Dodgers finally arrive at break-even point, close in on Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hit consecutive homers in the 14th inning off Josh Collmenter, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Los Angeles has won 15 of 18 to move within 1 1-2 half games of the NL West lead after its first sweep of Arizona since 2010.
Ellis tied the game with a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth inning off Heath Bell and Ramirez hit the first pitch of the 14th off Collmenter (4-2) just over the wall in right field. Five pitches later, Ellis made it 7-5 with his fourth homer.
Kenley Jansen (3-3) pitched the final two innings for the Dodgers, who used all of their position players and had Zack Greinke, Monday's starter, pinch hit in the 10th inning.
Arizona went through eight pitchers in the 19th game in the majors to go at least 14 innings this season, according to STATS. There were 20 total last season.
Streaking Rays work overtime...Ortiz all-time DH
UNDATED (AP) — It took a while but the Tampa Bay Rays' winning streak is now seven. Ben Zobrist delivered the walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning of the Rays' 4-3 win over Minnesota.
Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Pressly into the gap in right-center field to end a 4-hour, 47-minute game that featured 35 strikeouts — 19 for Rays pitchers.
Tampa Bay climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500.
In the rest of the AL:
— Boston's David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball's career leader in hits by a designated hitter. Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH in his first at-bat and also homered in the Red Sox' 11-4 rout of Seattle.
— Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the New York Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. That ends a three-game Yankee slide.
— Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold (RY'-mohld) in a 6-1 victory over Texas.
— Prince Fielder homered, Rick Porcello pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from an embarrassing loss with an 8-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Detroit allowed 23 hits in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
— Toronto scored three times in the top of the ninth to post a 5-4 win over Cleveland, which made it close with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Tribe fell three and a-half games back of the AL Central-leading Tigers.
In NL play:
— The Washington Nationals hit four solo homers off Cliff Lee in their 5-1 win over Philadelphia. Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos, Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') and Ryan Zimmerman all went deep to help Gio Gonzalez win his fourth straight game. Gonzalez is 7-3.
— Former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler pitched seven sharp innings, Marlon Byrd homered again and the New York Mets completed their first sweep in San Francisco since 1994 with a 7-2 win. The defending World Series champion Giants have lost 16 of 19.
— Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a 10-game RBI drought with a two-run double in the four-run first to help Miami top Atlanta 6-2. Placido Polanco drove in three runs as the Marlins snapped a five-game losing streak.
— Mike Leake (leek) bounced back from a rare bad outing by scattering four hits over 8 1/3 innings in Cincinnati's 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Leake retired 13 straight at one stretch between the fifth and ninth innings to improve to 8-4. Brandon Phillips contributed three RBIs to help the Reds break a three-game losing streak.
— Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa took a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning and Colorado held on to give the left-hander his straight win against the San Diego Padres, 5-4.
In interleague action:
__ After losing their first 11 interleague meetings with Seattle, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Mariners. Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as the Pirates blanked the Mariners 5-0. Liriano is 9-3. He has won four straight starts and has a 1.26 ERA over that span.
__ The L.A. Angels trounced the Chicago Cubs 13-2. Josh Hamilton homered twice. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz), Brendan Harris and Mark Trumbo also went deep. The Angels have won 11 of 14.
__ The St. Louis Cardinals held off Houston 5-4. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer for the NL Central-leading Cards. Edward Mujica (moo-HEE'-kuh) earned his 25th save in 26 tries. He has appeared in six consecutive games, going 1-1 with four saves.
Harvey to miss start...Darvish DL'd
UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will skip his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, possibly setting the stage for him to start for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game. Manager Terry Collins says a minor blister has recently bothered the rookie. Harvey is considered a top candidate to get the start at the Mets' Citi Field. He's 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with 147 strikeouts.
In other baseball news:
— Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers and will miss the All-Star Game next week. Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back.
— San Francisco pitcher Chad Gaudin (GOH'-din) is facing a lewdness charge after being accused of touching a woman's breast at a Las Vegas hospital earlier this year. Gaudin's attorney says the pitcher is suffering from an illness that causes disorientation. The 30-year-old was arrested Jan. 27 and charged earlier this month with open and gross lewdness, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. The arrest wasn't publicized back in January and the newspaper reported on the case yesterday.
