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  • 09 May 2019
    NEW YORK -- Center fielder Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a winning homer for the final out, and the New York Mets were handed another costly loss by last-place Atlanta when the Braves rallied for a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.With two runners on in the ninth, Cespedes launched a drive to deep right-center. Inciarte raced to the wall and timed his jump perfectly, catching the ball just above the orange line atop the fence.He held up his glove in excitement as Cespedes turned and walked slowly off the field. Some fans in the stunned crowd still had their hands on their heads as they filed up the aisles toward the exits.New York remained tied with St. Louis in the NL wild-card race, a half-game behind the Giants pending San Franciscos late game at Dodger Stadium. The teams began the day in a three-way tie for the leagues final two playoff spots.Bartolo Colon and Jeurys Familia failed to protect a three-run lead for the Mets. An error by normally sure-handed first baseman James Loney helped Atlanta tie it with an unearned run in the eighth.Inciarte had an RBI groundout against Familia (3-4) in the top of the ninth, sending the Braves to their fifth straight victory.Ian Krol (2-0) struck out pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 17th save.Atlantas Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to a career-best 25 games and has reached base safely in 41 straight. Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera homered for the Mets.CUBS 9, REDS 2CHICAGO -- John Lackey pitched seven solid innings for his first win in six weeks, Miguel Montero drove in three runs, and Chicago swept Cincinnati.Kris Bryant hit his 38th homer and Dexter Fowler also connected to help major league-leading Chicago move a season-high 42 games over .500. The Cubs (97-55) also matched their win total from a year ago and lowered their magic number for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs to two over Washington.Lackey (10-8) allowed two runs and five hits in his first win since he beat the Angels on Aug. 9. The right-hander, who retired his last 14 batters, went 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his previous four starts.The last-place Reds lost for the seventh time in eight games. They managed just five runs and 19 hits in the three-game series against the NL Central champions.Robert Stephenson (2-2) was pulled with two out in the fourth inning.RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 1BALTIMORE -- Boston scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning after first baseman Chris Davis throwing error and beat Baltimore to pad its AL East lead.Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who will try to complete a four-game sweep Thursday night. Boston pulled five games ahead of Toronto and six in front of Baltimore.Clay Buchholz (8-10) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings for the Red Sox. Bostons seven-game winning streak, which began with a sweep of the Yankees, is its longest since an identical run early in the 2014 season.Baltimore is a game behind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. The Orioles have lost five of seven, all at home. Ubaldo Jimenez (7-12) was the loser.YANKEES 11, RAYS 5ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie Gary Sanchez hit two more homers and drove in five runs, Masahiro Tanaka won despite allowing four home runs in the third inning and New York beat Tampa Bay.The Yankees moved within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot. New York also would have to jump over Seattle, Houston and Detroit to earn a postseason berth.Sanchez hit a three-run shot in a four-run second off Alex Cobb (1-1) and added his 19th homer in 43 games this season on a solo drive in the sixth against Justin Marks.Tanaka (14-4) won his seventh straight decision.Bobby Wilson, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson all homered in the third. Miller later hit another solo shot to give him 30 homers this season.MARINERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 12 INNINGSSEATTLE -- Robinson Cano drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning and the Seattle beat Toronto to avoid a series sweep.Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-15), who pitched five scoreless innings in his last start Friday, came in on the 12th for his first relief appearance after 29 starts.Guillermo Heredia reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson to open the 12th. Ben Gamel followed with an attempted sacrifice bunt, and first baseman Ryan Goins appeared to have Heredia at third, but the ball popped out of Donaldsons glove on the tag.Cano then followed with a run-scoring fly to left, quieting the decidedly pro-Blue Jays crowd, bolstered for the third straight game by thousands of fans from western Canada.Nick Vincent (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.After being blanked on two hits for eight innings, the Blue Jays tied it in the ninth on Jose Bautistas 19th home run, a one-out solo shot to left off closer Edwin Diaz.NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 3MIAMI -- Max Scherzer pitched 6 2/3 innings to tie for the National League victory lead with 18, helping Washington beat Miami.Scherzer (18-7) allowed three runs and struck out eight to push his major league-leading total to 267. Hes tied for with Chicagos Jon Lester for the most wins in the NL.Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and Trea Turner also homered for the Nationals. They ended a four-game losing streak and lowered their magic number to three to win the NL East over the New York Mets.Tom Koehler (9-12) allowed four runs -- three earned -- in four innings for the Marlins.Christian Yelich hit a solo home run and Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to chase Scherzer in the seventh and cut it to 6-3.INDIANS 4, ROYALS 3CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland beat Kansas City to eliminate the reigning World Series champions from the AL Central race.The Indians reduced their magic number for clinching the Central to five.Carlos Santana was 4 for 5 with an RBI single in the eighth. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth with his third double of the game.Kluber (18-9) matched his career high in wins and is 10-1 in his last 14 starts, strengthening his case to win his second AL Cy Young Award in three years.Cody Allen allowed Salvador Perezs leadoff homer in the ninth, but recorded his 28th save in 31 opportunities. Ian Kennedy (11-10) was the loser.ANGELS 5, RANGERS 4ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Trout hit his 28th homer and Jered Weaver went six innings for his 150th victory in an Angels uniform, helping Los Angeles beat the AL West-leading Texas.The magic number for Texas (90-63) to win its second consecutive AL West title remained at two after the loss and second-place Houstons victory at Oakland.Trouts three-run drive off Derek Holland (7-9) in the fifth put the Angels up 5-1.Weaver (12-12) struck out six and allowed four runs. He joined Chuck Finley (165) as the only pitchers to win 150 games for the Angels. A California native who has spent all 11 of his MLB seasons with the Angels, Weaver is 150-93 in 321 career starts.Andrew Bailey worked the ninth for his fourth save.ROCKIES 11, CARDINALS 1DENVER -- Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam, German Marquez pitched five solid innings for his first major league win and Colorado slowed St. Louis playoff chase.Arenado made it 6-1 in the second with his NL-leading 39th homer.Marquez (1-0) made his first big league start after three appearances out of the bullpen. He allowed one run and struck out three. At 21 years, 212 days, Marquez was the second-youngest pitcher in Rockies history to earn his first win. The youngest was Jamey Wright at 21 years, 206 days.Luke Weaver (1-4) allowed seven hits and six runs in two innings.ASTROS 6, ATHLETICS 5OAKLAND, Calif. -- Evan Gattis homered twice, catcher Jason Castro threw out a runner to end the game and Houston beat Oakland to complete a series sweep.Oakland scored on second baseman Jose Altuves fielding error with two outs in the ninth inning to pull to 6-5. Castro then threw out pinch-runner Arismendy Alcantara trying to steal second.Collin McHugh (12-10) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Five relievers combined to record the final 10 outs, with former As setup man Luke Gregerson retiring three batters for his 15th save.Gattis reached 30 homers. He hit a two-run drive in the sixth off Daniel Mengden (2-8) for a 4-1 lead and connected again in the eighth.PIRATES 4, BREWERS 1MILWAUKEE -- Sean Rodriguez hit a home run and a two-run single, Andrew McCutchen went deep, rookie Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.The Pirates won their sixth straight at Miller Park, and sixth of seven overall.McCutchen helped the Pirates jump out to an early lead for the second consecutive game. He hit a 2-2 pitch that just slipped by the left-field foul pole for his 24th home run.Rodriguezs two-run single finished the scoring in the first off starter Jimmy Nelson (8-15) and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Rodriguez hit his 18th home run of the season in the fourth. He has homered in four of his last five games.Kuhl (5-3) struck out six and walked one. Tony Watson got his 15th save.PHILLIES 8, WHITE SOX 3PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph homered, doubled and drove in three runs and Jerad Eickhoff outpitched Chris Sale in Philadelphias victory over Chicago.Joseph has 21 home runs, third most among rookies in the majors. The Phillies teed off on Sale (16-9), tagging the ace for six runs and seven hits in four innings.Eickhoff (11-13) pitched seven innings and gave up six hits, including solo home runs by Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier and Alex Avila homered, and struck out six.Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel left in the sixth after being hit in the head by a pitch from Chris Beck. Goeddel was the fourth Philadelphia player to be hit in the game, tying a franchise record. Cheap Air Max 90 Wholesale . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. Air Max 90 Australia . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). Wholesale Air Max 90 Australia . Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner. Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). Wholesale Air Max 90 . Louis Blues teammates who would also be participating in the Olympics, Alex Pietrangelo felt right at home, no different in some ways to the travel experience of any old road trip – save for the length of the journey, that is. Evander Holyfield, one of boxings greatest warriors during his legendary 27-year professional career, used dancing as a way to stay in shape and to get ready for fights.Holyfield has no more fights coming up but he probably spent some time dancing on Tuesday, celebrating that he was among those elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which announced the class of 2017.Holyfield, a 1984 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, the first undisputed cruiserweight champion, former undisputed heavyweight champion and the only boxer to win a heavyweight title four times, was elected in his first year of eligibility, along with all-time Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera and the late Johnny Tapia.They were the three newcomers to the modern category ballot, which was voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a panel of historians.They will be enshrined June 11 during the 28th annual induction ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. To be eligible, fighters must not have boxed for at least five years.In the non-participant category, Australian trainer Johnny Lewis, veteran Nevada judge Jerry Roth and the late ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr. were elected. In the observer category, longtime Showtime broadcast partners Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins were elected. The late Eddie Booker, a welterweight and middleweight contender in the 1940s and 50s, was elected in the old timer category.Im honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and Id just like to thank Jesus for giving me the tenacity to not quit, Holyfield said.A hugely popular fighter, Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs), known as The Real Deal, will undoubtedly be the star of induction weekend. He fought from 1984 to 2011 and was involved in many of the biggest fights of his time against other Hall of Famers, including a legendary trilogy with Riddick Bowe and two upset victories against Mike Tyson, the second of which famously cost him a chunk of his ear when Tyson bit it off in a disqualification loss.What can you say when youve done what Ive done? It do speak for itself. I had a good amateur career, became the first undisputed cruiserweight champ of the world and then undisputed heavyweight champ, Holyfield told ESPN upon learning that he was on the ballot. I fought them all. I fought everyone who was the best at my time of boxing and did real well. If youre the best youre going to be in the Hall of Fame.I fought everybody. I didnt make up excuses on why I shouldnt fight this guy or that guy. I fought everyone I was supposed to. Im glad I played by the rules and became the champ. I fought and did my very best.Holyfield also scored significant wins against Hall of Famer Dwight Muhammad Qawi to win his first cruiserweight world title in an epic 15-rounder in 1986; Buster Douglas to win the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1990; aging Hall of Famers George Foreman and Larry Holmes in title defenses and Michael Moorer to avenge a loss and unify two titles, not to mention wins against Ray Mercer, Michael Dokes, John Ruiz and Hasim Rahman.Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs), known as the Baby Faced Assassin, became one of the greatest fighters in Mexicos rich boxing history during his 1989 to 2011 career. Barrera won world titles at junior featherweight, featherweight and junior lightweight and engaged in many memorable fights.This is the best news for me, Barrera said. Im very happy to hear this news that I have been inducted into the Hall of Fame and I am excited to go to Canastota.Barrera won an all-time great trilogy 2-1 against bitter rival and countryman Erik Morales. Their first fight in 2000, a junior featherweight unification bout Barrera lost by split decision, is regarded as one of the greatest fights in history. The first and third bouts were widely considered the fight of the year in 2000 and 2004, respectively.Barreras biggest win, however, was clear decision in a major upset against Hall of Famer Prince Naseem Hamed in 2001. Barrera also beat well-known opponents such as Tapia, Paulie Ayala, Kevin Kelley, Rocky Juarez (twice) and Kennedy McKinney, in a raging 1996 junior featherweight title fight that was one of the best of the decade.Tapia (59-5-2, 30 KOs), who led a troubled life of addiction and depression before his death at age 45 in 2012, still managed to win five world tiitles at junior bantamweight, bantamweight and featherweight during his 1988 to 2011 career.dddddddddddd He put on many entertaining fights despite his constant personal turmoil and many consider him the best junior bantamweight in the history of the weight class.Known as Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life), Tapia won his first junior bantamweight title in 1994 and made 13 defenses, including the biggest win of his career, a decision in a unification bout with bitter crosstown Albuquerque, New Mexico, rival Danny Romero that was so divisive in their community that it wound up being held in Las Vegas because of security concerns in their hometown.Teresa Tapia, Johnnys wife and manager, was appreciative of his election.Im going to use his words, she said. What he used to say is, it doesnt matter how many times you fall, its how many times you pick yourself up to be successful.Lewis has trained many of Australias top fighters for five decades. He trained Hall of Famers Jeff Fenech, a three-division champion, and former junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu as well as American Virgil Hill, who won titles at light heavyweight and cruiserweight.What an honor. Its something you never think is going to be bestowed upon someone and when it is, its just a wonderful feeling not only for yourself, but for your family and the guys that were responsible for that happening and they were the fighters, Lewis said.Roth was long one of boxings most respected judges, working for the Nevada State Athletic Commission from 1980 to 2015. He judged more than 200 world title bouts. Some of the more famous fights he was assigned included Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.-Meldrick Taylor I, Roy Jones Jr.-James Toney, Tapia-Romero, Jones-Ruiz, Holyfield-Foreman, Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya, Barrera-Morales III, Lennox Lewis-Holyfield II and all three Bowe-Holyfield fights.It feels terrific, Roth said of his election. I cant describe it. Im absolutely thrilled. I did a lot of title fights over the years - over 200. Im thrilled.Farhood and Tompkins, elected in their first year on the observer ballot, are well-known to boxing fans as broadcast partners on Showtimes ShoBox: The New Generation series.Besides his award-winning broadcast work, Farhood is a noted boxing historian, founded the old KO magazine in 1980 and was editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine from 1989 to 1997.This is highest honor I could possibly receive, Farhood said. I have such respect for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Ive been a visitor so many times but next year will be special for obvious reasons. It serves as validation for a career that has been boxing, and pretty much nothing but boxing, for almost 40 years. I am truly touched and honored and I cant wait until June.Tompkins also had a long run as the blow-by-blow announcer for HBO during the 1980s and called numerous big fights, including famed calls on Sugar Leonard-Thomas Hearns I, Leonard- Hagler, Hagler-Hearns and Aaron Pryor-Alexis Arguello I.To be recognized by the boxing community in general and by my peers in the media in particular is the highest compliment I could be given as a broadcaster, Tompkins said. You want the respect of your peers and thats what Ive always strived for. I couldnt be happier.Lennon was one of boxings most famous ring announcers for decades, mainly on the West Coast. He died in 1992 but appeared on the ballot for the first time this year, three years after his son, Jimmy Lennon Jr., who followed in his footsteps, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.I think it is so extremely meaningful for my family, Lennon Jr. said. My mom was brought to tears when she heard that he was nominated. She is 94 years old now and I guarantee you she is going to be at the ceremony with so much pride. Our whole family will. We are thrilled and honored.Black Dynamite Booker (66-5-8, 34 KOs), who boxed from 1935 to 1944, was one of the many black fighters denied opportunities because of his color. He never got to fight for a world title but he knocked out the great Hall of Famer Archie Moore in their third fight (after twice battling him to a draw) and also defeated Hall of Famers Holman Williams (going 1-1-1) and Lloyd Marshall. ' ' '