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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 7:06 AM

MLB-FINAL SCORES

Jays keep streaking...Mariners go deep on Athletics

UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves within five games of first place in the American League East after tying a franchise record for consecutive victories.

Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') homered and had four RBIs as the Jays won their 11th in a row, 13-5 over the Orioles. Colby Rasmus also went deep for the Blue Jays, who won 11 straight in 1987 and again in 1998.

The offensive outburst allowed a shaky Josh Johnson to pick up his first win as a Blue Jay. Johnson was reached for four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Ryan Flaherty homered twice for the Orioles, who allowed a season high for runs to remain to games behind East-leading Boston.

In other AL action:

__Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales had a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL' ih-BAHN'-yehz) connected twice for the Seattle Mariners in a 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. That's the 18th multi-homer game for the 41-year-old Ibanez in his career.

__The Red Sox lost to Detroit 7-5 despite reaching Justin Verlander for four runs and seven hits in five innings. Torii Hunter hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after two Boston errors helped load the bases. Prince Fielder added a two-run single for the Tigers.

__The New York Yankees stayed 2 ½ games behind Boston as the Rays earned a 3-1 victory in the Bronx on James Loney's tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh. Chris Archer pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first win in three starts since June 7.

__Emergency starter Pedro Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings as Minnesota downed Cleveland 5-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham drove in two runs apiece to support Hernandez, who was pressed into service when Mike Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list with a back injury.

__Kansas City turned Chicago errors into a three-run eighth that allowed the Royals to beat the White Sox 7-6. Chicago led 6-5 until Alexei Ramirez misplayed a two-out grounder, allowing two runs to score. The White Sox also wasted Adam Dunn's 20th homer and four RBIs.

Over in the NL:

— Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a stunning 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. Gonzalez broke a 1-all tie with a drive to right field off closer Huston (HYOO'-stuhn) Street, and Ramirez hit the next pitch to right-center to help Los Angeles split the four-game series.

— Justin Ruggiano hit a leadoff homer to get Miami started and capped the game with a two-run shot in the ninth inning to lead the Marlins to their 10th win in their last 11 games in San Francisco, 7-2.

__Atlanta leads the NL East by 6 ½ games over Washington after Brian McCann put the Braves ahead 4-2 with a grand slam in the first inning of a 7-4 victory in Milwaukee. Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer added solo homers for the Braves, who had gone scoreless in 24 consecutive innings before McCann's homer.

__Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) stretched his hitting streak to 21 games by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Colorado's 7-6 win over the Nationals. The Rockies built a 7-0 lead for Jorge De La Rosa, who limited the Nats to a pair of runs and seven hits in six innings to improve to 8-4.

__The New York Mets crushed Philadelphia 8-0 as Matt Harvey allowed two hits over six shutout innings before being lifted following a rain delay. David Wright came within a single of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and two doubles.

__ Cincinnati doubled up NL West-leading Arizona 4-2. Mat Latos (LAY'-tohs) matched his career high with 13 strikeouts as the Reds salvaged the finale of their three-game series.

In interleague play:

__ Ian Kinsler singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning after the Rangers knocked 10-game winner Adam Wainwright out of the game, and Texas completed a soggy three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory Sunday night. They waited out the rain for three hours to start the game.

__ Pittsburgh completed a three-game interleague sweep on the road in Anaheim with a wild 10-9 win in 10 innings over the L.A. Angels. Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game. Starling Marte (MAHR'-tay) capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single.

__Ryan Sweeney socked a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs as the Chicago Cubs mauled Houston 14-6. Anthony Rozzi went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored as part of the Cubs' season-high 16-hit attack.

NBA-CELTICS

AP source: Clippers land Rivers as next coach

BOSTON (AP) — Doc Rivers will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA approves the rare but not unprecedented trade of an active coach. A Boston Celtics official told The Associated Press last night that the deal would bring Boston a first-round draft pick in 2015 in compensation for Rivers.

Rivers has three years and $21 million left on his Boston contract. Rivers took over the Celtics in 2004 in the midst of the longest title drought in franchise history.

The Celtics won the NBA title in 2008, made it to the finals in 2010, but now face a rebuilding program.

