Red Sox pull one out at Fenway
BOSTON (AP) — The Detroit Tigers received another outstanding performance from their starting rotation, but it wasn't enough to stop the Red Sox from evening the American League Championship Series at one game apiece.
David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning before Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) supplied a walkoff single to lift the Red Sox past the Tigers 6-5. The Bosox rallied from a 5-1 deficit after Max Scherzer held them to two hits while striking out 13 over seven innings.
Ortiz went deep off Joaquin Benoit (BEHN'-wah), who blew Detroit's no-hit bid in the ninth inning on Saturday night.
Jonny Gomes (gohmz) started the winning rally with an infield single and continued to second on a bad throw by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Gomes moved to third on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Rick Porcello before scoring the winning run.
Scherzer gave Boston fans little reason to believe the Red Sox had a comeback in them. Scherzer was working on a no-hitter until Shane Victorino laced a two-out single in the sixth and scored on Dustin Pedroia's (peh-DROY'-uhz) double. It was the first scoring by the Red Sox in the series, and the first run allowed by the Tigers since Game 4 of the division series.
Alex Avila put the Tigers ahead with an RBI single in the second before Detroit strung together a four-run sixth. Miguel Cabrera ignited the sixth-inning rally with a solo homer and Victor Martinez added an RBI double before Avila ripped a two-run blast to right.
The five runs came against Clay Buchholz, who was tagged for eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Game 3 is Tuesday in Detroit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are awaiting results of a CT scan on his left ribs. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday. He was a late scratch for Game 2, a 1-0 defeat that left the Dodgers trailing St. Louis 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
The third game is Monday in Los Angeles.
Broncos, Chiefs still perfect...Pats shock Saints with late TD...Seahawks win
UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL's only unbeaten teams after winning this afternoon.
Peyton Manning threw for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and Knowshon (NOH'-shahn) Moreno ran for three TDs in the second half as the Broncos beat Jacksonville 35-19 to improve to 6-0. But the Jaguars trailed just 14-12 after Paul Posluszny (pahz-LOOS'-nee) returning a Manning interception 59 yards for a TD just before halftime.
The Chiefs are 6-0 following a 24-7 win over visiting Oakland. Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns in the win as the Chiefs piled up 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the 2-4 Raiders, and a six-game losing streak against them at Arrowhead Stadium.
New Orleans was seconds away from improving to 6-0 until Tom Brady's first touchdown pass in two games gave the New England Patriots a 30-27 win over the Saints. Brady hit Kenbrell Thompkins for the go-ahead, 17-yard TD with five seconds left, less than 3 ½ minutes after Kenny Stills caught a 34-yard scoring strike from Drew Brees (breez) to put the Saints ahead 24-23.
Stevan Ridley ran for two short touchdowns and Brady had 269 passing yards for the 5-1 Patriots.
In the wake of his son's death, Adrian Peterson played for the Vikings in their 35-10 loss to the Panthers. Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions. He learned on Friday of the death of his 2-year-old son, who died of injuries after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. The man charged in the case was home alone with the boy and called 911 to report the child was choking.
Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Carolina upped its record to 2-3.
Also in the NFL:
— Seattle is 5-1 after Marshawn Lynch rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-13 victory against Tennessee. Lynch scored on a three-yard run to put the Seahawks ahead 20-10 with 7:33 remaining. Russell Wilson accounted for 318 total yards, including 61 on 10 carries. Wilson was 23 of 31 of 257 yards and no interceptions as the Seahawks earned their 11th straight home win.
— The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer winless. They beat the Jets 19-6 as Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders and Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals. The win was the 600th in franchise history, including the postseason, making Pittsburgh just the fourth team to reach the milestone. The Jets are now 3-3.
— Defending NFL champion Baltimore is 3-3 after a 19-17 loss at home to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson and Mason Crosby kicked four field goals in the win. The victory is the first on the road this season for the Packers, who are 3-2. Rodgers went 17 for 32 for 315 yards and Eddie Lacy rushed for 120 yards. The Ravens had won 14 straight at home against NFC opponents.
— Backup quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth as the Eagles kept Tampa Bay winless with a 31-20 win. With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the 0-5 Bucs for the second time. The Eagles are now 3-3.
— The Browns' three game winning streak is over as they were beaten at home by the Lions, 31-17. Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes while the Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half. The 4-2 Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half. Lions running back Reggie Bush finished with 135 total yards, 121 in the second half. Stafford was 25 of 43 for 248 yards.
— Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and St. Louis added a score on defense and special teams in a 38-13 win over Houston. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub suffered an apparent right ankle injury and was replaced by T.J. Yates. The Rams are 3-3 and the Texans 2-4.
