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Last Update on September 02, 2015 05:32 GMT

REDS-CUBS

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.

INDIANS-BLUE JAYS

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.

BENGALS MOVES

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.

BROWNS-MOVES

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.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 03, 2015 03:27 GMT

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) --Ruben Tejada (tay-HAH'-dah) hit an inside-the-park homer and drove in four runs to back Matt Harvey as the New York Mets returned to their winning ways against the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-4.

Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) and rookie Michael Conforto had conventional home runs for the NL East leaders, who won for the 14th time in 16 games against the last-place Phillies this season. Philadelphia snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Mets with a 14-8 rout Tuesday.

Harvey improved to 12-7.

In other major league action:

-- The New York Yankees erupted with eight runs in the second inning to clobber Boston 13-8 to take two of three from the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Carlos Beltran swatted a two-run homer, his 14th of the year. That was one of three homers the Yankees hit in the second inning. All in all, the Yanks hit five homers.

-- R.A. Dickey pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, Josh Donaldson had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1. The Jays have won seven of eight to stay a game and a-half up on the Yanks in the AL East.

-- Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit a two-run drive to make him one of four players with 10 career 35-homer seasons, and the Los Angeles Angels jumped on AL ERA leader Sonny Gray from the start to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-4. Pujols hit his 555th career and joined Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to have reached 35 home runs in 10 or more years.

-- Joey Votto (VAH'-tohz)'s two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning gave Cincinnati a 7-4 win over the Cubs. Votto came through right after Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant let a grounder get through his legs for an error. Bryant had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run homer.

-- Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer to help Miami beat the reeling Braves 7-3. Martin (mar-TEEN') Prado and Jeff Mathis added two RBIs each to help send Atlanta to its eighth straight home loss. That hasn't happened since 1988.

MLB-NEWS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg won't make his next scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Friday. Strasburg was limited to four innings by upper back tightness his last outing.

In other baseball news:

---- The NL East-leading New York Mets confirmed that starter Noah Syndergaard will be skipped this weekend in Miami when fellow rookie Steven Matz returns from injury. Mets manager Terry Collins also acknowledged ace Matt Harvey will likely be passed over once more in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

----The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract Pedro Florimon from the minors, bringing the infielder back for another tour in the big leagues this season. Florimon hit .105 with no homers and an RBI in 15 games in Pittsburgh. He was outrighted Aug. 25 to Triple-A Indianapolis, playing three games.

US OPEN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Top seed Serena Williams is into the third round of the U.S. Open but it was hardly a masterpiece.

The defending champ bested Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-3, overcoming 10 double faults and two dozen other unforced errors.

Williams is looking to become the first player since Steffi Graf (grahf) in 1988 to win all four majors in one year.

Sister Venus Williams moved closer to the tournament's second week by beating Irina Falconi 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 in an all-American second-round matchup.

Defending men's champ Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) is through to the third round. The ninth-seed advanced with 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 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 against Feliciano Lopez.

American Madison Keys has reached the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time, beating Tereza Smitkova 6-1, 6-2. The 19th seed has now advanced to at least the third round at every major this year.

The Bryan brothers will go a year without winning a Grand Slam title for the first time in more than a decade. The top-seeded twins were upset by fellow Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of men's doubles.

NFL-TRANSACTIONS

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 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.

-- Lance Briggs, a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears reach the Super Bowl, plans to retire. Briggs had 16 interceptions, 15 sacks and five touchdowns in his career. But after missing just four games from 2003 to 2012, Briggs struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.

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