Last Update on July 03, 2015 04:33 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves beat Washington and its ace Max Scherzer 2-1 on Cameron Maybin's run-scoring single over the third base bag in the bottom of the ninth. Scherzer, who had thrown a one-hitter and no-hitter in two of his three previous starts, was a tough-luck loser despite tossing a five-hitter. Scherzer is 9-6.
Scherzer struck out nine in his third complete game in his last four starts. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA during the dominant stretch, including a no-hitter June 20 against Pittsburgh.
In other baseball:
-- Cleveland completed a four-game sweep of the Rays in Tropicana Field with a 5-4, 10 inning victory. Mike clinched it with a lead-off home run in the 10th. The Rays set a team record by striking out 19 strikeouts. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) went eight and left with 14 K's and no decision.
----Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers blanked the Baltimore Orioles 2-0. Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAHR'-doh) and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout.
-- Milwaukee edged Philadelphia 8-7 in 11 innings. Adam Lind's run-scoring single drove in Jonathan Lucroy with the winning run.
---- Will Venable clubbed a two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 5-3 win over St. Louis. That's the Cards' third straight loss.
-- Minnesota blanked Kansas City 2-0. That's the fourth straight loss for the AL Central-leading Royals. Kyle Gibson threw eight innings of four-hit ball to even his record at 6-6. Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar had RBI triples.
-- Jose Fernandez pitched for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery after his last appearance in May, 2014 as Miami beat the Giants 5-4 to complete a three-game sweep. He went six innings to get the win and helped his cause with a home run.
-- Jonathan Herrera drove in three runs with a squeeze bunt and home run in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Mets in New York. The win gave Chicago a three game sweep and wins in all seven games played against the New Yorkers this season.
-- Neil Walker drove three runs to help Pittsburgh complete a sweep of Detroit with an 8-4 win. The Pirates first baseman tormented the Tigers all week, going 10-for-17 in the series with 7 RBIs.
-- David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Right-hander Aaron Harang has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Phillies because of a foot injury. Harang, who is 4-11, lost his eighth straight start on Wednesday night to become the first Phillies pitcher since Jim Nash in 1972 to lose eight in a row. The Phillies have the worst record in the majors at 27-53.
-- Houston outfielder George Springer is on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist. He was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez Wednesday night. Springer is hitting .264 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs.
NEW YORK (AP) -- There's great news for fans of the San Antonio Spurs as Tim Duncan has informed the San Antonio Express-News that he's coming back for a 19th season. Until the announcement there was speculation that he might call it a career after the Spurs lost to the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Duncan will start the season as a 39-year-old.
In other moves in the NBA. All these moves are not official, because they cannot be announced until July 9. But the news is a result of people with knowledge of the deals informing The Associated Press:
-- Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth more than $120 million. The full value of the contract could wind up ranging between $125 million and $129 million and won't be determined until the salary cap is established. That makes it the richest contract in NBA history for a guard.
-- After 12 years with Miami, Dwyane (DWAYN) Wade is staying with the Heat. Wade accepted a $20 million, one-year deal on Thursday to stay with the Heat next season, ending his latest foray into free agency.
-- The New York Knicks are reuniting Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) with Carmelo Anthony. The two played together with the Nuggets and a person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Afflalo has accepted a two-year, $16 million offer from the New Yorkers.
-- The Pelicans are keeping their front line intact. Center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met. The 7-footer started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season.
-- The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man as the agent for free agent center Greg Monroe says his client has chosen the Bucks over the Knicks and Lakers. Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons last year and was one of the most coveted big men on the market.
-- Monta Ellis is leaving Dallas for Indianapolis. He has agreed to terms with the Pacers on a four-year deal worth $44 million. Ellis averaged 18.9 points and 4.1 assists in his second season with the Mavericks last year.
---- Moving on after learning they'll lose Paul Pierce as a free agent, the Washington Wizards agreed to acquire forward Jared Dudley from the Milwaukee Bucks for a future second-round draft pick.
UNDATED (AP) -- Veteran forward Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san loo-EE') is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis made the announcement roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. The 40-year old had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Lightning and Rangers.
In other NHL news:
-- T.J. Oshie (OH'-shee) is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues for Troy Brouwer, AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft.
-- Nashville forward Gabriel Bourque (bork) has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250. The 24-year-old has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. The Predators also announced the signings of forward Max Reinhart and free-agent defenseman Conor Allen to one-year, two-way contracts worth $575,000 when they're in the NHL and $80,000 when they're in the American Hockey League.
-- The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defensemen Cameron Schilling and Michael Liambas. The two-year contract for Schilling runs through the 2016-17 season and Liambas is a one-year deal for next season.
-- New Jersey's Devils have signed free agent defenseman John Moore. He helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the recent World Championships and that performance has landed him a three-year, $5 million contract.
-- Free agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points.
UNDATED (AP) -- Some star NFL players will be a getting a longer-than-usual offseason.
Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.
Gates' suspension is over the league's ban on performance-enhancing drugs. Richardson and McClain will be sidelined under the substance abuse policy. The suspension of Richardson means the Jets are losing the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Green Bay defensive end Datone Jones will have to sit out the season opener for a substance abuse violation. All the suspensions, announced by the league Thursday, are without pay.
LONDON (AP) -- Following the hottest day in Wimbledon history, the start of play on Day 4 was held up at most of the courts for 45 minutes by rain.
Once things got going second-seed Roger Federer looked as good as ever on the grass-courts in London. He beat American Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in a second round match. The seven-time champion struggled with Querrey's serve in the first set before breaking for a 5-4 lead, and then dominated the last two sets.
Men's third seed Andy Murray won his second round match in straight sets, while the woes of tenth-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') continued. The two-time winner at Wimbledon was upset by qualifier Dustin Brown of Germany, the 102nd-ranked player in the world, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It's the fourth year in a row that Nadal leaves the All England Club early. He lost in the second round in 2012, first round in 2013 and fourth round last year, with none of his opponents ranked higher than 100th.
For the women, second-seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) advanced to the third round with a straight sets win in less than an hour.
And American Madison Keys, the 21st seed, advanced to the third round with a win over an unseeded Russian.