Brewers end slide…Phillies rally from 5 down to beat Nats
UNDATED (AP) — Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) drove in three runs and Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) pitched into the seventh inning to lead Milwaukee past St. Louis 6-2. That ends the Brewers’ nine-game losing streak and trims the Cardinals’ lead in the NL Central to three games.
Fiers is 5-2. He gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 5-1 in six starts since being called up from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9.
In other baseball:
— Kendrys Morales hit two of Seattle’s four homers and the Mariners beat Texas 7-5. That’s the Rangers seventh straight loss. It came hours after manager Ron Washington resigned unexpectedly. Interim manager Tim Bogar has taken over.
— James Shields pitched two-hit ball into the ninth inning and Nori Aoki (ay-OH’-kee) lined a run-scoring single in the third following Chase Headley’s two-base error in the Kansas City Royals’ 1-0 win over the New York Yankees. Shields retired his first 11 batters and improved to 13-7 for the AL Central-leading Royals.
— Philadelphia rallied from a 7-2 deficit in eighth inning to beat NL East leader Washington 9-8 in 11 innings. Carlos Ruiz and Ben Revere hit homers off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano in a three-run ninth inning. It’s Soriano’s second blown save in two games. Bryce Harper made an error on a routine fly in left in the 11th that led to the Phillies’ go-ahead run.
— Miami trounced Atlanta 11-3. Marcell Ozuna had four hits and four RBIs. Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Donovan Solano also had four hits for the Marlins, who had a season-high 18 hits.
— Tampa Bay blanked AL East-leading Baltimore 3-0. Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on the six-hitter.
— The AL West-leading L.A. Angels beat Minnesota 7-6 in 10 innings. Erick Aybar (EYE’-bar) drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
— Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) singled home the winning run in a three-run 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8.
— Houston edged Oakland 4-3. Chris Carter hit his 36th homer for the Astros. Jon Singleton also went deep. Tony Sipp got a two-inning save for the Astros. The loss drops the Athletics six games back of the AL West-leading Angels.
— Cleveland nipped the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in 10 innings. Pinch-hitter David Murphy, activated from the disabled list before the game, drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single.
— Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to power the New York Mets to their third straight victory, 14-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.
— The L.A. Dodgers beat Arizona for the 13th time in 17 meetings, 2-1. Matt Kemp’s 18th homer was the difference. Dan Haren and four relievers combined on a four-hitter. The NL West-leading Dodgers remain two games up on San Francisco.
— Pablo Sandoval swatted his 16th homer run and San Francisco downed Detroit 8-2 behind a 15-hit attack. Veteran Jake Peavy pitched six innings without allowing an earned run.
— Colorado blanked San Diego 3-0. Tyler Matzek pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout. Nolan Arenado and Drew Stubbs homered.
The Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs game was suspended by rain with one out in the top of the seventh inning. The teams were tied at 3 when a storm rolled through Wrigley Field. The Pirates and Cubs will resume their game on Saturday afternoon before their regularly scheduled matchup.
Wash walks…D-Backs sack GM Towers
UNDATED (AP) — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has resigned to address an “off-the-field personal matter.”
The stunning announcement came a day after the Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention, just three years after reaching their second consecutive World Series. Washington says his resignation had nothing to do with the disappointing season. The Rangers are 53-88.
General manager Jon Daniels says the manager had given the team permission to acknowledge that the move “was not drug-related.”
During spring training in 2010, it was disclosed that Washington had admitted to using cocaine once the previous year.
In other baseball news:
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers in the midst of a third straight disappointing season. Towers became Arizona’s general manager in 2010 and put together a roster that won 94 games and the NL West in 2011. Since then they’ve had back to back sub- .500 seasons. Towers’ firing comes four months after the Diamondbacks hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as chief operating officer.
— Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his left hand. The 38-year-old Konerko was injured playing first base Tuesday against Minnesota. Manager Robin Ventura said Friday that he expects Konerko to play again this season, but that he will miss Chicago’s three-game series against Cleveland. Konerko is set to retire after the season.
