No-hitter for Lincecum...Scherzer loses first...Number-36 for Davis
UNDATED (AP) — The second no-hitter of the 2013 Major League season goes to Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm). The wiry San Francisco right-hander struck out 13, throwing 148 pitches in a 9-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. It's the seventh no-hitter in Giants history and first since Matt Cain threw a perfect game last season.
It's the second no-hitter in 11 days. Cincinnati's Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Giants on July 2.
Lincecum got a big assist by Giants right fielder Hunter Pence, who made a spectacular diving catch to catch Alexi Amarista's (ah-mah-REE'-stahz) sinking liner in the eighth inning. Lincecum after the game said he thought for sure that was going to be a hit, but Pence saved him.
The Padres remain the only team without a no-hitter.
In other NL action:
— The L.A. Dodgers blanked Colorado 1-0. Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) retired his first 13 batters before finishing with a two-hitter for a win in his fifth straight start. He's 8-2.
— Pittsburgh doubled up the New York Mets 4-2. Andrew McCutchen hit a tying home run, then delivered a go-ahead single the seventh inning. The Pirates climbed into a tie with St. Louis atop the NL Central.
— The St. Louis Cardinals fell 6-4 to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Matt Garza won his fifth consecutive start. Alfonso Soriano homered.
— Miami rallied to nip Washington 2-1 in 10 innings. Giancarlo Stanton tied it with a ninth inning home run. Then the Marlins rallied to win on a bases-loaded fielder's choice.
— Mike Minor tossed seven strong innings, and also hit a go-ahead double that led the Atlanta Braves over Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds 5-2. Minor improved to 9-4.
— Arizona rallied past Milwaukee 5-4. That's the Diamondbacks' 26th come-from-behind victory this season. They have a two and a-half game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. Didi (dee-dee) Gregorius hit one of Arizona's three solo home runs.
Over in the AL:
— Max Scherzer's unbeaten run is over. The Texas Rangers tagged the Detroit All-Star with his first loss of the season, defeating the Tigers 7-1. Scherzer, who is 13-1, was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. It was Scherzer's first regular-season loss since Sept. 23, a span of 21 starts.
— J.P. Arencibia (ehr-ehn-SIH'-bee-uh) put Toronto ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays overcame home runs by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Davis increased his major-league leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games, a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Jackson is the only player in AL history with more home runs before the All-Star break — 37 in 1969.
— Luke Scott had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning after he tied it with a two-run homer in the fifth in the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-3 victory over Houston.
— Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings to pace slumping Minnesota to a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Deduno improved to 5-4 by scattering six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium. Trevor Plouffe (pluhf), Ryan Doumit (DOH'-miht) and Pedro Florimon homered off of Yankees starter Phil Hughes to help the Twins snap a six-game losing streak.
— Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first career grand slam, Scott Kazmir pitched into the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3.
— A.J. Griffin and Grant Balfour combined on a seven-hitter and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0.
— Seattle blanked the L.A. Angels 6-0. Felix Hernandez threw eight shutout innings and Justin Smoak drove in four runs.
— In the interleague matchup, Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. The Phils earned a split by outlasting the White Sox 2-1 in 13 innings in the second game. Mike Young's RBI single ended it.
Astros lock up Altuve
HOUSTON (AP) — The low-budget Astros have made an investment in their future, signing second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) to a four-year contract through 2017.
The 23-year-old was an All-Star in 2012. He is hitting .280 with 15 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs this season.
In other baseball news:
— Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Locke will sit out next week's All-Star game because of stiffness in his lower back. Locke will also skip his scheduled start on Sunday against the New York Mets. Rookie Gerrit Cole will start in Locke's place.
— L.A. Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig (pweeg) missed Saturday night's game because of a sore left hip. The outfielder left Friday night's game after four innings. His hip has troubled him since he ran into the fence making a catch on July 3. Puig is hitting .392 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs.
— The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
GOLF-U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Allen 's lead down to 2
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Allen is still the leader after the third round of the U.S. Senior Open at 8-under par, but the lead has shrunk. Allen posted a 2-over 72 for a 2-shot lead over hard charging Kenny Perry and Fred Funk.
Allen started the day with a 5-shot lead.
