ASTROS 4, WHITE SOX 3
HOUSTON -Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Yuli Gurriel's RBI single with one out in Houston's two-run ninth lifted the Astros to a 4-3 win over Chicago. The Astros trailed by 1 when Joakim Soria (0-3) walked pinch-hitter Tony Kemp with no outs in the ninth before advancing to third on a single by pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez. George Springer snapped an 0-for-8 slump and tied it at 3-3 with his RBI single to shallow center field. Alex Bregman walked to load the bases and Altuve struck out before Gurriel sent a ball over second baseman Yoan Moncada's head into right field to give Houston the victory. Justin Verlander bounced back from his last start as He yielded four hits and two runs and struck out 10 in seven innings. Joe Smith (3-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for the win in his first appearance since June 6.
CARDINALS 11, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO -- Luke Weaver pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Giants 11-2. Jedd Gyorko had three hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs to spoil the return of Johnny Cueto after two months on the disabled list. Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader also went deep, while Yadier Molina singled three times. The Cardinals had a season-high 18 hits. Alen Hanson homered for San Francisco, which has scored five runs while losing four straight. Weaver (5-7) faced two over the minimum and had seven strikeouts. He carried a perfect game into the sixth before giving up a single and Hanson's two-run homer. Weaver then bounced back to retire the final seven batters he faced. Cueto (3-1) was rocked in his long-awaited return from the 60-day disabled list. He gave up four runs in the first inning -- one more than he had in 32 innings before going out with right elbow inflammation.
BREWERS 7, BRAVES 2
TWINS 5, ORIOLES 2
RANGERS 7, TIGERS 5
the cubs, pirates, reds, indians and royals all had the day off but are back in action again today
CHICAGO SEEING RED
Two weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs suffered through an embarrassing four-game sweep in Cincinnati -- beginning a stretch of six losses in seven games. Chicago has won six straight games since that rough patch, and has the opportunity to make amends with the Reds when the two teams begin a weekend series at Wrigley Field. Mike Montgomery (3-2) starts for Chicago, and Tyler Mahle (6-6) takes the mound for Cincinnati.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach just one day before Major League Baseball's deadline. For both sides, the delay was well worth the wait. There were no contentious contract negotiations in the way, only a College World Series championship for Larnach with Oregon State. Larnach's standard minor league deal came with a $2.55 million signing bonus. The slot value set by MLB for the 20th overall selection was $3.12 million, so the Twins put some of that savings toward signing other players in their draft class. Larnach, a corner outfielder who hit .327 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs this season for the Beavers, batted .417 with five doubles, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games at the College World Series.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams. Terms were not disclosed. Williams, a forward-center out of Texas A&M, was selected 27th overall last month with the Celtics' lone draft pick. Williams' signing comes days after he received a lecture from the team about accountability following a pair of off-the-court incidents. The 20-year-old slept through a scheduled conference call with reporters the day after the draft and then failed to catch a flight from his native Louisiana to Boston in time for a summer league practice. Williams will wear jersey No. 44.
NEW YORK (AP) - Vegas forward William Karlsson is among 43 NHL players seeking salary arbitration after he finished third in the NHL in scoring with the expansion Golden Knights last season. Two more Golden Knights, defenseman Colin Miller and forward Tomas Nosek, also are on the list of players electing to have an arbitrator determine their contracts, the NHL Players' Association announced. The number was 44 before the Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a $4.6 million, two-year contract with defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, a restricted free agent. Van Riemsdyk will make $2.1 million next season and $2.5 million in the final year of the deal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15 million contract, locking up a player who has been a stalwart presence in the team's emergence as a playoff contender. The contract pays the 25-year-old Jenner $3.75 million annually through the 2021-22 season.
MONTREAL (AP) - Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will be out for an extended period after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The Canadiens said Weber's recovery time is expected to be five to six months, meaning he won't be suiting up until December at the earliest. It's the second surgery this year for Weber, who had a torn tendon in his left foot repaired in March.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Webb Simpson ran out of sensational shots in the end to keep him from joining an elite group. Simpson shot a 9-under-par 61 for a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim after the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Thursday. Simpson posted his best career score after shaking off a two-hour weather delay with six holes left in his round. He came up short in his bid to shoot the eighth sub-60 round on the PGA Tour. Needing birdies on the par-5 17th and the par-3 18th for a 59, he parred both. Kim had back-to-back bogeys on the front nine on the Old White TPC, and then ran off five birdies over a seven-hole stretch. The South Korean had 10 birdies overall and shot 62.
ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) - Defending champion Katherine Kirk shot a 10-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kirk wasted no time in picking up from where she left off last year, when she snapped a seven-year, 152-tournament victory drought in the inaugural edition of the Classic. Starting on the back nine, Kirk opened with three consecutive birdies and ended her day with a perfect wedge into the par-5 ninth for a tap-in birdie. Kirk needed to keep her foot on the gas because 21 players shot 6-under or better.
Fifty years after Evel Knievel so famously wiped out trying to jump the fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, action sports wild man Travis Pastrana will try to nail the stunt Sunday night in the finale of a triple-header tribute to the late daredevil. It's a daunting proposition even for Pastrana, who is winding down a career in which he's done some pretty crazy things. If he sticks it, what a way to go out. Pastrana will even be dressed like Knievel, in a white jumpsuit with the blue V and white stars. Pastrana's attempt to jump the fountain will cap "Evel Live," a three-hour telecast on the History Channel.