Sports August 11
Cardinals salvage series in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with two runs scored to help the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep against the Baltimore Orioles with an 8-3 victory on Sunday.
Peter Bourjos hit a three-run homer to back a solid outing from Lance Lynn, who allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
More importantly, Lynn (12-8) held the powerful AL East leaders homerless for the first time in the series. Baltimore launched nine homers in winning the first two games by a combined score of 22-5.
Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (6-4) was charged with three runs on eight hits over five innings. Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz each knocked in a run for the O's.
Matt Carpenter, Wong and Matt Holliday each singled to open up the game for St. Louis in the first. Matt Adams grounded into a fielder's choice to score a run before Jhonny Peralta laced a single to center that scored Wong. Jon Jay walked to pack the bags again, but Oscar Taveras flied into a double play as Adam Jones gunned Adams down at the plate attempting to tag from third.
Baltimore answered in the home half with and RBI double off the bat of Cruz that cut the deficit to 2-1.
With one out and runners at the corners in the sixth, Daniel Descalso sent an RBI single to right, restoring St. Louis' two-run cushion.
The pendulum continued to swing in the home sixth, with Markakis making it a one-run game again courtesy of an RBI single to center.
Back-to-back doubles from Descalso and Carpenter made it 5-3 in the eighth, then a pinch-hitting Bourjos left little doubt of the outcome with his homer in the ninth.
Baltimore catcher Caleb Joseph had his five-game homer streak end. The Orioles had won three straight and 12-of-16 coming in. St. Louis is 8-12 against the American League this season, while Baltimore is 9-5 against the Senior Circuit.
Toronto 5, Detroit 4 (19 innings)
- The Blue Jays and Tigers played plenty of free baseball on Sunday and it was Toronto coming away with a victory thanks to Jose Bautista's RBI single in the 19th inning
Cleveland 4, New York 1
- Jason Kipnis had three hits and scored three times
Chicago Cubs 3, Tampa Bay 2 (12 innings)
- Anthony Rizzo hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 12th
Texas 6, Houston 2
- Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre both hit solo home runs
Kansas City 7, San Francisco 4
- Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez both hit two-run homers
Boston 3, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
- Yoenis Cespedes's first home run as a member of the Red Sox broke a scoreless tie
Seattle 4, Chicago 2
- Austin Jackson smacked a three-run double and drove in all four runs
Cincinnati 7, Miami 2
- Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam and a two-run home run
Philadelphia 7, New York 6
- Ryan Howard hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning
Los Angeles 5, Milwaukee 1
- Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over eight innings
San Diego 8, Pittsburgh 2
- Seth Smith hit a three-run triple
Colorado 5, Arizona 3 (10 innings)
- Corey Dickerson's solo home run in the 10th inning helped the Rockies to a victory
McIlroy escapes with dramatic PGA title
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rory McIlroy briefly was three strokes out of the lead on Sunday, but he made an eagle and two birdies on the back nine and rallied to win his second PGA Championship title.
McIlroy finished at 16-under-par 268. This was his fourth major championship, and third consecutive victory. He started the run with a win at the Open Championship and followed that with a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Phil Mickelson, the 2005 PGA Champion, fired a 5-under 66 and ended alone in second at minus-15.
Henrik Stenson also posted a 66, while Rickie Fowler closed with a 68. Stenson and Fowler shared third at 14-under 270. Mickelson, Fowler and Stenson had owned the lead most of the day, but couldn't keep pace with McIlroy down the stretch.
Play was finished in darkness as a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay earlier in the day pushed things back. It was so dark on the final hole that Fowler and Mickelson let McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger hit their tee shots as they were walking down the fairway.
After Mickelson and Fowler reached the green, the final twosome again hit up in an effort to finish before complete darkness set in.
McIlroy, who led by two on the 18th tee thanks to a birdie at 17, found sand with his second. He blasted to 34 feet and 2-putted for par to win by one as Mickelson birdied the final hole to trim the winning margin.
Jim Furyk (66) and Ryan Palmer (68) shared fifth place at 12-under 272.
Four-time major champion Ernie Els and Jimmy Walker both fired 6-under 65s to share low round of the day honors. The duo played together in the final round and finished alongside one another at 11-under 273.
They were joined in seventh place by Steve Stricker (68), Mikko Ilonen (69), Hunter Mahan (67) and Victor Dubuisson (66).
Allmendinger outruns Ambrose for Watkins Glen win
Watkins Glen, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - On a somber day of racing on Sunday, A.J. Allmendinger became a first-time race winner in the Sprint Cup Series after holding off Marcos Ambrose in a two-lap shootout to the finish in the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International.
Allmendinger's maiden Sprint Cup victory in his 213th career start and an almost guarantee that he will qualify for this year's championship Chase made this a feel-good story less than 24 hours after three-time series champion Tony Stewart struck and killed a competitor, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. of Port Leyden, N.Y., during a sprint car race at nearby Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
On Sunday morning, Stewart opted not to compete in this 90-lap race at Watkins Glen. Regan Smith, a Nationwide Series regular, substituted for Stewart in his No. 14 Chevrolet. Prior to the start of the race, Stewart issued a statement offering his condolences towards Ward and his family.
Driver hit by Stewart dies
Canandaigua, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a fellow competitor who was walking on the dirt track during a caution in a sprint car race on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
The Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department confirmed on Sunday morning that the driver struck was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:15 p.m. ET (Saturday). Track officials have identified the driver as 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. of Port Leyden, N.Y.
Stewart, a three-time champion in NASCAR's premier series, did not compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International, which is roughly 50 miles southwest of Canandaigua. Stewart-Haas Racing had announced that Regan Smith, a Nationwide Series regular, would substitute for Stewart in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Stewart had qualified 13th for this 90-lap event at Watkins Glen on Saturday. He is a record five-time race winner at this 2.45-mile, 7-turn road course.
According to a release from the sheriff's department, the incident occurred at the exit of turn 2 just past the halfway point in the 25-lap Lucas Oil Super Sprint Feature race. Stewart and Ward made contact while battling for position, with Ward spinning out and hitting the wall. The race went under caution.
A video of the incident showed Ward climbing out of his car and then walking down the dirt track. He was pointing his finger in the direction of Stewart and apparently yelling at him to express his displeasure.
Stewart's car and the vehicle of another competitor traveling in tandem approached Ward. The first car swerved to avoid hitting him, but Stewart's vehicle struck Ward and dragged him briefly on the track before he came to rest. Track medical staff immediately attended to him before he was transported to the hospital.
The remainder of the race was canceled.
Tsonga beats Federer for Toronto title
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Roger Federer in Sunday's Rogers Cup final.
The 13th-seeded Tsonga beat Federer, the No. 2 seed, by a 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) margin to capture his 11th career title. The Frenchman won his first final since defeating Tomas Berdych in Marseille last year.
Tsonga defeated world No. 1 and three-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic, two-time tournament champ Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the final.
It was the second career Masters 1000 Series win for Tsonga and first victory at this event. He is the first Frenchman to win the Rogers Cup.
Tsonga will return to the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since March.
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