— Frank Gore ran for 101 yards and Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) threw for another 252 as San Francisco beat Arizona 32-20 to move to 4-2. Kaepernick threw TD passes of 61 and 35 yards to Vernon Davis in the second quarter, but the 49ers led just 22-20 until Kendall Hunter ran six yards for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining. Carson Palmer threw for 298 yards and two TDs, but he was picked off twice and tackled in the end zone for a safety as the Cardinals dropped to 3-3.
— Mike Nugent hit a 43-yard field goal with 6:44 left in overtime to lift the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a productive day connecting on 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards and three scores. The 2-4 Bills were led by quarterback Thad Lewis, who was filling in for injured rookie EJ Manuel. Lewis went 19 of 32 for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
— Dwayne Harris sparked the Dallas Cowboys' 31-16 win over Washington by becoming the third player with both punt and kickoff returns over 85 yards in a regular-season game. Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return. He finished with 222 total return yards as the 3-3 Cowboys won on owner Jerry Jones' 71st birthday. Tony Romo had just 170 yards passing a week after getting 506 in a wild 51-48 loss to Denver.
Change in the AP poll
UNDATED (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has set a record for most schools in The Associated Press college football poll with eight ranked teams. The Top 25 has a new look after Saturday upsets as seven ranked teams were beaten, including five teams that were unranked or lower ranked. Stanford dropped eight spots and Michigan fell from the poll.
The top four was unchanged, with No. 1 Alabama receiving 55 of 60 first-place votes. The No. 2 team remains Oregon, followed by Clemson and Ohio State. Florida State moved up to No. 5 to set up a top-five matchup at Clemson next week.
Stanford lost at Utah and is now No. 13, becoming the first top-10 team this season to lose to an unranked team. Michigan drops out after losing to Penn State.
Coyotes coming home with three-game winning streak...Devils still winless
UNDATED (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes are in pretty good shape as they head home from a five-game road trip. They ended up 3-2 on the trek by picking up their third straight win, downing the Hurricanes 5-3.
Rob Klinkhammer' second goal of the game snapped a 3-3 tie 22 seconds into the third period. Shane Doan, Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski also scored to support Mike Smith's 31 saves.
Also on ice:
— New Jersey is 0-3-3 after Al Montoya stopped 23 shots in Winnipeg's 3-0 shutout of the Devils. Evander Kane scored the Jets' first two goals, including an empty-netter with 57 seconds left before Andrew Ladd capped the scoring.
— Anaheim's Corey Perry scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf had the game-winner in a 4-1 verdict over Ottawa. Bobby Ryan scored against his ex-teammates to ruin Jonas Hiller's shutout bid.
— Ben Scrivens claimed his third career shutout by stopping 20 shots in the Kings' 3-0 win at Florida. Jordan Nolan had a goal and an assist, while Justin Williams and Daniel Carcillo also scored in the Kings' third straight win.
FORMULA ONE-JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
Vettel wins another race
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel earned his ninth win of the season by taking the Japanese Grand Prix. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two finish ahead of teammate and pole sitter Mark Webber. Vettel has won the last five races on the schedule.
He now leads the seasonal points total by 90 over Fernando Alonso with four races remaining on the schedule. If he wins a fourth straight F1 championship, he would equal the accomplishment of Michael Schumacher (SHOO'-mah-kur) and the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio (FAHN'-gee-oh).
Walker "Masters" Frys.com Open
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Walker has played himself into next year's Masters by winning for the first time in 188th career PGA starts.
Walker closed with a 5-under-par 66 to finish two strokes ahead of Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing) at the Frys.com Open in California. His 17-under-par total included a 62 in the third round.
The win also allows Walker to crack the top 50 for the first time and gets him a spot in the Tournament of Champions in Maui.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Strong finish leads to win for Cochran
Cary, N.C. (AP) — Russ Cochran holed a 5-foot putt on the final hole for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship. The 54-year-old Cochran closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under-par. The left-hander has five Champions Tour victories after winning once on the PGA Tour.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — American teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 69 to win the LPGA Malaysia title by four strokes. It's the second career LPGA win for the 18-year old. She finished 19-under-par, in front of China's Feng Shanshan. South Korea's Ilhee Lee, the leader after two rounds, tied for third with Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn). Thompson also won the Navistar LPGA Classic 2011.
World doping agency probing Jamaica
UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the world's anti-doping authority is launching an "extraordinary" audit of Jamaica's drug-testing agency following allegations that its policing of the island's sprinting superstars led by Usain Bolt all but collapsed in the months before the London Games,
WADA's probe follows data the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission revealed to the Caribbean's oldest newspaper indicating a near complete breakdown in JADCO's out-of-competition testing from January 2012 to the July opening of the Olympics.
In an interview with The Associated Press, JADCO chairman Herbert Elliott dismissed Renee Anne Shirley's figures as lies. But the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed to the AP that there was "a significant gap of no testing" — and that it is concerned enough to investigate.