Perry ate into that with a 6-under 64 that saw him go 4-under over the final ten holes. Funk shot a 67 to move into contention.
Torrid Summerhays takes lead
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Daniel Summerhays carded ten birdies during a 9-under 62 that has vaulted him into the lead after three rounds of the John Deere Classic. Summerhays is at 19-under par, good for a two-shot lead over Canada's David Hearn who shot a 64.
Summerhays is looking for his first PGA Tour win.
Defending champ Zach Johnson trails by three shots after posted a 67. He has now shot 19 consecutive rounds in the 60s on the TPC Deer Run course.
Stenson on top, Mickelson in running
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Henrik Stenson shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Scottish Open. Stenson is 16-under par. Phil Mickelson heads up a group of four golfers tied for second, two shots back. Mickelson birdied six of the last 11 holes on the way to a 66 in the tune-up event for next week's British Open.
LPGA-MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Park trails by 7 entering final round
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — South Korea's Hee Young Park fired a bogey-free 10-under 61 to take the lead after three rounds of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Her 20-under total puts her one shot ahead of Angela Stafford who shot 64 in round three. Catriona Matthew shot 68 to trail by two.
It looks like Inbee Park is going to come up short in her quest for a fourth straight tournament victory. She trails by seven shots after shooting a 68.
Howard looking forward to time in Houston...Mavs sign Ellis
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard hopes to get back to enjoying basketball after signing a free agent contract with Houston.
The team's big off-season acquisition was introduced at a Saturday news conference that was attended by a slew of Rockets legends including Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-KEEM' ah-LAH'-zhoo-wahn) and Yao Ming.
Howard gets a four-year deal worth about $88 million. Howard has averaged more than 18 points and almost 13 rebounds in his nine-year career.
In other NBA news:
— The Dallas Mavericks have made their biggest free agent play in a busy offseason, adding shooting guard Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis to their backcourt. Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban said in an email Saturday that Ellis has agreed to a contract, reportedly a three-year deal valued between $25 million and $30 million.
— The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard O.J. Mayo to a three-year, $24 million contract. The 25-year-old Mayo averaged 15.3 points for Dallas last season. His signing should help the Bucks deal with the loss of J.J. Redick to the Clippers and the expected departure of Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis.
— Jeff Teague is still a member of the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet the restricted free agent point guard signed with Milwaukee.
Kyle Busch wins 58th career race
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Kyle Busch needed some OT to grab that checkered flag in at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Busch dominated in regulation, then proved he had the car to beat in three attempts of NASCAR's version of overtime to win the Nationwide Series race.
Busch needed to drive 213 laps of a scheduled 200-lap race to win his seventh race of the season. He snapped a four-race winless streak and won his 58th career Nationwide race.
Dixon wins at Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Scott Dixon passed Sebastien Bourdais (bohr-DAY') with nine laps to go to win the first of two weekend IndyCar races on the street course at Toronto.
Bourdais was second in his first podium finish since the 2007 Champ Car season.
Pole-sitter Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) finished third.
Dixon is the pole-sitter for Sunday's second race of the weekend doubleheader, with teammate Franchitti also starting on the front row.
Americans rally against Cuba
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Joe Corona's first international goal put the United States on top and the American went on to a 4-1 win over Cuba to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
Chris Wondolowski came off the bench to score twice for the US, giving him five goals in the last two matches. Landon Donovan scored on penalty kick late in the first half to pull the Americans even.
D-Backs on the air in Navajo
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly 92 years after a major league game was first broadcast on radio, the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first big-league team to have its game broadcast in Navajo.
Dan Arnold and George LaFrance had the play-by-play call of Saturday night's game against the Brewers on KTNN, a Navajo-language AM station broadcasting from Window Rock in northern Arizona.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome defends yellow jersey on stage 15 of Tour
LYON, France (AP) — Riders have set off on the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the longest of the race and finishing with an epic climb up Mont Ventoux.
Tour leader Chris Froome defends the yellow jersey over the 151 miles from Givors in the wine-making Rhone Valley before ending with a mammoth 13-mile ascent of Ventoux in the Provence region.
Froome leads Dutchman Bauke Mollema by two minutes, 28 seconds and the two-time former champion Alberto Contador, his main rival, is 2:45 back in third.