STANLEY CUP

B's face a must-win Game 6

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) is day-to-day after being injured in the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Coach Claude Julien (ZHOO'-lee-ehn) said he hopes his star center will be able to play in Game 6 on Monday night. Asked if it was an upper or lower body injury, Julien said, "body."

Bergeron was discharged from a Chicago hospital and flew home with the team Sunday morning. He got off the team bus at the TD Garden, went straight to his car and was driven away.

Bergeron was injured in the second period of Saturday night's 3-1 loss. Chicago leads the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Boston on Monday night.

NHL-MAPLE LEAFS/KINGS TRADE

Leafs get Bernier

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have picked up a potential No. 1 goaltender from the Kings, sending forward Matt Frattin (FRAT'-ihn), backup netminder Ben Scrivens and a pair of second-round picks to Los Angeles for Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay).

The 24-year-old Bernier was 9-3-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage as the backup to Jonathan Quick this year.

NFL-PATRIOTS/HERNANDEZ SEARCH

Authorities mum on probe

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez' home.

A spokeswoman for the Bristol County district attorney's office says officials also are not talking about the cause of death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found on Monday. His death was ruled a homicide.

Hernandez has been questioned and his home searched as part of the police investigation.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Big Ten, Pac-12 to meet in 2 California bowls

UNDATED (AP)— The Big Ten and Pac-12 will have two more opportunities to play each other in California bowl games.

The Big Ten is set to announce new affiliations with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play the Pac-12. The conference and bowls officials are scheduled to hold a teleconference Monday.

BOSTON MARATHON-MEDAL

Winner returns medal to honor marathon victims

BOSTON (AP) — The winner of this year's Boston Marathon has returned his medal to Mayor Thomas Menino. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia did so to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line two months ago.

More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association.

A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was shot and killed three days later during a search for the suspects.

NASCAR-SONOMA

Truex wins at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has won the SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, his first road-course victory and only his second Sprint Cup victory. His only other victory was at Dover in 2007.

Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

INDYCAR-IOWA

Hinchcliffe continues Andretti dominance at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa. (AP) — James Hinchcliffe dominated the IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway, leading all but 24 of 250 laps to become the first three-time winner this season. Hinchcliffe started second and took the lead on the opening lap, ceding control only briefly during pitstops. He gave Andretti Autosport its fourth consecutive victory at Iowa's oval.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe's teammate, battled back from last place to finish second. He was followed by Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal.

RACING-Le MANS

Audi wins again

LE MANS, France (AP) — Audi has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the fourth straight year. Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval steered Audi No. 2 to victory on Sunday, one lap ahead of Toyota No. 8 driven by Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin.

The endurance race was overshadowed by the death of Danish driver Allan Simonsen at the start. He was the first driver fatality at Le Mans since 1997.

GOLF

Duke wins playoff at Travelers...Park wins in Arkansas...Stadler celebrates

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Journeyman Ken Duke made a 2½ foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship to win his first ever PGA Tour event. Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole to force the playoff.

Canadian Graham DeLaet (deh-LEHT') finished a stroke back in third place. Bubba Watson finished fourth

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — World No. 1 Inbee Park sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo), capping her final-round rally and winning the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

The victory is the second straight for Park, who won the LPGA Championship two weeks ago

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Craig Stadler is celebrating a victory for the first time in eight years and almost nine months.

Stadler parred the final hole to win the Champions Tour event near Chicago, finishing one shot ahead of Fred Couples. Stadler birdied four of his first six holes and closed with a 1-under-par 71 for a 13-under total.

Couples shot up the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 to end up one stroke ahead of seven others.

TENNIS-WIMBLEDON

Fortnight begins Monday

WIMBLEDON, England (AP)— Wimbledon begins its two-week run today on Day 1 of the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament. Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who won the 2012 title, is up against Romania's Victor Hanescu (hah-NES'-koo) in the first match of the year on Centre Court.

Also on opening day, English hero and second-seed Andy Murray goes against Benjamin Becker, French Open champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is against Steve Darcis, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) plays David Goffin and No. 11 Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) plays. Lleyton Hewitt.

On the women's side on opening day, second-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) plays. Maria Joao Koehler, No. 3 Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) is against Kristina Mladenovic, No. 8 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) plays CoCo Vandeweghe (VAND'-eh-way) and ninth-seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) plays. Estrella Cabeza Candela

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