Afternoon Sports Update

| August 25, 2013 | 4:35 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth and the Kansas City Royals ended their seven-games losing streak on Sunday, rebounding for a 6-4 victory after blowing a 4-0 lead against Washington.

With two out and a runner on first and the game tied 4-all in the eighth, Billy Butler hit a hard grounder that first baseman Adam LaRoche knocked down. The ball rolled several feet to his right and when Stammen was late to cover the bag, the slow-running Butler kept the inning going by chugging to first with an infield single. Stammen then walked Mike Moustakas on fourth pitches and Perez hit a hard grounder to shortstop Ian Desmond. He bobbled momentarily and his throw to third was late, allowing the tiebreaking run to cross the plate on a fielder’s choice before David Lough’s RBI single made it 6-4.

Kelvin Herrera (5-6) pitched 1 1-3 innings of relief for only the Royals’ third victory in 13 games. Craig Stammen (7-6) took the loss and was part of a shaky defense that led to the Nationals’ first loss in six road outings.

Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 37 opportunities, giving up two singles but striking out the side. Stammen went one inning, gave up two hits and two earned runs.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Minor bounced back from the shortest outing of his career with seven strong innings and Andrelton Simmons homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Atlanta, which has the best record in the NL, broke a three-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of the four-game set.

St. Louis had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Minor (13-5) gave up one run on six hits. He struck out two and walked one. He was pitching on seven days rest after allowing four runs in 1 2-3 innings against Washington on Aug. 17. Minor, who legged out an infield hit in the seventh, recorded his team-high 19th quality start.

Simmons hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh that gave the Braves a 4-1 lead.

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MLB-SCHEDULE

Cabrera drives in more

UNDATED (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd home run and added to his major league-leading RBI total in Detroit’s 11-3 win over the Mets. Cabrera drove in two runs and now has 128 RBIs. Andy Dirks homered and drove in three runs for the AL-Central leading Tigers who put the game away with a seven-run, ninth inning. The Mets have lost four in a row and only scored five runs during that slide.

In other finals;

— Marco Estrada gave up just a first-inning single over seven shutout innings as Milwaukee topped Cincinnati 3-1. Caleb Grindl homered for the second straight game to help the Brewers take two out of three games.

— Roy Halladay returned from the disabled list with six strong innings to pace Philadelphia to a 9-5 win over Arizona. Halladay was working back from midseason right shoulder surgery and making his first start since May 5. He gave up two runs on four hits.

—Nolan Arenado’s RBI double in the sixth inning gave Colorado a 4-3 win over Miami. Jorge De La Rosa improved to 14-6 earning his fourth straight decision. He allowed three runs in five innings.

NFL-JETS-SANCHEZ

Sanchez to have MRI

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is scheduled to have an MRI on his right shoulder today. He was injured late in the team’s exhibition win over the Giants last night when he was hit hard while through a pass late in the game. Sanchez had an X-ray of the shoulder after the game but there is no word on the nature or severity of the injury.

Sanchez is locked in a much-reported battle with rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job and appeared to be in good shape to land the spot after Smith threw three interceptions against the Giants. But Sanchez was unexpectedly inserted into the game late and was playing with mostly back-ups at the time of the injury.

NFL-CUTS

Raiders cut Cribbs

UNDATED (AP) — Oakland has released kick return specialist Josh Cribbs among the team’s cuts. Cribbs had knee surgery in the off-season and signed with Oakland after spending eight season with Cleveland. But the 29-year old struggled to regain his speed and fumbled a kickoff in an exhibition loss to Chicago Friday.

Among those cut by Jacksonville is veteran long snapper Jeremy Cain, who played in every game the last four seasons.

GOLF-THE BARCLAYS

Scott sets the pace

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 and is the clubhouse leader in the final round of The Barclays. The Masters champ completed the four runs in 11-under par.

U.S. Open winner Justin Rose and Gary Woodland are on the course at 11 under.

Tiger Woods is just two shots back but buckled to the group after hitting a ball into the water on the 13th hole. He’s been troubled by back pain.

Phil Mickelson shot a 66 and finished 9-under par.

GOLF-BOEING CLASSIC

Riegger looks for first win

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — John Riegger is hoping his fifth start on the Champions Tour will be a memorable one. The 50-year-old holds a two-shot lead over Bobby Clampett, Bernhard Langer and John Cook in the final round of the Boeing Classic.

GOLF-CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN

Ko on top

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Sixteen-old defending champ Lydia Ko holds a three shots lead over Suzann Pettersen in the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open.

INDYCAR-SONOMA

Franchitti takes Sonoma pole

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE’-tee) will lead the field for today’s IndyCar race on the road course at Sonoma Raceway. Franchitti is looking to break a winless streak that dates back to last year’s Indianapolis 500.

However, he’s pledged to do whatever he can to help Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon gain ground on points leader Helio Castroneves (EHL’-ee-oh kas-troh-NAY’-vehs). Dixon will start on the front row next to Franchitti. Dixon trails Castroneves by 31 points in the championship standings with five races to go.

FORMULA ONE-BELGIAM GRAND PRIX

Vettel wins again, extends lead

SPA, Belgium (AP) — Sebastian Vettel (VEHT’-ehl) overtook Lewis Hamilton on the first lap and comfortably held on to win the Belgian Grand Prix and extend his overall championship lead.

It was Vettel’s fifth win of the season and upped his lead to 46 points with eight races to go.

Fernando Alonso drove brilliantly from ninth on the grid to take second place ahead of Hamilton and move back into second overall in the title race.

LITTLE LEAGUE-WORLD SERIES

Title on the line

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The team from Chula Vista, Calif. will take on Japan today in the title game at the Little League World Series.

SUPER BOWL-FARMER’ ALMANAC

“Storm Bowl” predicted

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Football fans lucky enough to score a Super Bowl ticket may want to pack an extra pair of long johns.

The Farmers’ Almanac is describing the upcoming winter as “bitterly cold.” And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

The 197-year-old almanac that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit around the time the Super Bowl is played Feb. 2 in New Jersey.

Modern scientists don’t put much stock in the almanac’s secret formula that’s based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, but the almanac says it’s correct about 80 percent of the time.

SOCCER-FIFA-QATAR-WORLD CUP

FIFA vote expected to shift 2022 World Cup season

ULRICHEN, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid the searing summer heat.

Blatter tells The Associated Press that an Oct. 3-4 meeting in Zurich should approve the change, and begin consultation on the best time for Qatar to host the tournament.

However, the 2022 World Cup organizing committee has stated its confidence in developing stadium air-cooling technology, intended to reduce field-level temperatures to 81 degrees. Qatari officials also repeatedly said they will change plans if FIFA requested it.

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