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Last Update on September 02, 2015 05:32 GMT


CHICAGO (AP) -- Kyle Schwarber hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning, and Kris Bryant had three hits as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Schwarber sent a deep drive into the left-center field bleachers on a 3-2 pitch from Burke Badenhop (1-4). The blast scored Dexter Fowler, who had singled with two outs.

Bryant drove in two runs for Chicago, which had lost five of six but is still in good shape for its first playoff berth since 2008. The Cubs entered play Tuesday 5 1-2 games ahead of San Francisco for the NL's second wild card spot.

Hector Rondon picked up his 25th save in 29 tries. Fernando Rodney (6-5) allowed Eugenio Suarez's homer in the seventh that gave the Reds a short-lived 4-3 lead but won his first game since the Cubs acquired him from Seattle on Aug. 27.


TORONTO (AP) -- Ryan Goins hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Cleveland 5-3 on Tuesday night, snapping the Indians' winning streak at six games.

Yan Gomes hit two home runs and Michael Brantley also connected but it wasn't enough for the Indians.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion went 0 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, ending his career-high hitting streak at 26 games.

Dioner Navarro singled off Bryan Shaw (3-3) to begin the 10th and was replaced by pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera. One out later, Goins drilled the game-winning homer into the right field bullpen, his fifth.

Mark Lowe (1-2) got one out for the victory as AL East-leading Toronto won for the fourth time in five games and remained 1 1-2 games ahead of the New York Yankees, who beat Boston 3-1.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals placed top draft pick Cedric Ogbuehi on an injury list Tuesday, getting down to the 75-man roster limit.

The offensive tackle is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his final game at Texas A&M. He can't practice for the first six weeks of the season. The Bengals anticipated when they drafted Ogbuehi that he would miss all or most of the season.

Cincinnati also put linebacker Sean Porter on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last year. He, too, can practice after six weeks.

The Bengals released receiver Onterio McCalebb with an injury. If no team claims him off waivers, he'll revert to Cincinnati's injured reserve list.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Browns have released defensive tackle Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick.

Taylor was coming back following knee surgeries and had been limited in training camp and played 11 snaps in Cleveland's exhibition on Saturday against Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Taylor was guaranteed to make over $5 million this season.

Cleveland has depth on its defensive line, and Taylor, the No. 21 overall pick in 2011, became expendable. He wasn't as far along in his rehab as the team had hoped and coach Mike Pettine said Taylor's contract was not a factor in the decision.

Also, Travis Coons has won Cleveland's kicking job, beating out Cary Spear, who was released. Coons made a 41-yard field goal -- his only attempt -- and three extra points in the Browns' first three exhibitions.

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Last Update on September 02, 2015 20:46 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- San Francisco and Los Angeles wrap up their three-game series in LA tonight. The home team won the first two games of the series to take a 5 1/2-game lead over the Giants in the National League West. Tonight's pitching matchup has Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers against Mike Leake.

The Giants and Dodgers meet one more time this year, in the last week of the regular season Sept. 28-30 in San Francisco.

There's an excellent pitching matchup this evening in St. Louis as the Cardinals play host to Washington. On the mound for the Nationals, who start the day 6 1/2 games back of first-place New York in the NL East, is Max Scherzer. The Cards, who top the Pirates by six games in the NL Central, send Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) to the hill.

The East-leading Mets are home to the Phillies tonight while the Pirates, who have lost two in a row, are in Milwaukee. The Cards and Pirates open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday.

Houston's lead over the Rangers in the American League West is down to three games. This evening the Astros are entertaining Seattle while the Rangers are in San Diego. After struggling in his first few outings with the Rangers, Cole Hamels has settled in with his new club and looks for a third straight victory tonight.

The closest race in baseball continues to be the American League East as the Blue Jays top the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. Each team won last night and this evening the Jays are home to Cleveland while the Yankees are playing the Red Sox in Boston this afternoon.

In other day games the Marlins beat the Braves 7-3 while the Reds are in Chicago playing the Cubs and the Angels are in Oakland.

The remainder of the night schedule has Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the Twins home to the White Sox, Detroit at Kansas City and the Rockies hosting the Diamondbacks.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams is back on the court today at the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Williams has a second-round match with Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. Williams is looking to become the first player since Steffi Graf (grahf) in 1988 to win all four majors in one year.

The men's top seed has a second-round match this evening as Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) faces an opponent from Austria.

Defending men's champ Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) is through to the third round. The ninth-seed advanced with straight sets win over Russia's Evgeny Donskoy.

The career of Mardy Fish is over. The 33-year old American, who was once at top-10 player, was ousted in the second round in a five-set, 3 hour and 11 minute match. His career, which was derailed by anxiety disorder, had announced his retirement prior to the start of the Open.

And American Madison Keys has reached the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time. The 20-year old, who is seeded 19th, has now advanced to at least the third round at every major this year, which started with her breakthrough run to the semifinals at the Australian Open.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year contract extension. The move keeps him with the team through the 2017 season and provides depth and experience behind Cam Newton. Anderson joined Carolina as a free agent in 2011 but didn't see much action his first three seasons. He started two games last season against Tampa Bay and won both, helping the Panthers win their second straight NFC South title.

-- The Chicago Bears have acquired tight end Khari Lee from the Houston Texans for a 2017 sixth-round draft pick. Lee entered the league as an undrafted free agent this year.

-- The New York Giants have re-signed place-kicker Chris Boswell. New York made the move because veteran Josh Brown bruised his leg two weeks ago when he made a tackle against Jacksonville. Boswell was in the Giants' training camp until being waived on Aug. 16.

--Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo (deh-BART'-loh) Jr. is a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. DeBartolo was nominated by the nine-member contributors committee. Elections will be held on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. DeBartolo, 68, must receive 80 percent of the ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame.


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