Pro baseball

SAMARDZIJA GOES 8 INNINGS AS CUBS BEAT PADRES: Jeff Samardzija pitched eight impressive innings, and Darwin Barney homered and drove in two runs as the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday night.

In his second straight solid outing, Samardzija (8-11) limited the damage to one run in the eighth inning when the Padres twice loaded the bases and cut the lead to one run. The Valparaiso High School graduate allowed two runs on seven hits. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two.

The light-hitting Barney, who had three hits, connected for a solo shot in the fifth inning and added a go-ahead RBI double in the Cubs' two-run seventh.

RAILCATS SHUT OUT ST. PAUL: Stephen Hiscock had a career-high 10 strikeouts as the RailCats remained 1 1/2 games ahead in the wild card race with a 6-0 road win over St. Paul.

Hiscock allowed four hits over eight innings. The RailCats took control in the fourth when Zac Mitchell had a two-run triple and Adam Klein, who had his first four-hit game of the season, added a two-run double.


Pro football

COLTS TAKE DEFENSIVE APPROACH TO BEAT BROWNS: Andrew Luck threw for two touchdowns Saturday, and the Indianapolis defense did not allow a touchdown for the second straight week as the Colts beat Cleveland 27-6.

Luck finished 16 of 25 for 164 yards with one interception.

Indy's starting defense dominated the game. Cleveland managed only four first downs and lined up for only three plays in Colts territory against Colts starters.


Pro basketball

DELLE DONNE POWERS SKY PAST DREAM: Rookie Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, and Chicago strengthened its hold on the Eastern Conference lead by beating the Atlanta Dream 67-56 on Saturday.

Sylvia Fowles had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Sky (20-8). Chicago, which has won five straight, stretched its lead in the East to 4½ games over second-place Atlanta.

MOORE SCORES CAREER HIGH AS LYNX BEAT FEVER: Maya Moore scored a career-high 35 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Fever 84-77 Saturday night.

Tamika Catchings scored 22 points, and Shavonte Zellous had 19 as the Fever (12-15) fell a half-game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. Indiana has lost four of five and five of seven.


Pro golf

WOODLAND, KUCHAR TIED AT BARCLAYS: Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland exchanged birdies and bad breaks and wound up in a tie for the lead Saturday at The Barclays.

Woodland had a one-shot lead when his tee shot plugged into the lip of the bunker on the 17th, effectively costing him one shot. He wound up with a 3-under 68. Kuchar missed a chance to birdie the reachable 16th when his putt from off the green rolled into a sprinkler and stopped. He shot a 70.

They were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell, who broke the tournament course record with a 62.


Auto racing

KENSETH HOLDS OFF KAHNE TO GET 5TH WIN OF SEASON: Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne for 12 nerve-racking laps to hang on and win Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The win is the fifth of the season for Kenseth, most in the Sprint Cup Series, and clinches a spot in the Chase for the championship.

Kahne passed Juan Pablo Montoya for second and set his sights on Kenseth. Kahne tried numerous times over the final dozen laps to make the pass but never could make it stick. He went for the bump and run on the last lap and missed, and has to settle for second.

Montoya was third, followed by Brian Vickers, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

FRANCHITTI TAKES POLE AT SONOMA: Dario Franchitti will be on the pole for today's IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway.

Franchitti turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds around the 2.385-mile road course in Northern California wine country on Saturday, edging Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon — second at 1:17.7196.

Will Power had won the pole in Sonoma for the last three years. He was third in 1:17.9735, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and IndyCar series points leader Helio Castroneves.

Charlie Kimball continued his impressive recent run with a sixth-place run. Ganassi's Kimball won IndyCar's most recent race in Ohio for his first victory.

Passing is uncommonly difficult on the winding Sonoma track, which makes qualifying particularly important. Four pole-sitters have won the race, and nobody has moved up to win from farther than fifth.


Around the horn

Gary Sawinski of Briar Ridge Country Club tied for 11th with a two-round 147 at the Indiana Senior PGA Championships on Friday at Woodland Trails' Players Club. First-round leader David Carich won the event with a 138. ... Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday in the Canadian Women's Open to take a one-stroke lead over European teammate Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Lydia Ko. ... Will Take Charge waited until the final stride to get a nose past Moreno and pull off a surprise win in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.