HELLWEG GETS FIRST WIN AS BREWERS BEAT CUBS: Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory, and Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3 on Saturday.
Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.
Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Hellweg was the Pacific Coast League's pitcher of the year after going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts at Triple-A Nashville.
The Cubs got solo shots from Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic who fell to 16 games under .500 at Wrigley Field. With the loss, the Cubs dropped behind the Brewers for last place in the NL Central.
SOX LOSE NINTH STRAIGHT: The White Sox were hoping for one last magic act from closer Addison Reed. It just didn't work out.
The end of this show left them shaking their heads once again.
Reed yielded Matt Wieters' game-ending, two-run single in the 10th inning, sending Chicago to a 4-3 loss at the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
It was the ninth consecutive loss for the White Sox, who grabbed a 3-2 lead on Conor Gillaspie's pinch-hit homer against Tommy Hunter (4-3) in the top half of the inning.
Baltimore was 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Wieters' hit.
"There was a lot of Houdini stuff going on in there," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his pitchers. "They'd get in trouble and work their way out of it. With the way it was going today, you almost figured Reed was going to do the same thing, but it just didn't happen."
DJOKOVIC TO MEET NADAL IN U.S. OPEN FINAL: Rafael Nadal is in the U.S. Open final after a 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet that the Spaniard took easily despite losing serve for the first time in the tournament.
The second-seeded Nadal will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Monday.
This is the first time since 1996 that both U.S. Open finals will pit No. 1 vs. No. 2. Today, top-seeded Serena Williams plays second-seeded Victoria Azarenka for the women's title.
Djokovic had advanced to the final earlier with a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka.
FEVER CLINCHES 9TH STRAIGHT PLAYOFF BERTH: Tamika Catchings had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals to help the Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 69-60 Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for the ninth straight year.
Erlana Larkins had 12 points and six rebounds, and Jessica Breland added 12 points and nine rebounds for the defending champion Fever (15-16), who have won three of four.
EDWARDS WINS RACE; KESELOWSKI MISSES CHASE: NASCAR will have a new champion this year as the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will go on without Brad Keselowski.
The reigning champion failed to make the 12-driver Chase on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, where an ill-timed caution contributed to his 17th-place finish.
The race was won by Carl Edwards, who darted past Paul Menard on a restart with three laps remaining. Kurt Busch finished second to make Furniture Row Racing the first single-car organization to make the Chase.
Ryan Newman was third, but it wasn't enough to make the Chase. He had it in hand after passing Edwards for the lead with 10 laps to go. Then Clint Bowyer spun to bring out a caution, most of the field pitted, and Newman came off pit road in fifth for the last restart.
Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex claimed the two wild-card berths.
PURDUE CALUMET SCORES FIVE SECOND-HALF GOALS IN WIN: Andre Ayala recorded his first collegiate hat trick to help Purdue Calumet defeat Grace Bible 7-0 on Saturday.
Nana Kwesi Annoh added two goals and three assists for the Peregines (3-1-1). Jeremy Marquez had five saves en route to his first shutout.
Around the horn
Jim Taipalus has resigned as general manager of the NWI Olimen. Team president Don Popravak announced in a news release that Taipalus stepped down to pursue other interests. The organization said it will begin an extensive search for a new GM shortly.