— Koji Uehara (oo-eh-hahr-ah) has been removed temporarily from his closer’s role with the Boston Red Sox. The move comes one day after Uehara allowed solo homers by Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley in the ninth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win.
— Josh Beckett won’t return to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, and the injured pitcher is mulling retirement. He went on the disabled list for the third time Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement. He was 6-6 this year.
Last chance for Chase in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway with a lap at 126.618 mph. This is the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup field is chosen.
The Penske Racing driver finished second in the first round of qualifying, and easily outran the field during the second stage for his fourth pole of the season.
Jeff Gordon was second at 126.039 mph, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson at 125.898.
There are 19 drivers fighting for two spots in the 16-car Chase field.
Kyle Busch goes wire to wire
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch led from start to finish, usually by plenty, and ended an eight-race winless streak in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with his fifth career victory at Richmond International Raceway. It was the fourth victory of the season for Busch, but first since May 31 at Dover.
Nationwide Series points leader Chase Elliott overtook Kevin Harvick to claim second.
Williams, Wozniacki in finals
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time defending champ Serena Williams is back in the US Open women’s finals after rolling over Ekaterina Makarova (ma-kah-ROH’-vah) 6-3, 6-1. Williams is trying to become the first woman since Chris Evert in the 1970s to win three straight titles in the tournament.
Williams took command of her 20th straight US Open win by reeling off nine straight points, including a stretch in which she won 22 of 24 points.
Williams will take on Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee) for the title.
The 10th-seed won her semifinal after Peng Shuai (SHWAY) retired because of apparent heat illness. Peng was taken off the court in a wheelchair with a towel draped over her head.
Newton questionable…Niners’ McDonald will play Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton is listed as questionable for the season opening game with Tampa Bay. Rivera says Newton threw passes and took all of his reps at practice Friday but that he won’t know if Newton will be able to play until Sunday.
Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, has never missed a start in three seasons for the Panthers.
In other NFL news:
— San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says defensive end Ray McDonald, who was arrested in a domestic violence case last week, will play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
— Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore has a nagging groin injury that leaves his status uncertain for the opener at Chicago on Sunday. Gilmore and backup running back Anthony Dixon are listed as questionable on the Bills’ injury report.
— Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (ohr-RAHK’-poh) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. He took part in limited practice this week with a sprained right ankle. Coach Jay Gruden (GROO’-den) says the team will “get a better look” at Orakpo on Saturday and “hopefully he’ll be ready.”
— The New York Jets’ top cornerback will start the season as a spectator. Dee Milliner has been ruled out for the regular-season opener against Oakland on Sunday with a high ankle sprain. That means Antonio Allen, a converted safety, and career backup Darrin Walls will be the Jets’ starting cornerbacks for the game at MetLife Stadium.
— Tom Brady is practicing again with the New England Patriots and looking forward to playing in the season opener against Miami. The star quarterback returned to practice Friday after a one-day absence that the team attributed to a calf injury. Brady was wearing sweatpants during the warmup period that was open to reporters.
Sergio surges to lead
CHERRY HILLS, Colo. (AP) — Sergio Garcia’s 6-under 64 has given him the 36-hole lead at the BMW Championship. Garcia is 8-under par for the 36 holes, one shot in front of Ryan Palmer who also posted a 64. Rory McIlroy made three straight birdies late in his round for another 67 and was two shots behind, along with Billy Horschel.
Bubba Watson and Canada’s Graham DeLaet are four shots back. Watson shot 66, DeLaet 68.
Beck sets pace
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Chip Beck eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Quebec Championship. The 57-year-old Beck is winless on the 50-and-over tour. Duffy Waldorf and Craig Thomas were tied for second.
Brad Faxon, Loren Roberts and P.H. Horgan III followed at 67.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen had a 71 in his first Champions Tour round after he turned 50 last week.
Broadcaster honored by MLB
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has received the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award for his record 65 years of calling Dodgers games, first in Brooklyn then in Los Angeles.
Scully is only the second non-player to be recognized. He joins Rachel Robinson, who was honored in 2007 for promoting the legacy of her husband, former Dodger Jackie Robinson.