, further scrambling their offensive line situation.
__ Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb left the Packers' preseason game Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles with a shoulder injury.
__ The Jacksonville Jaguars are down another defensive lineman. The team says that end Andre Branch will miss "significant time" early in the season. He suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee during an exhibition game against Detroit Friday night. Branch sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the game, when teammate Aaron Colvin landed on him. It's the latest setback for Jacksonville's defensive line, which already is without rookie defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks.
San Jose four-time champion
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.
The SaberCats became the first team in league history to finish a season with 20 victories. They joined Arizona, Detroit and Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay as the only franchises to win four Foster Trophies.
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Third round play in the PGA's The Barclays is over and the lead is shared by Sangmoon Bae and PGA Championship winner Jason Day. They completed play at 11-under-par, one shot in front of two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson.
Both Bae and Day shot a 7-under-63 to secure their score.
McCarron on top
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Rod Spittle stands on top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Champions tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open. He shot a second-round 6-under-66 to complete play at 10-under, one in front of Scott McCarron and John Huston (HYOO'-stuhn).
The best round of the day was shot by Huston and Stephen Ames, an 8-under-64.
Ernst leads after 40 holes
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Austin Ernst took the lead at 10 under before darkness forced the suspension of third-round play in the weather-delayed Yokohama LPGA Tire Classic.
Ernest was 1 under through four holes after waiting out a five-hour delay for rain and lightning on the links-style Senator Course. She passed second-round leader Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng), who had a bogey on the fourth hole to drop to 9 under.
Defending FCS champs lose to Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State.
Playing their first game under coach Bob Stitt, the Grizzlies rallied to stun the Bison in hazy conditions at jam-packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
HORSE RACING-TRAVERS STAKES
American Pharoah loses at the "Graveyard"
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was defeated in the Travers Stakes by Keen Ice. The Triple Crown winner came into the race as the overwhelming favorite, but lost the lead entering the far turn and just didn't have the energy to catch up.
The upset solidified Saratoga's reputation as the "Graveyard of Favorites." Only one of 12 Triple Crown winners has been able to go on and win the Travers.
Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Javier Castellano, won by three-quarters of a length. American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, had won eight straight races coming into the Travers.
Menard wins at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin driver Paul Menard took advantage of a lengthy late-race caution and held off Ryan Blaney to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America.
Menard, a Sprint Cup regular, made a mid-race pit stop and was informed by his crew that he needed to save two gallons of fuel in order to finish the race without stopping again on the road course.
Menard led for nine laps in the 180-mile race on NASCAR's second-tier series.
INDYCAR-GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
Power wins pole for season finale
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Will Power isn't stepping down as IndyCar champion without a fight.
Power won the pole for Sunday's title-deciding race at Sonoma Raceway by circling the circuit in 1 minute, 16.25 seconds. The Australian heads into the season finale one of six drivers mathematically eligible to win the title.
But Power is a distant fourth in the standings and trails Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 61 points.
The wrap-up weekend comes just five days after driver Justin Wilson died of injuries suffered when a piece of debris from another car struck him in the head at Pocono.
WORLD TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold for an American
BEIJING (AP) — Ashton Eaton of the U.S. has won the decathlon at the world track and field championships in Beijing. The Olympic champion beat his own mark with a strong run in the closing 1,500 meters. Eaton was around world-record pace throughout the 10 events over two days and pushed through the pain of the rigorous competition to total 9,045 points, six better than his previous best.
And Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt has completed the sprints with another gold. The winner of the 100 and 200 meters anchored Jamaica's 4X100-meter relay team to gold. The team from the U.S. had been favored.
Dead fish in Olympic water
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian environmentalist and biologist, Mario Moscatelli, says sewage has killed at least a ton of fish in a lagoon next to the Olympic Park that will host many Rio 2016 events. Moscatelli says thousands of tilapia (tihl-AHP'-ee-uh), sea bass and mullets started washing up Friday on the shore of a lagoon that he says, "does embrace the Olympic Park."
Pennsylvania team advances
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, has advanced to the Little League World Series championship game. Chayton Krauss hit an RBI single to right field to secure the 3-2 win over Pearland, Texas.
Lewisberry will play undefeated Tokyo for the World Series championship Sunday. Tokyo beat Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, 1-0 in seven innings for the international title.