Monday’s Sports Minute

Monday’s Sports Minute

BASEBALL: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) sets to deliver a pitch in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 17, in St. Louis. Photo: Associated Press/Tom Gannam

Aside from Serena’s win in Cinci, and the Madden video game ratings “czar,” here’s a look at the other sports news making headlines today, Monday, Aug. 18.

Wainwright, Peralta pick up 15th

Adam Wainwright of St. Louis and Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta have become the majors’ second and third 15-game winners of the season, joining Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto. That means the Brewers still lead the National League Central by three games over the Cardinals.

Wainwright gave up three runs in seven innings of the Cardinals’ 7-6 win over San Diego. He received plenty of support from Matt Carpenter, who homered, doubled and drove in three runs. Jon Jay’s two-run single highlighted a four-run first in which the Redbirds batted around.

Peralta is 15-7 with a 3.32 ERA after helping the Brewers complete a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peralta scattered five singles in six scoreless innings of the Brewers’ 7-2 victory against the Dodgers.

Jonathan Lucroy tied a season high with five RBIs smacking a two-run homer and added a three-run double to put the Brewers ahead 5-0 in the second inning. Carlos Gomez also homered for Milwaukee.

The Dodgers’ lead in the NL West is down to 3 ½ games after second-place San Francisco beat the Phillies 5-2. Andrew Susac had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run as the Giants won a home series for the first time since the All-Star break. Michael Morse got three hits and scored twice to help Tim Lincecum pick up his first victory in three weeks.

Elsewhere in the majors:

  • Adam Rosales and Mike Carp hit RBI singles off Angels closer Huston Street in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2. The Angels ended a four-game winning streak and remain in a virtual tie with Oakland atop the AL West.
  • The Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Athletics as Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and Chris Johnson added a solo shot in a 4-3 win over the A’s in Atlanta. Mike Minor gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings while outpitching Jon Lester, who fell to 3-1 in four starts since coming to Oakland from Boston.
  • Washington’s lead in the NL East remains six games over Atlanta. The Nationals blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth and trailed 5-4 before pulling out their sixth straight win, 6-5 over Pittsburgh in 11 innings. Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Jayson Werth doubled and scored Washington’s winning run on Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly.
  • Kevin Gausman gave up a run and two hits in six innings as Baltimore beat Cleveland 4-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop hit solo homers for the Orioles, who head the AL East by seven games over the New York Yankees.
  • The Yankees were 4-2 winners at Tampa Bay as Brett Gardner hit a two-run single and Mark Teixeira added a solo homer. Hiroki Kuroda retired 17 straight at one point and allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to help the Yanks win their second straight since a five-game skid.
  • Conor Gillaspie hit his first grand slam and Jordan Danks added a two-run shot, all during a six-run first that carried the Chicago White Sox past Toronto 7-5. Blue Jays slugger Juan Encarnacion socked his first homer since coming off the disabled list, but Toronto fell 7 ½ games off the AL East lead.
  • Homers by Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez and Josh Willingham powered Kansas City to its 20th victory in 25 games, 12-6 at Minnesota. Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki hit two-run singles during the Royals’ seven-run second.
  • In another baseball note, Todd Helton had his No. 17 jersey retired by the Colorado Rockies. Helton retired after last season after compiling a .316 average during a stellar 17-year career, all with the Rockies. He is the first player in the team’s 22-year history to have his number retired.
  • Report: Cavs land Marion

    The LeBron James recruiting machine has scored again.

    A person familiar with the negotiations says veteran free agent forward Shawn Marion has agreed to a one-year, league-minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The 36-year-old Marion is a four-time All-Star and gives the Cavs another veteran with postseason experience to complement James. The team has previously signed shooters Mike Miller and James Jones, who won two NBA titles with James in Miami.

    Baker out for the season

    The Atlanta Falcons’ revamped offensive line took a major setback when left tackle Sam Baker was ruled out for the year after injuring his right knee in a preseason game. The Falcons announced that the injury plagued Baker sustained a torn patellar tendon in a 32-7 loss to the Houston Texans.

    Gordon wins

    Pole sitter Jeff Gordon finished first in the Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon finished in front of Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano for his third win of the year, and his first at Michigan since 2001.

    Tony Stewart skipped the event, in the wake of the accident last week that took the life of dirt track racer Kevin Ward Jr.

    Park beats Lincicome

    Inbee Park has successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship by rallying to beat Brittany Lincicome.

    Park parred the first playoff hole after shooting a 2-under 70 for an 11-under total. Lincicome owned a three-shot lead on the back nine before faltering.

    Park won her fifth major title and fourth in the last two seasons.

    Seventeen-year-old rookie Lydia Ko finished three shots back as she sought to become the youngest major winner in LPGA history.

    Villegas finishes first

    First round leader Camilo Villegas fought back to win the Wyndham Championship, his first PGA victory since 2010. He shot a final round 7-under-63 to finish 17-under-par, one shot in front of Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson.

    Heath Slocum was two shots back.

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