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Last Update on July 30, 2015 05:33 GMT


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jay Bruce homered in the second to back Anthony DeSclafani's seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Cincinnati Reds shut out the St. Louis Cardinals for the second straight night, 1-0 on Wednesday.

The Reds ended a nine-series losing streak in St. Louis and have won consecutive games at Busch Stadium for the first time since July 6 and Sept. 2, 2011. It was the first time Cincinnati won consecutive games in the same series since June 2006.

Bruce's 17th home run moved him ahead of Barry Larkin to ninth in franchise history with 199 homers.

DeSclafani (6-7) did the rest, walking three and striking out three. Aroldis Chapman collected his 21st save in 22 opportunities.

The Cardinals squandered another strong outing from John Lackey (9-6), who gave up two hits in eight innings and has posted a 1.67 ERA during his last nine outings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday night's game with the Cincinnati Reds with a right quad strain after pulling up while running to first base on a double play that ended the first inning.

It is the same injury that sidelined Holliday for 31 games earlier this season. The Cardinals announced that an update on Holliday's condition would be made Thursday.

Holliday, a seven-time All-Star, is hitting .290 with four home runs and 31 RBIs.

Holliday was replaced in the lineup by Mark Reynolds, who entered the game at first base, while Stephen Piscotty moved to left field.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Corey Kluber took a shutout into the ninth, rookie Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer and had a career-high four RBIs, and the Indians avoided a winless homestand with a 12-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes and rookie Giovanny Urshela hit solo homers for Cleveland, which had been outscored 37-10 in losing the first six games of the homestand. Michael Bourn was 4 for 5 as Cleveland had a season-high 18 hits.

Kluber (6-11) held Kansas City to five hits. The reigning Cy Young Award winner retired the first 12 batters before Eric Hosmer's leadoff double in the fifth. Alex Rios' RBI groundout in the ninth scored the Royals' only run.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Outside expectations are so low for the Browns that coach Mike Pettine joked he's seen his team picked to finish fifth in the four-team AFC North.

The Browns were the only team in their division not to make the playoffs last season, and the national perception is that Cleveland, which finished 7-9 last year, won't contend again. Pettine says he'll use the general lack of respect to motivate his players saying, "nobody wants to be disrespected."

Pettine believes the Browns made strides within their division last season, going 2-4. He pointed to wins over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and the fact the Browns took a lead into the fourth quarter before losing twice to Baltimore.

Pettine says the Browns don't "feel like we're staring up a mountain in the division."

The Browns reported to training camp Wednesday and will have their first practice Thursday.

National Sports News

Last Update on July 31, 2015 03:46 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have a three-game lead in the National League after the New York Mets' bullpen imploded this afternoon.

Ryan Zimmerman homered and Max Scherzer allowed just three hits in seven innings of the Nationals' 1-0 shutout of Miami. Jonathan Papelbon (PAP'-ul-bahn) worked the ninth to pick up the save in his first appearance since the Nats acquired him from Philadelphia.

At Citi Field, the Mets coughed up a 7-1 lead over the last three innings of an 8-7 loss to San Diego. Derek Norris went 5-for-5 with a grand slam in the seventh and a bloop single with two out in the ninth. Norris later scored on Justin Upton's go-ahead, three-run blast off Jeurys Familia.

The Mets were two strikes from a 7-5 win before the first of two rain delays in the ninth. Norris and Matt Kemp kept the game going with base hits before Upton allowed San Diego to claim the rubber match of the series.

Also in the majors:

-- Toronto beat Kansas City 5-2 on homers by Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson. Winning pitcher Marco Estrada gave up two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kendrys (KEHN'-drihs) Morales hit a two-run double in the first inning before the Royals suffered their second straight loss.

-- Dominic Brown hit a solo homer and Carlos Ruiz delivered a go-ahead, two-run single as Philadelphia won for the 10th time in 12 games, 4-1 against Atlanta. Aaron Harang gave up just one run in five innings despite surrendering nine hits.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays have swung another major deal as non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

One day after landing All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, the Jays have acquired All-Star lefty David Price from Detroit for pitchers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner is 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 146 innings. It's the second straight season Price has been dealt to a contender near the deadline.

