ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams cracked a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-0 victory over Pittsburgh last night. The victory moves the defending NL champion Cardinals to within four games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee, which lost 3-2 to Philadelphia for its sixth loss in seven games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hit three home runs in a six-run 11th inning to beat Washington 8-2 to take the opener of a four-game “Battle of the Beltways” interleague series. Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado all went deep in the 11th after Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 28th homer, a two-run shot, for the AL East-leading Orioles.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver left last night’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays after two perfect innings because of tightness in his lower back. The 31-year-old right-hander is 9-6 with a 3.87 ERA in his 18 previous starts this season, the third year of a five-year, $85 million contract extension that will expire after the 2016 season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An expert hired by Mrs. Donald Sterling has testified the 80-year-old owner of the L.A. Clippers has Alzheimer’s disease. The NBA wants Sterling out as team owner because of racist remarks he made. Shelly Sterling has made a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, but Donald Sterling claims she didn’t have authority to make a unilateral agreement.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried about Brazil’s “brutal” tackling in recent games, and has appealed to the referee of their World Cup semifinal to be on the lookout for such tactics. Germany and Brazil play this afternoon (3 p.m. Eastern time) with the winner advancing to Sunday’s World Cup final against the Netherlands-Argentina winner.