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Tucker’s pinch HR lifts Astros over Texas in starters’ duel
UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2.
The four-game series finale began as an impressive duel between starting pitchers. Tucker’s two-run blast came off Matt Bush, the first reliever for Texas after left-hander Martin Perez took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up his only run for a no-decision.
Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander struck out eight and was the winner. He allowed only one run over seven innings in only his fourth start since Tommy John surgery.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Carlos Correa broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs and the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 7-1 victory on Thursday. Gio Urshela, Trevor Larnach, and Gilbert Celestino each had two hits for the Twins. Minnesota has won seven straight and finished off a 6-0 homestand that also included a sweep of the White Sox. Correa entered the game on an 0-for-10 skid that had dropped his batting average to .167. He came through with a two-run double in the fifth, an RBI single in the sixth and another single in the eighth.
— Rookie Kyle Isbel hit a two-run single in Kansas City’s three-run 10th inning, and the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2. Whit Merrifield scored the go-ahead run in the 10th when White Sox catcher Reese McGuire was charged with a passed ball with the bases loaded and two out. Isbel, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha before the game, got his hit off left-hander Aaron Bummer. Chicago was held to three hits through the first seven innings, but tied it in the eighth. Royals starter Brad Keller induced 12 groundball outs and didn’t throw more than 15 pitches in any of his seven innings.
— Brett Phillips bounced a tiebreaking single off pitcher Chris Flexen’s leg in the seventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1. With Harold Ramirez on third base and two out in a 1-1 game, Phillips grounded a comebacker at Flexen that caromed off the pitcher’s right leg toward the left side of the infield, which was vacated by a shift. Ramirez scored easily. J.P. Feyereisen got the win after pitching a perfect seventh and eighth. Ryan Thompson, the Rays’ sixth pitcher of the game, struck out pinch-hitter Tom Murphy with a runner on second to end the game and earn his second save.
— Aaron Judge hit a long three-run homer moments after Baltimore committed its fifth error of the game, and the surging New York Yankees beat the sloppy Orioles 10-5. Judge hit his fifth homer two batters after shortstop Jorge Mateo committed his second error by misplaying DJ LeMahieu’s grounder. After Tim Locastro scored on a wild pitch by Paul Fry, Judge blasted a slider into the left-center field seats. Judge also had a tying hit and Anthony Rizzo delivered a go-ahead single during New York’s four-run fifth, when all the runs were unearned.
— Zack Wheeler tossed one-hit ball over six shutout innings and Alec Bohm homered to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-1 victory. Wheeler won his first game of the season. He struck out seven and walked four. The Rockies were swept in a four-game series in Philadelphia for the first time since July 2010. Phillies slugger Bryce Harper marked the 10-year anniversary of his MLB debut.
— Ha-Seong Kim hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 to complete a season sweep in the series. Left fielder Tommy Pham just missed a diving catch of Kim’s two-out, sinking line drive. Reliever Tony Santillan hit two batters, walked another and threw a wild pitch while San Diego sent nine batters to the plate. Santillan avoided further damage when center fielder Jake Fraley made a diving catch of Jake Cronenworth’s drive to the warning track. Manny Machado had four hits, giving him seven in the last two games as San Diego improved to 6-0 against the Reds this season.
— Alek Manoah struck out seven and pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0. The 24-year-old Manoah walked only one batter as the Blue Jays took three of four from their AL East rival. Manoah, in his second season, won his eighth in a row dating to last year. The Blue Jays have gone 20-4 in his 24 career starts. The Blue Jays’ lone run was unearned off starter Garrett Whitlock in the third inning. Lourdes Gurriell Jr. (gur-ee-EHL’) reached on a one-out error to Red Sox shortstop Christian Arroyo, moved to second after a walk to Raimel Tapia and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s two-out single.
— Andrew McCutchen’s go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth inning rallied the Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep. McCutchen, a five-time All-Star in Pittsburgh, began the game with a leadoff home run. In the ninth, he delivered a single to right field off Pirates closer Chris Stratton. McCutchen, now primarily a designated hitter for the Brewers, finished with three hits to boost his batting average to .250.
— Trevor Rogers provided his longest outing of the season by allowing one run in six innings, and the Miami Marlins stretched their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 sweep-completing victory over the reeling Washington Nationals. Rogers gave up just two hits against a Nationals lineup that has produced merely 16 runs during a current eight-game losing skid. Cole Sulser worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to get his first save of 2022 in his first chance. Nationals starter Patrick Corbin is 0-4. The Marlins are 10-8. The Nationals fell to 6-15.