In other trades on the day before the deadline:

-- The Dodgers have grabbed pitching in a three-team, 13-player deal with the Marlins and Braves. The Dodgers picked up Mat Latos from Miami and Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan (ah-VEE'-lahn) from Atlanta. Los Angeles also acquired first baseman Michael Morse from Miami and injured pitcher Bronson Arroyo from the Braves, the Marlins received Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman, while Atlanta landed Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and pitchers Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird.

-- The Astros retooled as they try to win the AL West, acquiring outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers (FY'-urz) from Milwaukee for prospects Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana. The 29-year-old Gomez is hitting .262 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 74 games for the Brewers this season. He is making $8 million this season and $9 million in 2016, then can become a free agent.

-- The St. Louis Cardinals have found a replacement for injured outfielder Matt Holliday by acquiring Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. Moss is hitting .217 with 15 homers, 17 doubles and 50 RBIs since being acquired by the Indians in December 2014. Holliday is out again with the same right quadriceps injury that sidelined him for 31 games earlier this season.

-- The New York Yankees have acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfield prospect Ramon Flores. Ackley is hitting .215 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 85 games for the Mariners this season.

-- The Pirates have grabbed right-handed reliever Joakim Soria from the Tigers for minor leaguer JaCoby Jones. The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season.

-- A deal between the Phillies and Rangers involving Cole Hamels appears imminent. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade the ace left-hander and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for pitcher Matt Harrison and a package of prospects. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers. Hamels tossed a no-hitter against the Cubs last Saturday at Wrigley Field, his last start for the Phils.


UNDATED (AP) -- Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota, a victory for the league. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle ruled in Minnesota that he saw little reason for the case to be heard in his state, noting Brady plays in Massachusetts, NFL headquarters are based in New York and the union is in Washington. Brady is trying to have his four-game suspension overturned after he was punished for his role in the use of underinflated footballs during the Patriots' lopsided win in the AFC title game earlier this year.

In other NFL news:

-- The Buffalo Bills have placed three players on the active/non-football injury list, including Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams. Williams, who has started every game in his three seasons with the Bills, participated in the team's offseason activities. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and kicker Dan Carpenter were also placed on the list.

-- Linebacker Keith Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. A top-10 pick by Cincinnati in 2008, the 29-year-old Rivers missed time with various injuries while also playing for the New York Giants and Buffalo. The seven-year veteran never played a game for Dallas.

-- San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates says he's not sure how a banned substance got into his body, although he believes it could have been while he was cleansing his system in the offseason. Gates has been suspended without pay for the first four games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

-- New York Giants co-owner John Mara says the team hasn't been allowed to examine Pierre-Paul and has no idea when he will be able to play. The Pro Bowl defensive end suffered severe hand injuries in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida.

-- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings has paid a $1,147 fine after pleading guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January. The office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder's Court clerk in Georgia said Jennings was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and must complete a substance abuse program.


CHICAGO (AP) --Defending national champion Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech. Buckeyes coach Urban Mayer wouldn't reveal the infractions.

The Buckeyes open the season Labor Day night in Blacksburg, Virginia, against the only team to beat them last season.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis (pohr-ZIHNG'-ihs) and Jerian Grant. The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the fourth overall selection in the recent draft and played in Spain the past three seasons.

Grant was the 19th overall pick after averaging 14.6 points and 5.8 assists in four seasons at Notre Dame.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott has been arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop.

A sheriff's news release says the vehicle failed to yield for about two miles, with speeds reaching 98 mph, before it finally pulled over. Deputies say they found more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of MDNA, commonly called Molly.

Scott averaged 7.8 points last season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek (YAH'-kuhb VOHR'-ah-chehk) has agreed to a multiyear contract extension.

The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season. Voracek has 124 goals and 372 points in 531 career games in seven seasons with Columbus and Philadelphia.

Also, the Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Galchenyuk had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season.


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