Update on the latest sports
Tsustugo hits game-ending homer, Pirates beat Cardinals 4-3
UNDATED (AP) — Yoshi Tsutsugo (YOH’-shee soot-SOO’-goh) hit a three-run homer off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bryan Reynolds started the game-ending rally with a leadoff walk. After Colin Moran struck out swinging, Jacob Stallings walked and Tsustugo drove Reyes’ next pitch deep to right.
Five of Tsustugo’s nine hits with the Pirates have been home runs. Reyes has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Jesús Luzardo allowed one hit and no runs in six-plus innings as the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 to take the rubber game of their series. Luzardo had by far his best outing since being acquired from Oakland for Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) at the trade deadline. The left-hander tied a career high with eight strikeouts. Jesús Sánchez hit a two-run homer in the first, his sixth homer of the year and his second in two days. Miami won the final two games of the series after losing 11 in a row to Cincinnati over the past two years.
— Luis Robert homered twice, Dylan Cease tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Chicago Cubs 13-1. Eloy Jiménez, Yasmani Grandal and Brian Goodwin also connected for the White Sox, who went 5-1 against the Cubs this year. Robert, Jiménez and Goodwin each drove in three runs. White Sox slugger José Abreu hit a two-run double in a seven-run fifth to get to 101 RBIs with 29 games left. The reigning AL MVP drove in a career-high 123 runs in 2019. Frank Schwindel homered for the Cubs in the fourth.
— Rowdy Tellez hit a three-run home run as the Milwaukee Brewers muscled their way out of a three-game losing streak and beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2. Aaron Ashby recorded his first major league win. Luis Urías also homered, and Kolten Wong hit a two-run double for the Brewers. Their first seven hits went for extra bases to help stop their first losing streak longer than two games since the All-Star break. Griffin Jax took the loss. Miguel Sanó hit a two-run homer for the Twins.
— Freddy Galvis drove in three runs and Rafael Marchand and Travis Jankowski hit back-to-back RBI triples that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4. Bryce Harper, Jean Segura and Marchand each had two hits for the Phillies, who have won three in a row and remained 4 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta. Ranger Suarez allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings for the win. In six starts since leaving the closer’s role to solidify the back of the rotation, he is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 26 2/3 innings.
— Joey Wendle hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Baltimore Orioles 12-8 for a three-game sweep. Austin Meadows and Jordan Luplow also homered for Tampa Bay, which finished 18-1 against Baltimore this year. Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 2 for 4 and has reached base in 29 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a rookie in club history. The Rays have beaten Baltimore 12 straight times, tying a franchise record they set against the Orioles in 2008.
— Jorge Soler and Austin Riley homered off Anthony DeSclafani, Ian Anderson pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the injured list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 9-0. Soler opened the fourth inning with his 20th homer, a drive into the seats in left. Freddie Freeman followed with an infield single and Riley then launched his 28th homer into the seats in left-center. Eddie Rosario added two-run triple in the sixth for the NL East leaders, and Ozzie Albies connected for his 23rd homer in the eighth. The Giants had won 15 of 19.
— José Berríos pitched seven strong innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tigers 2-1, taking two of three in a low-scoring series with Detroit. Bo Bichette and Kevin Smith homered for Toronto. Berríos allowed one unearned run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out 11 without walking a batter. Tim Mayza got the final four outs for his first career save. Detroit’s Matt Boyd allowed two runs in four innings in his first start since June 14.
— Francisco Lindor forced a balk and hit a two-run double, Javier Báez and Jonathan Villar homered and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 9-4. The Mets took two of three and won a series for the first time since sweeping the Nationals in a three-game set Aug. 10-12. Josh Bell hit two home runs for Washington and Juan Soto also connected. Those were the only three hits for the Nationals in the game. Villar also tripled, singled and scored three runs.
— Adolis García hit the first grand slam by a Texas batter this season and DJ Peters had a massive homer while driving in three runs in a 13-2 win over Houston. The Rangers avoided being swept by AL West-leading Astros for the fourth time in five series this season. García’s 29th homer came during an eight-run outburst in the fifth. That was the highest-scoring inning for the last-place Rangers this year. Peters led it off with a towering 450-foot drive to straightaway center off Houston starter Zack Greinke. Taylor Hearn pitched a career-high 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts to win his second consecutive start.
AP source: Mets’ Syndergaard tests positive for COVID-19
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has tested positive for COVID-19.
