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MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Newly-acquired pitcher Cole Hamels left his Texas Rangers debut with a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning, but his bullpen wouldn't let him pick up the victory.

The Giants scored three times in the eighth before Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt hit solo homers in the 11th inning to lead the a 9-7 comeback over the Rangers. Pence singled home the tying run after Matt Duffy and Buster Posey laced RBI singles earlier in the eighth. Posey also homered and came within a triple of the cycle to help San Francisco stay 1 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hamels was charged with five runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings, one day after the Rangers acquired him from Philadelphia.

Also in the majors:

-- Clayton Kershaw gave up just two hits in eight shutout innings as the Dodgers handed the Los Angeles Angels their fifth straight loss, 3-1. Kershaw retired his last 15 batters and ran his shutout streak to 37 innings. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee GRAHN'-dahl) belted a two-run homer for the Dodgers.

-- The Astros hammered Arizona 9-2 to stretch their lead in the AL West to three games over the Angels. Hank Conger launched a grand slam and a solo shot, while Carlos Correa drove in three runs with a pair of homers. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) improved to 13-5 by yielding two runs and just two hits in six innings.

-- The Mets are within one game of the NL East-leading Nationals after New York erased an early 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 win over Washington. Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) led the comeback by hitting a pair of solo homers before lining a tiebreaking, RBI double in the eighth. Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') and the Mets' bullpen blanked the Nationals after Ian Desmond's RBI single in the top of the first.

-- St. Louis continues to lead the NL Central by 5 1/2 games following the Cardinals' 6-2 loss to Colorado. Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) belted a two-run homer and Ben Paulson added a solo shot and a two-run double. Jorge De La Rosa limited the Cardinals to two runs over 6 2/3 innings, including Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tahz) solo shot.

-- Eugenio (ay-yoo-HAY'-nee-oh) Suarez delivered an RBI double and a pair of sacrifice flies as Cincinnati downed Pittsburgh 4-3, preventing Gerrit Cole from notching his major league-leading 15th win. Raisel Iglesias (ry-SEHL' ih-GLAY'-see-uhs) picked up the victory by limiting the Pirates to a pair of runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

-- Anthony Rizzo crushed a three-run homer and Kyle Schwarber added a solo blast as the Chicago Cubs topped the Brewers 4-2 in Milwaukee. Kyle Hendricks worked seven strong innings, giving up one run and four hits with six strikeouts.

-- Ben Zobrist homered twice and Kansas City snapped a three-game skid by storming back from a 5-1 deficit in a 7-6 triumph at Toronto. Eric Hosmer collected three RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the Royals' three-run eighth. Jose Bautista hit two solo homers and Josh Donaldson added a two-run blast for the Blue Jays, who still trail the AL East by six games to the New York Yankees.

-- Kansas City's lead in the AL Central remains eight games over Minnesota after the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to knock off Seattle 3-2. Shane Robinson scored the tying run on a wild pitch before Kurt Suzuki won it with an RBI single. Nelson Cruz socked his 28th homer of the season to put the Mariners ahead 2-1 in the sixth.

-- The Yankees were clobbered 8-2 by the White Sox as Melky Cabrera smacked a three-run homer and Alexei Ramirez added a solo shot and two RBIs. John Danks gave up a run and three hits over 5 2/3 innings to help Chicago halt a two-game skid and win for the seventh time in nine games. Brian McCann hit a solo homer for the Yanks.

-- Baltimore is within five games of the Yankees after Caleb Joseph provided a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Orioles' 6-2 triumph over Detroit. Manny Machado added a solo blast to back Kevin Gausman, who allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings. The Birds have won seven of eight.

--Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and four RBIs as Boston dumped Tampa Bay 11-7. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN'-dur BOH'-gahrts) also had a big day at the plate with four hits and three RBIs, and Rusney Castillo added three hits with three RBIs in the Red Sox's third straight win since a 2-12 skid.

-- Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored as San Diego beat Miami 5-3. Matt Kemp also had two hits and an RBI in the Padres' fourth straight win.

