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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:29 pm


Garza great at Great American...Cards' pen falters...Twins rally...Bosox get walkoff win

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have tacked another game onto their lead in the National League Central.

Matt Garza fired a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Brewers blanked the Reds 1-0 in Cincinnati. Garza retired his first 12 batters and became the first opposing pitcher in three years to blank the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez hit an RBI single in the first inning, just enough offense for Milwaukee to move five games ahead of St. Louis.

The Cardinals led 5-1 in the sixth inning before absorbing a 6-5 loss to Miami. Casey McGehee (mih-GEE') and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back RBI singles with two out in the ninth off Trevor Rosenthal, ending the Cardinals' three-game winning streak. Christian Yelich (YEH'-lich) got the Marlins' comeback going with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Also in the majors:

— Gio Gonzalez pitched eight scoreless innings and Washington set a season-high for runs and hits in a 13-0 laugher against the Chicago Cubs. Ryan Zimmerman tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs, while Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') each provided two RBIs and three of the Nationals' 19 hits.

— Atlanta still leads the NL East by 1 1/2 games over the Nationals after Andrelton (AN'-drul-tuhn) Simmons drove in four runs in the Braves' season-high ninth straight win, 10-4 against Arizona. Justin Upton added a two-run homer and three RBIs to help the Braves move a season-high 11 games over .500.

— Pittsburgh rode Andrew McCutchen's first-inning, two-run homer to a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia. Edinson Volquez allowed one run in seven innings and delivered an RBI grounder that put the Pirates ahead 3-0 in the second.

— Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Corey Dickerson added a solo shot and Wilin (wih-LEEN') Rosario poked a pair of RBI singles as Colorado held off the Dodgers 8-7 to end a five-game losing streak. Jorge De La Rosa allowed two runs and three hits in six innings before the Rockies' bullpen gave back most of a six-run lead.

— Seattle picked up its fifth victory in six games by beating the White Sox 3-2 on Brad Miller's RBI double in the 14th inning. Logan Morrison and Michael Saunders had three hits apiece, while the Mariners held the White Sox to just four hits.

— Chris Archer scattered six hits and came within two outs of a complete game as Tampa Bay topped Detroit 7-2, the Rays' seventh victory in eight games. The Rays scored three times in the fifth and four more in the sixth, with Kevin Kiermaier (KEER'-my-ur) hitting triples in both innings.

— Catcher Francisco Cervelli made a wild throw to first on a potential inning-ending double play grounder, allowing Josh Willingham to score the winning run in the 11th inning of Minnesota's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Willingham also homered in the seventh to force extra innings.

— Pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera singled home Jonny Gomes (gohmz) to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 triumph against Baltimore in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Red Sox ended a three-game skid and stopped the Orioles' four-game winning streak.


A's get Samardzija and Hammel from Cubs

UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics just bolstered their rotation by acquiring two of the Chicago Cubs' top starters.

The A's have picked up right-handers Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) and Jason Hammel from Chicago for minor leaguers Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named. Samardzija and Hammel join Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray and Tommy Milone in one of the majors' best rotations.

Samardzija has a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts this year, while Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA.

An injury sidelined Russell earlier this season, but the shortstop is batting .333 with three doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and three steals in 13 games for Double-A Midland. The 19-year-old McKinney was the A's first-round pick last year.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have picked up bullpen help by getting lefty Joe Thatcher from Arizona. The Halos also picked up outfielder Tony Campana in a deal that sends outfielder Zach Borenstein and minor league right-hander Joey Krehbiel to the Diamondbacks. The sidearm-throwing Thatcher was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 37 games for Arizona this season.


Kvitova blows past Bouchard for second Wimbledon title

LONDON (AP) — Sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) opened her Wimbledon schedule with a 6-3, 6-0 victory. That's also how she completed her run to a second Wimbledon title.

Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) needed just 55 minutes to dismantle No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard (yoo-JEE'-nee boo-SHAHRD') 6-3, 6-0. Kvitova overwhelmed the 20-year-old Canadian with a big serve, aggressive returns and an array of baseline winners. The Czech left-hander piled up 28 winners, 20 more than Bouchard.

Kvitova dropped just one set the entire tournament while facing just one opponent seeded among the top 20. She lost the opening set in her third-round match against Venus Williams, the only match in Kvitova dropped more than seven games.

It was the most lopsided women's final since Steffi Graf posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Monica Seles in 1992.

Bouchard was the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam singles final. She owned a 16-4 record in this year's majors and was the only woman to advance to the semifinals in all three.

The men's final is scheduled for tomorrow as top seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) takes on seven-time champ Roger Federer.


Argentina, Holland advance

UNDATED (AP) — Argentina has reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 24 years, while the Netherlands is in it for the second straight time.

The Argentines scored in the eighth minute and controlled the remainder of a 1-0 triumph over Belgium. It was Argentina's best performance of the tournament, and it sets up a Wednesday meeting against the Netherlands.

The Dutch and Costa Rica played to a scoreless tie before Holland won it 4-3 on penalty kicks. Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and saved two attempts in the shootout.


Neymar leaves Brazilian team

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazil striker Neymar has been airlifted from the team's training camp in a medical helicopter and will be treated at home for the back injury that ruled him out of the World Cup. Neymar will continue to undergo treatment for the broken vertebra sustained late in Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarterfinals yesterday.


Thunder ink top pick

UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed power forward Mitch McGary, the 21st player selected in last month's NBA draft.

McGary spent two years at Michigan and was Oklahoma City's top draft pick in the draft. The 6-foot-10 McGary averaged 9.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season after helping the Wolverines reach the NCAA title game as a freshman.

Also, two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press the Dallas Mavericks are bringing back Devin Harris in what could be a more prominent role for the point guard. The 31-year-old Harris played for Dallas on a one-year, $3 million deal last season, missing the first half of the year after offseason toe surgery.


Gordon arrested

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Josh Gordon is in trouble with the law once again.

Police say the Cleveland Browns wide receiver has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh early this morning. A police spokesman said Gordon was taken into custody after being pulled over for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 70 in northwest Raleigh.

The 23-year-old Pro Bowl wideout has been in trouble before off the field. He missed two games last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and reportedly failed another drug test during the offseason, which could lead to a season-long ban.


Kittel wins crash-marred stage

HARROGATE, England (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel has won the first stage of the Tour de France in a crash-marred sprint.

Kittel won the 118-mile run along rocky, grassy hills from Leeds to Harrogate after spring rival Mark Cavendish fell with 400 meters to go. Peter Sagan of Slovakia was second.

Cavendish landed hard on his right shoulder following his crash. He got up gingerly and cradled his right arm as he cruised over the finish line.


Rosberg wins pole

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has captured the pole for tomorrow's British Grand Prix. Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time until the German withstood the final lap in drying conditions as Hamilton aborted his lap and pulled into the pits. Defending four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second for Red Bull.


Hurley eyes first win

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Billy Hurley III remains the leader at the Greenbrier Classic as he seeks his first career PGA victory.

Hurley fired a 3-under-par 67 in the third round for a 12-under total, two strokes ahead of Angel Cabrera. Hurley hasn't relinquished the lead since midway through the second round. However, no third-round leader won won the previous four Greenbrier Classics.

Kevin Chappell is third at minus-9.

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