Syndergaard was scratched from a rehab start on Sunday. New York manager Luis Rojas said Syndergaard had a “non-baseball-related injury.” He did confirm that Syndergaard has been vaccinated.
Syndergaard, who turned 29 on Sunday, tweeted: “This birthday is so sick.” Syndergaard is recovering from Tommy John surgery and the Mets are hoping he can rejoin the team as a reliever.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
Lake Superior: Michigan beats Ohio for Little League title
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jackson Surma drove in four runs and Ethan Van Belle struck out eight as Michigan beat Ohio 5-2 in the championship game of the Little League World Series. The team from Taylor North Little League delivered the first LLWS title for the state of Michigan since 1959.
Both teams are from the Great Lakes, marking the only time clubs from the same region played in the championship. That was because international teams didn’t compete in the LLWS for the first time since 1975, due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Little League allowed two squads from each U.S. region to fill out the 16-team field.
Michigan jumped out to a three-run lead in the first after a two-run single by Jackson and an RBI groundout by Jakob Furkas. Jackson increased the lead in the fifth when he singled to center, driving in two more.
Ohio had plenty of chances. The team loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks and a single by JJ Vogel, but Ethan struck out Levi Smith with two out to end the threat.
Vikings sign safety Harrison Smith to 4-year extension
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed five-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith to a four-year contract extension. The deal secures the team’s longest-tenured player for what could be the remainder of his decorated career.
Smith has a league-leading 28 interceptions among all safeties since he entered the NFL in 2012. Only Hall of Famer Paul Krause has started more games at safety in Vikings history than Smith.
According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the new contract is worth $64 million with a little more than $26 million guaranteed. That will put Smith safely among the top five highest-paid safeties in the NFL, with Seattle’s Jamal Adams at the top of the annual average values.
The 32-year-old Smith was in the final year of his deal with a salary cap slightly above $10 million.
In other NFL news:
— The New York Jets have acquired edge rusher Shaq Lawson from the Houston Texans for a sixth-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The Jets were in dire need of a pass-rushing specialist after Carl Lawson was lost for the season two weeks ago with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Shaq Lawson, who is unrelated, had 20 1/2 sacks in five seasons with Buffalo and Miami. He was acquired by Houston in a trade with the Dolphins in March.
—The New Orleans Saints are planning to practice this week at the home of the Dallas Cowboys after evacuating because of Hurricane Ida. The Saints are scheduled to practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at AT&T Stadium before taking a break heading into the regular season. That’s according to a person that spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club wasn’t discussing its plans publicly. New Orleans is supposed to open at home Sept. 12 against Green Bay. Ira made landfall 16 years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans. The Saints spent the entire 2005 season away from home.
Joe Durant holds off Bernhard Langer in The Ally Challenge
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Joe Durant made a 5-foot bogey putt on the par-4 18th Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer in The Ally Challenge. The 57-year-old Durant closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 17-under 199 at Warwick Hills. He won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour Champions after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
Langer parred the 18th, hitting into two bunkers, in a 70. Two days after shooting his age on his 64th birthday, the German star had just one back-nine birdie — matching Durant on the 16th.
Langer has 41 Champions victories, four off Hale Irwin’s record.
Steven Alker was third at 15 under after a 67.
Verstappen wins rain-marred Belgian GP after short restart
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen has won a rain-soaked and shortened Belgian Grand Prix.
The race was called off Sunday after it had restarted under a safety car nearly three hours later than its scheduled time. The race was shortened to last one hour with only half points awarded to the winner, who needed to complete only two laps to earn points.
Red Bull driver Verstappen was leading Williams driver George Russell and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton on Lap 4 when the restarted race ended after roughly 10 minutes with rain still lashing down.
Verstappen’s sixth win of the season was the 16th of his career and denied Hamilton a record-extending 100th win, while also trimming his overall lead from eight points to three. Verstappen collected 12.5 points instead of 25, with Russell getting nine for his second career podium and Hamilton picking up 7.5.
Jacques Rogge has died at 79
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says Jacques Rogge (zhahk ROH’-geh), who led the organization as president for 12 years, has died. He was 79.
Rogge’s health had visibly declined when he attended Olympic events since his presidency ended in 2013.
Rogge represented Belgium in rugby and was a world champion in sailing. He competed in the Finn class at three Olympic Games from 1968 through 1976.
Rogge led the European group of Olympic committees before being elected as the IOC’s eighth president in 2001.