Hamels, pals throw no-hitter…No. 34 for Stanton
UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves did nothing to enhance their postseason chances. In fact, they couldn’t even produce a single hit.
Cole Hamels combined with three relievers on the fourth no-hitter of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Braves 7-0. It was the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history, and the 12th overall.
Hamels struck out seven, walked five and threw 108 pitches in six innings before Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon (PAP’-ul-bahn) each pitched a perfect inning of relief.
Ben Revere provided a bases-loaded triple and five RBIs for the Phillies.
The Braves currently are 6 ½ games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, pending the outcome of the Nats’ game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Atlanta also is 1 ½ games behind Milwaukee for the final wild-card berth.
The Brewers lost their share of the NL Central lead with a 4-2 loss to the Cubs in Chicago. Wellington Castillo hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, while Luis Valbuena (vahl-BWAY’-noh) also went deep. Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut as the Cubs pushed the Brewers one game behind St. Louis.
The Cardinals have sole possession of the NL Central lead for the first time all season following a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. Matt Holliday had three RBIs, including a tiebreaking, single in the bottom of the seventh after pinch-hitter Kolten Wong tied it with a two-run homer.
The Pirates had leads of 3-0 and 4-2 before falling three games behind the Redbirds.
The San Francisco Giants have given themselves a chance to pull within one game of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by the end of the night. Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth as the Giants beat Colorado 4-2 in a game that was suspended by rain in the bottom of the sixth on May 22.
The Giants are hosting the Rockies right now, and the Dodgers entertain Washington.
Oakland ended a four-game skid as Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat with the Athletics to ignite a 6-1 win over Seattle. Dunn went 2 for 3 just a day after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox.
The A’s strengthened their hold on the first AL wild-card slot and dropped the Mariners 1 ½ games off the pace for the second wild-card berth.
Detroit crushed Cleveland 12-1 as Miguel Cabrera was 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored. Pinch-hitter Tyler Collins belted a three-run homer and David Price worked seven innings as the Tigers moved into a temporary tie with Kansas City for the AL Central lead.
The Royals are hosting Texas today.
In other major league action:
— Joe Mauer capped his four-RBI afternoon with a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning as Minnesota beat Baltimore 6-4 to avoid a four-game sweep. Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 36th homer and Nick Hundley launched a three-run blast for the Orioles, whose lead in the AL East shrunk to 8 ½ games over the New York Yankees.
— Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th home run and the Miami Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 9-6. Marcell Ozuna and Casey McGehee finished with two RBIs each for the Marlins.
— Tyson Ross is 13-12 after striking out eight while allowing a run and six hits in six innings of San Diego’s 3-1 win over Arizona. Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run single to put the Padres ahead 3-0 in the fifth.
— Tampa Bay beat Boston 4-3 on Matt Joyce’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Evan Longoria hit a two-run single to help the Rays gain a split of the four-game series.
Astros fired Porter
HOUSTON (AP) — Bo Porter’s run as Houston manager is over before he completes his second season. He’s been fired with the team mired in fourth place in the five-team AL West. The Astros have the second worst record in the league and are 25 games out of first place. However, general manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn’t based on Houston’s record but on a need for a new direction in the clubhouse.
Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager through the end of the season. He’s been working in the Astros minor league system.
Bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.
Serena, Djkovic keep rolling
NEW YORK (AP) — No. 1 seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) have moved into the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
Williams rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi (KY’-ah KAH’-neh-pee) to reach a grand slam quarterfinal for the first time since winning last year’s U.S. Open. Williams will next take on Flavia Pennetta, who also scored a straight set win in her fourth round match.
Djokovic reached the quarterfinals for the eighth year in a row and 22nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament overall. The 2011 champ made only 19 unforced errors in a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Eighth seed Andy Murray needed 2 hours, 35 minutes to defeat No. 9 Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (joh-WIHL’-freed) SAHNG’-guh) 7-5, 7-5, 6-4.
Women’s No. 17 seed Ekaterina Makarova pulled off the day’s biggest surprised by ousting seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard (yoo-JEE’-nee boo-SHAHRD’), 7-6, 6-4. Bouchard received a medical timeout for a heat illness during the second set amid temperatures in the mid-80s on a muggy day at Flushing Meadows.
Bouchard’s ouster leaves only Williams and No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) as the only top-10 seeds to reach the quarters.
Petty has back injury
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has been diagnosed with two cracked small bones in his back. Petty took an early shot to his back and played only the first half of the 10th-ranked Bears’ season-opening 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday. The hit occurred on the Bears’ first series, but he still threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and added a 5-yard TD run for a 31-0 halftime lead.
Newton returns to practice
UNDATED (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to the practice wearing an oversized flak jacket for protection for his fractured ribs. It was Newton’s first practice since Aug. 22, when he had his ribs stepped on during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Coach Ron Rivera said last week Newton would be evaluated over the weekend but expected him to play in Week 1 at Tampa Bay.
— Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23. Welker donned his up-sized helmet and ran short routes during the 20-minute viewing period open to the media at the start of practice.
— Veteran kicker Ryan Succop (SUHK’-uhp) has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, two days after being released by Kansas City. Succop hit 81 percent of his field goals over his past five seasons, including a career-long of 54 yards. Tennessee opens at Kansas City on Sunday.
— Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason practiced for the first time and hopes to play in the season opener. He’s been sidelined since suffering a ligament tear and fractured bone in his foot in June.
GOLF-DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Kirk takes this one to the bank
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 to win the Deutsche (DOY’-cheh) Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick. Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world’s No. 1 player.
Billy Horschel had a chance to force a playoff by making a birdie on the par-5 18th. But he chunked his second shot so badly that it barely reached the hazard.
Kirk won for the second time this season.
QB competition continues
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban says quarterbacks Blake Sims and Jake Coker will both play Saturday against Florida Atlantic as their competition for the starting job continues. Saban says he hasn’t determined how the rotation will work for the No. 2 Crimson Tide.
Sims made his first career start in the win against West Virginia Saturday and passed for 250 yards while completing 24 of 33 passes. Coker was in the game to run out the clock on a 33-23 victory and didn’t attempt a pass.