Sports August 17
O's avoid sweep in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and the Baltimore Orioles avoided being swept by the Cleveland Indians with a 4-1 win on Sunday to end their three-game series.
Gausman (7-4) gave up a run on two hits and four walks in six innings for the Orioles, who avoided what could have been their first three-game losing streak since late May.
Chris Davis hit a go-ahead RBI double and Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop each belted solo homers for the AL East leaders.
Danny Salazar (4-6) yielded two runs on four hits and a walk in five-plus innings for the Indians, who finished 3-2 on a rain-shortened homestand.
The game was scoreless until Carlos Santana doubled in the fourth inning and scored on Jason Kipnis' single to five the Indians a 1-0 lead. They were the only two Cleveland hits in the game.
Gausman worked around a pair of walks in the fifth inning and threw a perfect sixth before Darren O'Day, Andrew Miller and Zach Britton finished the game with an inning apiece.
Miller struck out the side in the eighth and Britton got an inning-ending double play in the ninth after walking Santana to earn his 26th save.
Pearce lined C.C. Lee's second pitch into the left field seats for a two-out homer in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 3-1 advantage. It was his 12th homer of the season.
Schoop also hit his 12th, knocking Kyle Crockett's 91 mph fastball over the center-field wall to lead off the ninth inning.
Baltimore had won eight straight series before this set ... The Indians won the season series 4-3 ... The Orioles haven't lost three in a row since a four-game slide from May 27-30. They improved to 8-1 this season after being shut out in the previous game ... The Orioles remain on the road to play their next six games in Chicago, the first three against the White Sox starting Monday and the last three against the Cubs ... The Indians will play three games on the road against Minnesota starting Tuesday.
Reigning national champion Florida State will begin the new college football season atop the Associated Press poll. The Seminoles will start the season ranked No. 1 for the sixth time, the AP said Sunday. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the Seminoles ended last season on top after their last- minute win over Auburn in the final BCS title game before this year's switch to the College Football Playoff. Alabama, last year's preseason No. 1, sits No. 2 behind Florida State. Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Auburn, UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor round out the top 10.
Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker suffered a right knee injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. The early diagnosis is a torn patella tendon, according to NFL.com. St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead is likely out for the season after he appeared to tear the ACL in his left knee during Saturday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Shawn Marion has decided to join forces with LeBron James in Cleveland. Marion informed the Cavaliers this weekend that he intends to sign with them this month, according to ESPN. He passed on opportunities to sign with the Pacers, Heat and Clippers. The Cavs have added James, Mike Miller and James Jones this offseason. They also have an agreement in place to acquire Minnesota's Kevin Love. Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Serena Williams was an easy straight-set winner over Ana Ivanovic on Sunday to win the $2.5 million Western & Southern Open tennis event. The top-seeded Williams had little trouble in the 6-4, 6-1 victory over ninth-seeded Ivanovic to capture her fifth title of the year. Williams fired 12 aces to Ivanovic's one in the 62-minute match. It was Williams' first title at this event as she had failed in her previous five appearances, and is her 62nd singles title, overall. The only event she has played six times without claiming the title is Sydney.
Jeff Gordon won a Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for the first time in 13 years after passing Joey Logano for the lead following a late-race restart in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Logano ran in front for a race-high 86 laps and led the way for the final restart with 17 laps left, but Gordon pulled ahead of him for the top spot. Logano then challenged Gordon for the lead on the following but could not make the pass. Kevin Harvick moved into second and Paul Menard third while Logano dropped to fourth.
Camilo Villegas fired a 7-under 63 on Sunday to come from behind and claim the title at the Wyndham Championship, which is the final event on the PGA Tour's regular-season schedule. Villegas earned his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour at 17-under-par 263. Bill Haas carded a 6-under 64 to move into a share of second place with Freddie Jacobson (66) at 16-under 264. Heath Slocum (67) bogeyed his final two holes at Sedgefield Country Club to end alone in fourth at minus-15. That late collapse dropped him to 129th on the FedExCup standings and means he will not be eligible for the playoffs. Third-round leader Nick Watney posted a bogey and a double-bogey over his final five holes en route to an even-par 70, dropping him into a tie for fifth with Brandt Snedeker (67) and Webb Simpson (67) at 14-under.
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