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FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

MLB:

Colorado (J.Gray 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 9-6), 7:05 p.m.

San Diego (Kennedy 8-11) at Philadelphia (Nola 4-1), 7:05 p.m.

PIRATES-MARLINS

Cole gets 15th win, Pirates top Marlins 2-1

MIAMI (AP) — Gerrit Cole snapped the longest winless drought of his career, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on to beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Thursday night.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli tripled and scored in the second inning for the Pirates, who took three out of four in the series. Alvarez made it 2-0 in the fourth on his 21st homer — the 18th of the solo variety.

Cole (15-7) allowed one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out four and walking none. Cole hadn't gotten the win in any of his previous five starts, and the Pirates are 45-22 all-time when he takes the mound.

Justin Nicolino (2-2) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings for the Marlins, who got two hits apiece from Marcell Ozuna and Martin Prado.

METS-PHILLIES

Murphy leads Mets to sweep of Phillies, 9-5 in 13 innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the 13th inning after making a spectacular defensive play to end the 10th, leading the New York Mets to their seventh straight victory, 9-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

Reliever Carlos Torres led off the 13th with a single to center, went to second on Curtis Granderson's single to left and they both scored on Murphy's opposite-field hit off Hector Neris (2-2). Helped by two errors by Neris, the Mets scored two more runs in the inning.

Murphy sent the game to the 11th with a tremendous defensive play. Jeff Francoeur's hard liner deflected off Torres' leg toward first base. Murphy made a diving stop before flipping a no-look toss toward the bag that was caught by hustling Torres, who beat Francoeur by a half-step.

Torres (5-5) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

MLB-SAFETY NETS

Fan at Phils game hurt soon after Manfred talks about safety

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman has been injured by a foul ball at a Philadelphia Phillies game, hours after the Major League Baseball commissioner was at the stadium and spoke about fan safety.

Commissioner Rob Manfred talked at Citizens Bank Park before the New York Mets played the Phillies on Thursday night. He said there was a chance that protective changes could be made as early as next season.

Several fans around the majors have been hurt by foul balls and flying bats this season. The injuries have prompted players and others to call for extra safety netting at ballparks.

In the second inning, a fan sitting five rows off the field was hit in the forehead by a foul off the bat of Freddy Galvis of the Phillies.

The woman was sitting just to the right of where the netting ends. Fans around her immediately motioned for medical personnel and Phillies players threw a towel from the dugout to help stop any bleeding.

The woman eventually was helped to the concourse.

STEELERS-TRANSITION GAME

Steelers rookies trying to find niche in new spots

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookies Tyler Murphy and Anthony Chickillo are trying to learn the NFL and a new position at the same time.

Murphy played quarterback at Florida and Boston College but moved to wide receiver when the Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent. Chickillo was a defensive end at Miami but is transitioning to outside linebacker in Pittsburgh.

Murphy says he still thinks he is a quarterback but understands he needs to be versatile. He caught a touchdown pass in last Sunday's exhibition win over Green Bay.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler praised Chickillo's ability but says it could take several years for him to get comfortable at linebacker.

The Steelers play at Buffalo on Saturday.

CALIFORNIA-TEXAS

Texas beats California in 8 innings to reach LLWS title game

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Pearland, Texas, hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, and a berth in the U.S. championship game at the Little League World Series.

After Bonita pulled ahead 7-6 in the top of the second extra inning, starting pitcher Ben Gottfried hit a tying solo shot and Caleb Low ended it with a two-run homer.

Pearland will play undefeated Lewisberry, Pennsylvania — the closest thing to a home team — for the U.S. championship Saturday. The winner will face the International bracket champion on Sunday for the World Series title.

Lewisberry beat Pearland 3-0 on Wednesday night to earn a berth in the title game.

Zack Mack had a grand slam and an RBI single for Pearland, which hit four homers in all.

MEXICO-VENEZUELA

Mexico advances to International title game at LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Left-hander Daniel Zaragoza gave up only three hits and doubled home a pair of runs Thursday, leading Mexicali Baja California, Mexico, to an 11-0 victory over Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and a berth in the International championship game at the Little League World Series.

Mexicali will play Tokyo for the title Saturday. The winner will face the U.S. champion a day later for the World Series championship.

Mexicali hoped to get another game against undefeated Tokyo after losing to the Japanese team 3-1 early in the tournament.

Zaragoza's double in the second inning made it 2-0. Alberto Bustos had a two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth as Mexicali pulled away. Catcher Raul Leon added a three-run homer, his second in two games.

Zaragoza gave up three singles in 5 2-3 innings, leaving after reaching the limit with 89 pitches.

OBIT-DARRYL DAWKINS

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

UNDATED (AP) — Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58.

The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. No cause of death was immediately announced and an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Dawkins spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games.

He was selected No. 5 in the 1975 NBA draft by the 76ers.

INDYCAR-DAVID LETTERMAN

AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.

The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattles off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. — and wonders "maybe we've reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer."

Letterman expressed his grief in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his Montana ranch. He spoke just two days after Wilson died from a head injury suffered when he was struck by a piece of debris at Pocono Raceway.

Letterman is part owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.