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Another rough outing for Darvish as Padres lose at Miami 9-3

Another rough outing for Darvish as Padres lose at Miami 9-3

MIAMI — The Padres totaled five hits against seven pitchers. They had one runner thrown out at the plate, and another erased between second and third to short-circuit a rally. A leisurely throw to first by Manny Machado proved costly, and Yu Darvish endured another rough outing.Not the way San Diego wanted to end a 10-game trip, especially not against a last-place team. But a 9-3 loss forced the Padres to settle for a split of their four-game series in Miami.“We maybe left a play or two out on the field,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “We just weren’t clean enough in a lot of areas today, and couldn’t cover up those mistakes.”Darvish’s ERA rose for the fourth start in a row when he allowed four runs in five innings. The All-Star right-hander needed 23 pitches to get through the first, and later gave up homers to Deven Marrero and Brian Anderson.Darvish (7-5) is 0-3 over his past four starts with an ERA of 7.32, hiking his ERA for the season to 3.27.“It’s always about adjustments,” the veteran from Japan said through a translator. “That’s what I’m going through right now. But I feel like I’m heading in the right direction.”South Florida native Machado hit his 17th homer for the Padres, to the delight of his friends and family in the stands. But with the score tied in the fifth, Marrero beat Machado’s throw from third for an infield single to spark a rally.“Marrero did a really good job of getting down the line,” Tingler said. “We’ve just got to be a little bit cleaner, a little bit tighter.”Marrero then stole second and scored on Magneuris Sierra’s double, and Starling Marte followed with an RBI single for a 4-2 lead. Marte, who could be on the trading block, finished with three hits to hike his average to .303.The Padres ran out of a threat in the sixth. They tried a double steal with Fernando Tatis Jr. at second and Machado at first, but Anthony Bass stepped off the rubber and threw to easily erase Tatis, and San Diego failed to score.Eric Hosmer was thrown out trying to score from first on a one-out double in the second.“We were probably a little too aggressive on the bases trying to make things happen,” Tingler said.The Padres went 5-4 on their eventful trip, with a game in Washington interrupted because of a shooting outside the stadium, and another in Atlanta suspended until later because of rain.Marrero had three hits, including his first home run since 2017, and Anderson hit his fourth homer of the year — and his first since missing two months due to a shoulder injury. Darvish said he was surprised both opposite-field blows cleared the right-field fence.“Not necessarily home run-type of velos,” Darvish said.Miami’s Lewis Brinson added a three-run homer off Nabil Crismatt. Backup catcher Sandy León contributed a two-run double, and Sierra earned his first RBI this season in 131 at-bats.“We came to play,” Brinson said.Anthony Bender (2-1) allowed one run in two innings on a bullpen day for Miami. With left-hander Trevor Rogers going on the injured list Saturday due to back spasms, manager Don Mattingly was forced to rely on relievers.“They were solid,” he said. “They’re a tough club to match up with. But our guys did a nice job of not having that big inning.”NL home run leader Tatís went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk. Brian O’Grady hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth for San Diego.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Wil Myers was held out of the lineup because of a tight hamstring and grounded out as a pinch hitter.DISTRACTED?A strange play involving first baseman Jesús Aguilar led to San Diego’s first run. Aguilar failed to come up with a throw from third for an error, and after retrieving the ball, he appeared to be distracted by a fan behind him and turned toward the stands, allowing batter Tommy Pham to continue to third.Pham then scored on Hosmer’s single.RECORDSMiami improved to 24-23 at home. San Diego fell to 25-25 on the road.UP NEXTPadres: After a day off Monday, they’ll start a two-game series Tuesday at home against Oakland.Marlins: They’ll have a day off and then begin a two-game series in Baltimore on Tuesday, with RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-9, 3.23) scheduled to start. Because of a stint on the bereavement list, Alcantara hasn’t pitched since July 16.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports———Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steve—Wine