-- Philadelphia crushed Atlanta 12-2 behind three-run homers by Freddy Galvis and Cameron Rupp. Odubel (oh-DOO'-bul) Herrera smacked a solo shot and Aaron Nola worked five innings in the Phillies' 12th victory in 14 games since the All-Star break.

-- Aaron Brooks pitched well in Oakland's 5-1 win against Cleveland, allowing one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Sam Fuld belted a solo homer and Bill Butler was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

MLB-TRANSACTIONS

Rockies place 2 on DL...Birds lose Wright...Sizemore back in bigs

UNDATED -- The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Kyle Kendrick and outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list, while recalling recalled right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Kendrick left Friday night's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals after one inning with shoulder inflammation. Dickerson broke two ribs while diving for Jason Heyward's line drive during Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.

In other major league news:

-- The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-hander rookie Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list because of a left calf strain. Wright worked one inning in Friday night's game for the O's after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

-- Veteran Grady Sizemore has been recalled by Tampa Bay from Triple-A Durham. The 32-year-old played in 15 games with the Rays before being demoted, hitting .235 with two homers and seven RBIs.

-- Larry Lucchino is stepping down this year as the Boston Red Sox's president and CEO, although a team spokesman says Lucchino hopes to remain with the club in some capacity. Lucchino was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME-SEAU

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's (SAY'-owz) daughter to speak in an interview after his bust is unveiled next weekend.

The Hall said Sydney Seau's remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers. The Hall of Fame also said Sydney will represent her father and be interviewed during the Thursday night Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner.

Hall policy does not allow live speeches during a posthumous induction.

NFL-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) -- It didn't take long for the Cleveland Browns to suffer an injury. In their first practice in pads, defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee. Winn got hurt during an inside running drill and coach Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn) says the team will know more about the extent of Winn's injury following an MRI and X-rays.

Winn started five games last season and recorded a career-high 31 tackles and an interception.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

-- Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his right Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp. The fifth-year pro was reaching to scoop a football when he crumpled to the grass in pain and was carted off the field minutes later.

-- Redskins coach Jay Gruden says cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee. The second-year pro was hurt during the second practice of training camp.

NFL-STEELERS-BOYKIN

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The team announced the trade Saturday night.

Boykin is entering his fourth NFL season after being selected by the Eagles in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 draft from Georgia. He has appeared in 48 regular-season games with six starts. He has seven interceptions and 32 pass breakups.

NFL-SEAHAWKS-WAGNER EXTENSION

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks and Bobby Wagner have finalized a four-year contract extension that keeps the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season.

Team owner Paul Allen confirmed Wagner's extension in a tweet late Saturday night. NFL.com first reported the deal and that it's worth $43 million which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.

Wagner was an All-Pro last season and finished second on the team with 104 tackles after missing five games with a painful toe injury. He's been Seattle's starting middle linebacker since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft.

PGA-QUICKEN LOANS

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell are co-leaders through three rounds of the PGA's Quicken Loans National.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 that included 11 birdies and one bogey. Chappell fired a 4-under 67 to tie Merritt at 14-under, one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler.

Tournament host Tiger Woods played himself out of contention with a 3-over 74 that puts him nine strokes back.

GOLF-WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- South Korea's Jin Young Ko and Taiwan's Teresa Lu share the lead after three rounds of the Women's British Open. Each shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to finish play 8 under par.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot par and will start the final round one shot off the lead.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-3M

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Kenny Perry has the lead entering the final round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship. He shot an 11-under-64 that included a hole-in-one, seven birdies and an eight.

Perry is 14-under through 36 holes, four strokes ahead of Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap

INDY CAR-QUALIFYING

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Scott Dixon will start from the pole in Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. He grabbed the pole over Will Power and Sebastian Bourdais (bohr-DAY'), who qualified third.

Dixon has won five times in ten starts at this course and is the defending champ.

Juan Pablo Montoya leads the driver standings by 42 points over Graham Rahal (RAY'-hahl), with Dixon another six points back in third place.


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