MILWAUKEE (AP)- The St. Louis Cardinals have closed within one game of division-leading Pittsburgh following their 8-6 victory over Milwaukee yesterday led by two towering home runs by Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig in a six-run second inning. Meanwhile, the Pirates lost again, dropping a 2-1 decision in San Diego as Ian Kennedy and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.
MIAMI (AP) – Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth start in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense by the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive night in a 4-1 triumph. Greinke improved to 12-3, allowing six hits, and lowered his ERA to 2.91.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki (EE’-cheer-oh soo-ZOO’-kee) has collected his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues. The 39-year-old Suzuki has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan’s Pacific League.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP)- The four-week playoff culminating with the PGA Tour championship begins today with the Barclays Championship outside New York City. The top 125 money winners on the PGA Tour are eligible for this event including Tiger Woods, who is gunning for his 80th PGA tour victory.
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Tennis Association says 2006 champion Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) is withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a right shoulder injury. Sharapova, who was seeded third at the Open, has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.