Monday, August 17
MONDAY, AUG. 17
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Ramirez, Pirates rough up Mets after rain for series sweep
NEW YORK (AP) — Aramis Ramirez had four hits and three RBIs, Pedro Alvarez homered and Pittsburgh roughed up the sloppy Mets after a rain delay Sunday for an 8-1 victory that sealed the Pirates' first season series sweep of New York.
Alvarez, Ramirez and Gregory Polanco each had run-scoring hits in a four-run seventh, putting this game out of reach after the teams played extra innings the previous two nights.
Pittsburgh also scored on a passed ball by Travis d'Arnaud in their sixth straight win over a potential postseason foe. The Pirates swept the Mets in a three-game set at home in May.
Alvarez and d'Arnaud each homered in the second inning off starters Matt Harvey and Jeff Locke, who matched each other in a gritty duel until a sudden sun shower turned to a heavy storm in the bottom of the sixth.
Bobby Parnell (1-3), who got the defeat in the opener of the series Friday, was booed as he yielded four runs.
Arquimedes Caminero (4-1) was the winner.
Braun's grand slam ties Yount, Brewers top Phillies 6-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a grand slam to tie Robin Yount's franchise home run mark, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday and a sweep of the season series.
Rookie Taylor Jungmann (7-4) set a career high with nine strikeouts in 6 1-3 scoreless innings. Francisco Rodriguez converted his 29th save by getting out of two-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
Braun finished with five RBIs. His 251st career homer came with two outs in the fifth when he hit Aaron Harang's fastball off the scoreboard girder in left-center field.
Harang (5-14) had been solid for the Phillies until that point. The right-hander leads the majors in losses, as does Philadelphia, which has dropped five of its last six and is 46-72 overall.
Leading 1-0 following Braun's RBI force out in the first, Milwaukee scored five times in the fifth, capped by the All-Star's big blast.
Igboananike scores twice, Fire plays Union to 3-3 draw
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Kennedy Igboananike scored his second goal of the game in extra time and Sean Johnson had eight saves to help the Chicago Fire rally for a 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night.
Igboananike tied it in the 92nd minute, finding the top-left corner of the net. He put away a left-footer, splitting two defenders at the top of the 6-yard box, off a cross from Patrick Nyarko in the ninth minute.
Goals by Fernando Aristeguieta and Fabio Alves gave Philadelphia (6-13-5) a 2-1 lead at the half.
Patrick Nyarko scored in the 54th, off a cross by Igboananike, to make it 2-2, but Sebastien Le Toux put the Union back on top with a right-footer from the middle of the box in the 90th minute.
Philadelphia is winless in its last five matches and hasn't won a game in which it conceded the first goal this season.
Chicago (6-12-5) is 0-16-5 on the road since beating New England on July 12, 2014.
US women rout Costa Rica 8-0 to begin victory tour
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Christen Press scored three goals to power the United States to an 8-0 exhibition romp over Costa Rica on Sunday in its first game since winning the Women's World Cup in Canada last month.
The game marked the opening of a victory tour by the Americans and was played before a crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field.
Meghan Klingenberg grew up in Pittsburgh and rewarded her hometown fans with a goal. Heather O'Reilly added two goals, with the other scores coming from Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen
Press was two of Sunday's six starters who did not start in the World Cup final. Forward Alex Morgan did not play, having undergone minor knee surgery following the World Cup. Goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Abby Wambach entered in the second half.
Tebow runs for a score, Eagles beat Colts 36-10
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Tebow got a warm Philly welcome.
Tebow threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first game in two years, Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-10 Sunday.
Tebow got a standing ovation when he entered midway through the third quarter and the crowd roared so loud when his name was introduced he had to quiet them down because he was taking the snap in a shotgun.
He dove into the pylon on a 7-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 yards rushing on four carries. He completed 6 of 12 passes and was sacked twice.
Tebow hadn't played since the 2013 preseason with New England until the Eagles (1-0) signed him to compete with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Barkley was 12 of 20 for 192 yards and one interception.
Steelers' James Harrison wants to return sons' trophies
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn't expect a trophy just for showing up. The same goes for his sons.
The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.
Harrison wrote while he's very proud of his two boys — who are both in elementary school — "these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."
The 37-year-old says he doesn't want his sons to feel entitled, adding "cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better."