Royals shortstop Mondesi has torn ACL
UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi’s (ah-dehl-BEHR’-toh MAHN’-deh-seez) season is in jeopardy after tests today revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
The 26-year-old Mondesi was injured on an attempted pickoff play Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Nicky Lopez, who started 141 games at shortstop in 2021, likely will move from second base to shortstop.
Mondesi played in only 35 games in 2021 because of left hamstring and left oblique injuries. He had started 14 of 15 games this season.
In other MLB news:
— The Atlanta Braves have reinstated outfielder Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. from the injury list more than a week ahead of the team’s target date for his return from knee surgery. Acuña is expected to hit leadoff Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs. He may initially split time between right field and designated hitter. The defending World Series champion Braves have struggled with an 8-11 record to start the season. The Braves will be looking for Acuña to provide a boost to their lineup. Acuña hit .368 with three stolen bases in six games with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Butler, Morris, Heat fined by NBA for actions in Hawks game
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA fined two Miami Heat players and the team itself a total of $55,000 on Thursday, over two incidents in the team’s series-clinching win earlier this week against the Atlanta Hawks.
Markieff Morris was fined $25,000 for interfering with live game play while on the bench.
Jimmy Butler was fined $15,000 for making what it described as an obscene gesture and the
Heat were also fined $15,000 for turning a video of the gesture into a social media post. The social media post has since been deleted from the team account.
Jags pick up 5th-year option on pass rusher Josh Allen
UNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised the fifth-year option in pass rusher Josh Allen’s rookie contract. The move keeps Allen under contract for two more seasons and fully guarantees his 2023 salary at $11.5 million.
The former Kentucky standout and seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft has 20 1/2 sacks in three years, including 10 1/2 as a rookie in 2019. He made the Pro Bowl as an alternate that season and looked like a budding star. But he hasn’t been the same since. He missed eight games in 2020 because of injuries and managed just two sacks over the final eight games last season.
In other NFL news:
— The New York Giants have picked up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. The Giants announced the move ahead of tonight’s NFL draft. Lawrence was the 17th overall pick in the 2019 draft. The Clemson product has played in 48 games over his first three seasons, missing one game. The 342-pound lineman has registered nine sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 30 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups in his career. He will be under contract through the end of the 2023 season.
— The NFL draft starts Thursday night in Las Vegas. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick for the second straight year. Two elite pass rushers, Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan or Travon Walker of Georgia, are expected to be top selections. The first round is Thursday night, with the second and third rounds Friday night and the final four rounds on Saturday.
Dustin Brown to retire after 18 seasons with Kings
EL SEGUNO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown will retire after this season, his 18th with the club. The 37-year-old made the announcement Thursday ahead of the Kings’ regular-season finale.
Brown has played in a franchise record 1,295 regular-season games. He was a first-round draft pick in 2003. Brown spent eight seasons as the Kings’ captain, raising the Stanley Cup first after both of the team’s championships in 2012 and 2014.
Los Angeles will face Edmonton in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
— Joe Pavelski is a point-a-game player at 37 years old for the Dallas Stars. He is part of the top line with 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson and his fellow 20-something forward Roope Hintz. Coach Rick Bowness said that line has carried Dallas all season. The wild-card Stars are the only of the 16 teams heading into the playoffs while being outscored this season The Pavelski-Robertson-Hintz line has combined for 230 points. That is four shy of matching the highest-scoring trio that was part of the team’s first season in Dallas nearly three decades ago.
Bolton fifth Gonzaga starter to declare for NBA draft
UNDATED (AP) — Guard Rasir Bolton has become the fifth Gonzaga starter to declare for the NBA draft. He announced his decision on social media.
Bolton played one season at Penn State and two more at Iowa State before transferring to Gonzaga. He is eligible for a second season at Gonzaga due to a COVID-19 waiver granted to all players who competed in 2020-21.
Four other Gonzaga starters have submitted their names to the draft, including projected first-round pick Chet Holmgren, forward Drew Timme (TIH’-mee), wing Julian Strawther and point guard Andrew Nembhard.
In other college basketball news:
— UCLA guard David Singleton is returning for a fifth year with the Bruins, while center Myles Johnson is leaving the team to finish his graduate degree in electrical engineering. Singleton is taking advantage of an extra year of eligibility, which the NCAA granted to athletes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson decided not to use his fifth year. Both players came off the bench for the Bruins. Singleton averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds. Johnson averaged 3.6 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Tiger Woods heads to Southern Hill for PGA practice round
UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods flew to Oklahoma on Thursday for a practice round at Southern Hills, the first step in deciding whether he can play in the PGA Championship.
The 18-hole practice round while walking came three weeks before the start of the PGA Championship being held May 19-22 at Southern Hills in Tulsa. A person with knowledge of Woods’ plans confirmed the practice round to The Associated Press.