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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Errors by Alberto Gonzalez and Mike Olt in a three-pitch span allowed the tiebreaking run to score in the 10th inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory over the slumping Texas Rangers on Sunday.
With the score 6-6, Michael Kirkman (0-2) walked Billy Butler leading off the 10th. Gonzalez, who entered in the ninth when Elvis Andrus left because of a sore shoulder, booted a routine grounder by Salvador Perez as pinch-runner Eric Hosmer advanced,
Jeff Francoeur took a ball and then grounded to third. Olt, who made his major league debut Thursday, threw the ball into right field as Hosmer came home.
Texas dropped to 13-15 since the start of July.
Greg Holland (4-3) threw 46 pitches in two innings, working around three hits and two walks.
The Royals travel to Chicago to open up a three game series with the White Sox tonight (Mon) at 7:10.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Slumping infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has been cut by the Kansas City Royals after beginning the season as the team’s starting second baseman.
Betancourt was designated for assignment Sunday following Kansas City’s victory over the Texas Rangers. To replace him, the Royals selected the contract of infielder Tony Abreu from Triple-A Omaha.
Betancourt, 30, signed a $2 million, one-year contract in December, rejoining the Royals after playing for them from 2009-10. He snapped an 0-for-20 skid with a double on Friday, then started at third base Sunday and went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .228.
The 27-year-old Abreu was hitting .322 with nine home runs, 36 doubles, five triples and 73 RBIs in 103 games with Omaha. He has a .251 batting average in 146 major league games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Lohse pitched six spotless innings to earn his 12th win and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Sunday night for a three-game sweep.
Daniel Descalso had a season-high three hits for the Cardinals, who have won five of six and 12 of 16. It was their first three-game sweep at home against the Brewers since March 31 to April 3, 2003.
Milwaukee has lost its last nine road games.
Lohse (12-2) allowed four hits while throwing 100 pitches. He struck out six and walked three.
The Cardinals wore 1982 powder blue replica uniforms in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their World Series win over Milwaukee. Back then, the Brewers were in the American League.
The Redbirds continue their homestand tonight (Mon) by kicking off a four game series with the San Francisco Giants at 7:15 at Busch Stadium.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Jeff Gordon took advantage of an accident sparked by teammate Jimmie Johnson and a touch of timely rain at Pocono Raceway to win his first race of the season.
Gordon earned his 86th career victory Sunday and thrust himself into wild-card contention in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson inadvertently gave his Hendrick Motorsports teammate the help he needed. Johnson got loose off a restart and knocked Matt Kenseth into the wall. Kenseth slid down the track and took out Denny Hamlin. With an unexpected opening, Gordon zoomed to the lead in the No. 24 Chevrolet.
It couldn’t have come at a better time. The skies opened and cars were ordered off the track. The race was called moments later with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed.
LONDON (AP) — Jamaican Usain Bolt joined Carl Lewis as the only men to win the 100-meter gold medal in consecutive Olympics. Bolt edged out fellow countryman Yohan Blake to win the 100 in Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Britain’s Andy Murray took home the gold in men’s tennis for the host country at the London Olympics. The Scotsman beat Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men’s tennis final at Wimbledon.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Another gold medal for Serena Williams. One day after winning the women’s singles, Serena teamed with sister Venus to capture the gold medal in doubles with a straight set victory over a Czech Republic duo.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Drew Brees led New Orleans to a touchdown on his only series Sunday night, and the Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 in the Hall of Fame game, officiated by a crew with college experience.
The game was canceled last year for the first time in 45 years because of the NFL’s lockout of players. Labor issues also came into play in Sunday night’s game — the seven officials were replacements.
The win completed a good weekend for the Saints, who needed one after their rough offseason overshadowed by the bounty scandal. Former Saints tackle Willie Roaf was part of the six-man induction class to the hall on Saturday night.
Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb threw an interception and left with bruised ribs, hurting his chances of winning the starting job.
The Norborne Soybean Festival 5k is coming up August 11th. The sign up will be at 7:30 with the race starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. The timing will be computerized, and the course is all flat. The 20 dollar entry fee includes a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Norborne Athletic Department. For more information you can contact Norborne Athletic Director Michael Lock at 660-542-4449.
Softball practice in Meadville is going to be getting started Monday (8/6). The girls practice from 4 – 6 p.m. and the boys practice from 6 – 8 p.m. A completed sports physical is required to begin practice.