— Police in Georgia say the wife of former major league pitcher Kris Benson is in jail without bond after her husband accused her of threatening him with a gun. Smyrna police say 37-year-old Anna Benson was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and trespassing.
— Ryan Howard had surgery yesterday to repair a tear in his left knee. The Philadelphia Phillies' slugger will miss between six to eight weeks.
AP source: Bynum to the Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.
The free agent center, who never played one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs. That's according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Bynum's deal with the Cavs has $6 million in guaranteed money, and could reach $24 million with incentives.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers formally signed free agent small forward Dorell Wright and acquired center Robin Lopez and forward Thomas Robinson in trades, sealing three of several deals the team struck last week. The Blazers got Lopez in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Sacramento that sent guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans and guard Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez to the Kings.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks acquired Andrea Bargnani (ahn-DRAY'-uh barn-YAH'-nee) from Toronto for center Marcus Camby and forwards Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson. The Knicks also sent the Raptors a 2016 first-round draft pick and second-round selections in 2014 and 2017.
The Knicks also announced that Pablo Prigioni is coming back for another season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have picked up the option on coach Mark Jackson's contract for 2014-15. Jackson took the Warriors from a 23-43 record during the lockout-shortened season his first year to a 47-35 mark last season. That earned the Warriors the Western Conference's sixth seed and they eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The NBA has confirmed the three-team trade that will send swingman Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH'-lah) to the Golden State Warriors, guard Randy Foye to the Denver Nuggets and a trio of expiring contracts along with a package of draft picks to the Utah Jazz. The trade announced Wednesday started when the Warriors reached a free agent agreement with Iguodala on a four-year, $48 million deal last week.
ATLANTA (AP) — Free agent Paul Millsap has signed a two-year, $19 million contract with Atlanta. The power forward will be combined with Al Horford, Kyle Korver and Lou Williams in hopes of keeping the team competitive in the Eastern Conference. The signing of Millsap fills the void left by the signing of Josh Smith by Detroit.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have signed Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract. Detroit will likely start the 27-year-old Smith in its frontcourt with power forward Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond. Smith led Atlanta with 17.5 points per game last season.
MIAMI (AP) — Chris "Birdman" Andersen has signed a $1.7 million, one-year deal to return to the NBA champion Miami Heat. The forward averaged 4.9 points in 42 games last season off the Heat bench, then averaged 6.4 points in 20 playoff games.
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have signed free-agent forward Mike Dunleavy (DUHN'-lee-vee) to a two-year deal. He averaged 10.5 points last season for the Milwaukee Bucks and shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range. Dunleavy is entering his 12th NBA season.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired J.J. Redick and sent Eric Bledsoe and Caron (kuh-RAHN') Butler to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team trade. The deal, which also sends Jared Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers, had been reported earlier but could not be officially announced by the teams until NBA rules allowed it. The Milwaukee Bucks obtained two second-round draft picks as part of the trade.
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson is leaving his post on Aug. 1, and Rod Thorn will return to the league office as president of basketball operations. Jackson spent more than 13 years at the NBA and, in his current position, was in charge of all rules, conduct and discipline on the court.
Rask gets new deal with Bruins
BOSTON (AP) — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (TOO'-kah rask) has signed an eight-year contract to stay with Boston. The Bruins say that the annual salary cap charge on Rask's contract is $7 million but they didn't reveal the total value of the deal.
Rask was 19-10-5 with a 2.00 goals against average in the regular season. He had a 1.88 goals against average in the playoffs where he led the Bruins into the Stanley Cup final.
In other hockey news:
— The St. Louis Blues have traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. Perron, a 25-year old left-wing, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 48 games for St. Louis last season. In his career, Perron has 84 goals and 114 assists in 340 games.
TOUR DE FRANCE
MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) — German rider Tony Martin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France and second-place man Chris Froome finished way ahead of his main rivals to significantly improve his overall lead. Froome was fastest over the first two time splits. But he slowed down in the last section and rolled in 12 seconds slower than Martin.