Sports Digest: Saltdogs silence RailCats

2013-08-10T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:32:13Z Sports Digest: Saltdogs silence RailCats nwitimes.com
August 10, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

NAVARRO LIFTS CUBS TO WIN OVER CARDS: Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to cap a three-run rally and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Saturday night to win a series in St. Louis for the first time in nearly three years.

Matt Holliday homered for twice St. Louis, which lost its fourth in a row. Chicago won for the third time in four games.

The Cubs trailed 4-2 entering the eighth, but tied it 4-4 on Darwin Barney's two-out, two-run double by off reliever Trevor Rosenthal (1-3). Navarro followed with his fifth pinch-hit RBI of the season to give Chicago a 5-4 lead.

Blake Parker (1-1) picked up the victory for the Cubs, who last won a series in St. Louis on Sept. 13-15, 2010.

Kevin Gregg earned his 25th save in 29 opportunities despite giving up Holliday's 15th homer of the season, a solo shot with one out in the ninth.

SALTDOGS SILENCE RAILCATS: Stephen Bougher allowed four hits over eight innings as Lincoln downed the visiting RailCats 4-1 Saturday.

Zac Mitchell doubled in the eighth and scored the RailCats' only run on a Nick Liles single. Billy Spottiswood took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings. Adam Klein's 33-game on-base streak, the second-longest of the season in the American Association, came to an end with an 0-for-4 finish.

 

Pro soccer

FIRE EDGES IMPACT: Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka scored first-half goals and the Fire held on for a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night.

The win was the Fire's second straight and improved them to .500 this season (9-9-4), stretching an unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) in MLS competition. Coupled with New England's loss, Chicago climbed to sixth in the MLS' Eastern Conference.

 

Auto racing

AMBROSE TAKES CUP POLE AT WATKINS GLEN: Marcos Ambrose has won the Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen today.

It was the third career pole for Ambrose, who has won the past two Cup races at The Glen. He turned a fast lap of 128.281 mph Saturday in the new Gen-6 car to easily eclipse the track record of 127.020 set a year ago by Juan Pablo Montoya.

Clint Bowyer qualified second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Kyle Busch as Michael Waltrip Racing placed two in the top three.

KESELOWSKI WINS NATIONWIDE AT WATKINS GLEN: Brad Keselowski has won the NASCAR Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.

It was the fourth straight win over five months in the series for Keselowski, who beat Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. for his first victory at The Glen.

Hornish started from the pole and the Penske pair dominated the race, running 1-2 the final 16 laps with teammate Joey Logano in third until Logano ran out of gas at the end.

Brian Vickers was third, followed by Regan Smith and Elliott Sadler.

Points leader Austin Dillon finished 11th and saw his lead shrink to three points over Hornish.

 

Track and field

BOLT ON TRACK TO RECAPTURE 100 TITLE: At the end of Day 1, Usain Bolt is on track to recapture the 100-meter gold he lost at the last world championships, and Mo Farah already has the 10,000 title he missed out on two years ago.

Even if a false start in his heat was reminiscent of what disqualified him in the 2011 final, it was the runner next to him that was sent packing, not Bolt.

On the second attempt, the Jamaican set off confidently and cruised all the way to a time of 10.07 seconds for the seventh fastest time of the day.

Two Americans had the top times with Mike Rodgers clocking 9.98 and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin also dipping under 10, with 9.99.

In a tantalizing finish to the 10,000, Farah, the double Olympic long-distance champion from Britain, had to fight off defending champion Ibrahim Jeilan over the last 150 meters. But instead of giving in at the line like he did two years ago, Farah's finishing speed was such that he had time to cover his face with his hands and cross the line with his arms wide open.

Temperatures were close to 81 degrees when Farah ran, but it was even higher when defending marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the first gold medal of the world championships with a blazing late kick.

 

Around the horn

Tamika Catchings had 21 points to lead the short-handed Fever to an 80-66 win over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday night.

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