Sports Digest: Castro homer leads to win for Cubs

2013-08-31T21:15:00Z 2013-09-04T21:45:09Z Sports Digest: Castro homer leads to win for Cubs nwitimes.com
August 31, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

CASTRO'S HOMER KEYS CUBS' WIN: Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth to lead the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia.

Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney had two hits apiece.

Carlos Villanueva (3-8) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances.

PEAVY HELPS RED SOX BEAT WHITE SOX: Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings against his former team; Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, and the Boston Red Sox beat the White Sox 7-2 on Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Ellsbury also scored twice and drove in a run for the AL East-leaders.

Acquired in a three-team, seven-player deal on July 30 that sent Boston infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit, Peavy spent four seasons with the White Sox. The 32-year old right-hander went 36-29 after being picked up in a trade from San Diego on July 31, 2009.

 

Pro football

BEARS TRIM ROSTER TO 53: The Bears have waived injured safety Brandon Hardin and parted ways with four other players while trimming their active roster to 53 players Saturday.

A third-round pick last year, Hardin left Thursday night's final preseason game against Cleveland.

The Bears also waived linebacker J.T. Thomas and receiver Terrence Toliver and reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Corvey Irvin and offensive tackle Cory Brandon.

 

Pro basketball

FOWLES HELPS SKY CLINCH 1ST IN EAST: Sylvia Fowles scored 18 points to help the Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 85-68 on Saturday night and clinch home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Elena Delle Donne added 15 and Tamera Young chipped in with 12 for Chicago (21-8), which will be the top seed in the East in the eight-year franchise's first postseason appearance.

 

Pro tennis

AZARENKA RALLIES TO ADVANCE AT U.S. OPEN: Victoria Azarenka needed to win the second set twice. She had plenty left to pull away for a three-set victory at the U.S. Open.

The second-seeded Azarenka took 2 hours, 40 minutes to close out Alize Cornet 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in the third round.

Rafael Nadal has barely been pushed so far at Flushing Meadows. The second-seeded Spaniard posted his third straight-set victory, beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

He'll next face 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat the top American man, John Isner, at this stage for the second straight year. Isner's 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) loss means the host country has only one player left in the men's draw. Tim Smyczek, ranked 109th, plays his third-round match against 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers today.

 

Auto racing

HARVICK WINS NATIONWIDE RACE IN ATLANTA: Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.

Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Kasey Kahne, rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Lagano, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott.

DIXON WINS GRAND PRIX OF BALTIMORE POLE: Scott Dixon swiped the pole from Will Power on the last lap to take the top spot for today's Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Dixon won his second pole of the season. The Dixon-Power front row could make for an interesting start.

Dixon was penalized for inadvertently making contact with Power's Team Penske pit crew last Sunday. The mishap prompted IndyCar to install new rules involving drivers and the safety of pit crew members.

 

 

Pro golf

GARCIA LEADS AT DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP: A good start and a great finish was enough for Sergio Garcia to take the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

On another day of soft conditions and plenty of birdies on the TPC Boston, Garcia opened with five birdies in seven holes, and then made an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Roberto Castro and Henrik Stenson, the Swede who is popping up on every leaderboard.

Garcia was at 13-under 129, and it held up as the lead when no one could catch him on a cloudy afternoon with some light rain. Stenson had a 63, and Castro shot 65.

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