Zhang of China makes breakthrough despite loss at Wimbledon

Zhang of China makes breakthrough despite loss at Wimbledon

The first man to represent China in the main draw at Wimbledon during the Open era has been eliminated in the opening roundBy STEVEN WINE AP Sports WriterJune 29, 2021, 8:41 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe first man to represent China in the main draw at Wimbledon during the Open era was eliminated in the opening round Tuesday.Zhang Zhizhen lost to Antoine Hoang of France, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, but found consolation in getting a chance to play on tennis’ grandest stage.“I’m really happy to be a Chinese man here, especially this year, a very tough year,” Zhang said. “For me it’s a very good experience. It’s not really bad to lose, you know?”Even so, Zhang noted a wall at the All England Club displaying flags from different nations, and he speculated the Chinese flag might hang more prominently if he had won a match or two.“It’s quite hard to find the Chinese country,” he said. With a smile he added, “Maybe in the second or third round it would be easier to find the Chinese flag, eh?”Ranked 175th, Zhang faded at the finish in a matchup between qualifiers. In the final set he struggled with his serve, while Hoang had an 11-4 edge in winners.The 24-year-old Zhang won three matches in qualifying to make Wimbledon’s main draw. He failed in three previous attempts to qualify at Grand Slam tournaments.Li Na has had China’s greatest success in tennis. She won women’s singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open and was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019.The last Chinese men to compete in the main draw at Wimbledon were Chu Chen-Hua and Mei Fu-Chi in 1959. Chinese men have also competed at the Australian Open, and are now 0-7 in Grand Slam matches in the Open era, which began in 1968.———More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Ray helps Blue Jays win 4th straight by beating Marlins 3-1

Ray helps Blue Jays win 4th straight by beating Marlins 3-1

MIAMI — Held homerless during a two-game visit to Marlins Park, the high-scoring Toronto Blue Jays departed from their blueprint and won with pitching.Robbie Ray allowed one run in six innings and three relievers completed a five-hitter as Toronto beat Miami 3-1 Wednesday night to complete a sweep.The Blue Jays began the series tied for the MLB lead in homers but were 4-21 when scoring three runs or fewer. They won 2-1 Tuesday and allowed only eight hits in the series.“It’s great that we can shut it down when the hitters are having a little bit of trouble,” Ray said. “These are two really good wins.”Toronto has won four in a row but remains fourth in the AL East.Ray (5-3), coming off his shortest outing of the season, struck out six to increase his season total to 103 in 79 2/3 innings.“My arm-side fastball was the best it has been all year,” the left-hander said. “I was able to drive that pitch down and away to some righties and get some outs away with the fastball. I was pretty happy with that.”Jordan Romano pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth for his fifth save in six chances, and his second in two nights.Bo Bichette had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Blue Jays, who improved to 13-2 in interleague play, including 4-0 against Miami.Starling Marte hit his sixth homer in the sixth for the Marlins. They’ve been outscored 7-2 in their past three games, all losses.“It has probably been the most frustrating thing for all of us as a group and as an offense, just not being able to find that consistency,” manager Don Mattingly said.The last-place Marlins are a season-worst 11 games under .500 at 31-42. They’ve lost 28 games by two runs or fewer.Trevor Rogers (7-4) went five innings and gave up three runs, the most he has allowed since May 2, raising his ERA to 2.08. The left-hander struck out six and became the first Marlins rookie to fan 100 batters in his first 15 games of a season.The Blue Jays scored twice in the first off Rogers, who came into the game leading all MLB rookies in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Teoscar Hernández hit an RBI double, and George Springer’s grounder brought home another run.“We saw he throws a lot of strikes, and we tried to be aggressive,” Hernández said.LAYOFFThe Marlins want to limit Rogers’ innings. He pitched for the first time in eight days and felt it early.“Out of sync a little bit,” he said. “Adrenaline definitely pumping.”GETTING GOINGSpringer went 0 for 3 and is hitless in seven at-bats since returning from a seven-week stint on the injured list.“When you miss that much time, it’s not easy to come into big league games and hit line drives,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It’s going to take awhile.”REVERSALSFirst base umpire Ryan Wills had two calls overturned by replay in the first inning. Each time he ruled the batter beat out a grounder to the first baseman, with the pitcher late covering the base. Each time, replay determined the batter was out.Wills also had a safe call reversed in the eighth.CRACKDOWNRay had no complaint about the umpires’ inspections to eliminate sticky substances.“Pretty simple, pretty quick, pretty painless,” he said.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: LHP Steven Matz (COVID-related) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.UP NEXTBlue Jays: They begin a 10-game, 11-day homestand in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday, when LHP Anthony Kay (0-2, 6.43) is scheduled to start against Baltimore.Marlins: They begin a four-game series Thursday at home against Washington, with RHP Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.90) scheduled to start.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports———Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steve—Wine