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  • 09 May
    ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana has been a model of efficiency lately for the Minnesota Twins.Early on it was all about getting a run on the board and then watch Ervin go to work, manager Paul Molitor said. He was just kind of on cruise control there for a while.Santana scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, Joe Mauer homered and the Twins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Tuesday night.In a matchup of the two worst teams in the major leagues, Minnesota improved to 48-71, four games better than the Braves.Santana (6-9) walked two and struck out six, throwing 64 of his 107 pitches for strikes to win his third straight start. Hes accustomed to pitching at Turner Field after spending the 2014 season with the Braves, but the muggy conditions were still tough to overcome.I feel great, Santana said. There was a lot of humidity, but we got the win. Thats the most important thing.The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the first on Trevor Plouffes RBI double. In the eighth, Mauer hit his 10th homer and Kurt Suzuki had an RBI single to make it 3-0.Brandon Kintzler earned his 12th save in 13 chances after facing four batters in the ninth.Santana allowed three runners to get into scoring position before striking out Jace Peterson in the second, Chase dArnaud in the third and pinch-hitter Jeff Francoeur in the seventh.Pitching against the majors weakest offense, Santana improved to 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. Atlanta ranks last in runs and homers.He just commands both sides of the plate with his fastball, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. Hes got that slider you think youre going to hit, and it just disappears. He had it working today.The Braves cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth. Ryan Pressly gave up Matt Kemps RBI double and Nick Markakis RBI groundout, but he stranded a runner at third when Adonis Garcia lined out.Minnesota made it 4-2 in the ninth when Mauricio Cabrera, the sixth of seven Atlanta pitchers, gave up Plouffes RBI single.Mauer went 3 for 4 and is hitting .418 with 14 RBI in his last 19 games. Suzuki is hitting .322 with 26 RBI in his last 42 games.Atlanta starter Joel De La Cruz (0-6) gave up four hits, one run, two walks and struck four in 5 1/3 innings.The Twins are 15-8 in their last 23 road games. The Braves dropped to 18-40 at home.WELCOME TO THE BIGSBraves SS Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2015, will be in the lineup Wednesday and make his major league debut when hes called up from Double-A Mississippi. Swanson replaces Erick Aybar, who was traded before Tuesdays game to Detroit for catching prospect Kade Scivicque. In 127 games in the minors, Swanson hit .277 with 10 homers and 66 RBI.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: Molitor said Miguel Sano could return to Wednesdays lineup after missing the last three games with a sore right elbow. An MRI taken Monday showed no structural damage. Sano had Tommy John surgery on the same elbow and missed the 2014 season.Braves: Interim manager Brian Snitker said All-Star RHP Julio Teheran was encouraged after making a rehab appearance Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett. He allowed three hits and two runs -- one earned -- with five strikeouts in five innings. Teheran, the Atlanta ace, is expected to come off the DL and start Friday against Washington. Hes been sidelined since July 30 with a right lat strain.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-7) is 2-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 11 career interleague starts.Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (6-5) won at Minnesota on July 27 despite giving up 12 hits and seven runs -- six earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. Nike Air Max Plus Wholesale . 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Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Georgia didnt just bounce back from a flat offensive effort against Florida. By executing in the clutch against Kentucky, the Bulldogs offered a reminder of how effectively they could move the ball.Everything culminated in redshirt freshman Rodrigo Blankenships 25-yard field goal as time expired that gave Georgia a 27-24 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night and ended the Bulldogs two-game losing streak.Bulldogs Jacob Eason completed four passes for 42 yards on the final drive before Sony Michel ran twice for 15 yards, including a 13-yarder to Kentuckys 15 with 20 seconds remaining. After a Bulldogs timeout, Michel ran another 7 yards to set up Blankenship, who put it through to help Georgia (5-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) avoid falling below .500 after entering with four losses in five games.Nobody panicked, first-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. Jacob managed it well. He made some good decisions with the ball. We threw and caught the ball on that drive. ... I was proud of the way our kids executed in that situation.Georgias win follows last weeks 24-10 loss to No. 10 Florida in Jacksonville, a game in which it gained just 164 yards.Blankenships game-winner followed kicks of 25, 42 and 49 yards that helped set a career best along with keeping Georgia in the game against Kentucky. His final field goal followed Austin MacGinnis 25-yard field goal with 2:47 left for Kentucky that tied the game at 24. Kentucky couldnt stop Eason, who completed 17 of 31 passes for 245 yards, or Michel, who rushed 19 times for 127 yards -- including a 26-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.Eason also threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on Georgias first drive for an early lead and hit an important 2-point conversion pass on their go-ahead touchdown.The Wildcats (5-4, 4-3 SEC), who looked to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 with a win, instead had their three-game winning streak snapped.It sucks very badly,, especially when you lose on a last-second field goal, said Kentucky running back Boom Williams, who had 77 yards rushing on 14 carries including a 13-yard touchdown.ddddddddddddIts probably one of the worst ways you can lose besides a Hail Mary at the end of a game.THE TAKEAWAYGeorgia: The Bulldogs werent perfect, committing three turnovers and watching Kentucky convert one into a go-ahead touchdown. But they reasserted themselves offensively by outgaining Kentucky 460-308 -- including 215 yards rushing -- and moving the ball when it mattered. Nick Chubb added 85 yards on 21 carries after combining for just 60 on 25 attempts the past two games.Defensively, the `Dawgs came up with two second-half turnovers that stalled Kentuckys momentum. Coach always says that turnovers come in bunches, cornerback Maurice Smith said, and we knew that once we got one that the second one would come.Kentucky: The Wildcats led 21-13 but couldnt build on the lead, and converting just 3 of 13 third-down chances was a reason why. Just as they seemed to get going late behind another strong rushing game from Benny Snell (21 carries, 114 yards), the offense stalled inside the 10 and they settled for a tying field goal. Players battled and we had an opportunity to win, coach Mark Stoops said. And we didnt. ... There were certainly things we couldve done better, and I would like to execute better in that 2-minute situation at the end.UP NEXTGeorgia: Hosts No. 11 Auburn next Saturday in its SEC finale, looking for a third straight win over the Tigers. The Bulldogs have won the past two meetings by a 47-14 combined margin.Kentucky: The Wildcats finish their SEC schedule when they visit Tennessee next Saturday, seeking their first win over the Volunteers since 2011 and first triumph in Knoxville since 1984.---More AP college football: collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '