August 30, 2020
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA Playoffs have resumed with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers closing out their opening-round series. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each had double-doubles as the Bucks dumped the Magic, 118-104 to advance to the second round. Antetokounmpo contributed 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who took the last four games after dropping the opener. Middleton added 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and nailed a 3-pointer that put Milwaukee ahead, 74-53 early in the second half.
The Lakers also earned a Game 5 win as Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 79 points in a 131-122 triumph over the Trail Blazers. Davis led the Los Angeles scoresheet with 43 points, while James delivered 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Davis had a personal 9-0 run to put Los Angeles up 123-112 after the Lakers wasted a 14-point, third-quarter lead. The rest of the Laker starters combined for 21 points, 14 coming from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Rockets own a 3-2 series lead following a 114-80 pounding of the Thunder. James Harden finished with 31 points to extend his run of playoff games with at least 20 points to 18. Robert Covington had 22 points and Eric Gordon added 20 for the Rockets, who welcomed back Russell Westbrook from his quad injury. Westbrook had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds in 23 ½ minutes.
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are one victory away from a spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. The Lightning enjoy a three-games-to-one lead after scoring the first three goals and playing sound defense in a 3-1 win over the Bruins.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots and the Islanders scored three straight goals to beat the Flyers, 3-1 and take a 2-1 lead in the second-round series. Varlamov did his best work while the Flyers were outskating the Isles in the first period, allowing only a Tyler Pitlick goal at the 14:18 mark.
The Golden Knights also went up 2-1 in their series with the Canucks. Alex Tuch and Zach Whitecloud scored 1:23 apart early in the first period to ignite a 3-0 win for Vegas over Vancouver.
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have climbed into first place in the American League Central, one game ahead of the Chicago White Sox and 1 1/2 in front of the Minnesota Twins.
Tyler Naquin’s RBI double in the 12th inning lifted the Indians past the Cardinals, 2-1. It was Cleveland’s fifth hit of the afternoon and first since the eighth inning.
It was a tough day for Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who bounced into a double play to end the eleventh and was tagged out between third and home to end the game.
Indians hurler Carlos Carrasco allowed two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings for his quality start since Aug. 6 versus Cincinnati.
The White Sox lost for just the second time in 12 games, while the Twins dropped a doubleheader to the Tigers.
The Royals cooled off the White Sox, 9-6 as Maikel Franco and Ryan McBroom homered during Kansas City’s five-run seventh. Ryan O’Hearn and Alex Gordon also went deep to help the Royals win for just the second time in seven games.
The Twins absorbed 8-2 and 4-2 losses in Detroit. Matthew Boyd pitched six solid innings for his first victory of the season, and Victor Reyes had four hits in the opener. Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead the Tigers’ to victory in the nightcap.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Lance McCullers Jr. threw six strong innings and Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer in the Astros’ 4-2 decision over the Athletics in Game 1 of a twinbill. Josh Reddick also connected for Houston.
— Kyle Tucker hit a bases-loaded triple in the first inning and George Springer homered as the Astros beat the Athletics, 6-3 for a doubleheader sweep. The Astros have won four of five to get within 2 1/2 games of the AL West-leading A’s.
— Tampa Bay pitchers extended their streak of success at Marlins Park to 36 consecutive scoreless innings in the Rays’ 4-0 victory over Miami. Rookie Josh Fleming scattered three hits over 5 1/3 innings of Tampa Bay’s fourth straight win, which puts the Rays a season-high 12 games over .500.
— Taijuan Walker made his Toronto debut and allowed just four hits over six innings of the Blue Jays’ 5-0 shutout of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio each hit two-run singles to back Walker, who pitched for the first time since learning that his father and siblings lost their property and belongings in Hurricane Laura.
— The Angels set a season high in runs as Mike Trout collected six RBIs and Jo Adell hit his first two major league home runs in a 16-3 thrashing of the Mariners. Dylan Bundy allowed only one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings, his fifth quality start in seven games.
— Max Muncy drove in four runs for the Dodgers in a 7-4 win over the Rangers and potential trade target Lance Lynn. Cody Bellinger’s long two-run homer in the third put Los Angeles up 3-0.
— Anthony Rizzo homered twice and Yu Darvish won his sixth straight decision with the Cubs’ 3-0 shutout of the Reds in the opener of a doubleheader. Darvish scattered seven hits over six innings to help Chicago halt a three-game skid.
— Nick Castellanos scored on Craig Kimbrel’s third wild pitch of the night to complete the Reds’ seventh-inning comeback in a 7-6 win over the Cubs in Game 2. Jesse Winker hit a two-run shot and Joey Votto and Curt Casali added solo homers to help Cincinnati gain a split.
— The Brewers pulled out a 7-6 win over the Pirates on Eric Sogard’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Sogard’s first walk-off homer came after closer Josh Hader walked five of six batters in the top of the ninth to blow a 5-4 lead.
— The Phillies have their first five-game winning streak in two years after Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a three-run homer in a 4-1 victory against Atlanta. Zach Eflin allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings to help Philadelphia get within two games of the NL East-leading Braves.
— Dellin Betances uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Clint Frazier to score the winning run in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 2-1 verdict over the Mets. J.A. Happ scattered three hits over 7 1/3 shutout innings, but Wilson Ramos (RAH’-mohs) tied it with a homer off Adam Ottavino before the Yankees ended a seven-game losing streak.
— Xander Bogaerts hit an early three-run homer and The Red Sox’s bullpen finished with 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-3 decision over the Nationals. The defending World Series champs lost for the fourth time in five games despite Trea Turner, who was 5-for-5 with two doubles to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
— Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy gave the Rockies their first walk-off victory of the season, but stroking an RBI single in the ninth to complete their 4-3 decision over the Padres. Trevor Story, Raimel Tapia and Garrett Hampson also hit run-scoring singles for Colorado, which had blown a three-run lead in the eighth after Antonio Senzatela blanked San Diego for the first seven.
— Evan Longoria doubled twice and scored twice as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks, 5-2 to end a three-game losing streak. Longoria and Belt hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first, two innings before the Giants added another run on Mike Yastrzemski’s double.
Rays lose another hurler
UNDATED (AP) — Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough has become the 11th Tampa Bay Rays pitcher since the start of summer camp to be sidelined with an injury. He went on the 10-day injured list Saturday because of left groin tightness.
Starting catcher Mike Zunino also went on the injured list with a strained left oblique strain.
In other MLB news:
— The Padres have acquired Trevor Rosenthal from the Royals, bolstering their bullpen for their pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. The 30-year-old Rosenthal has a 3.29 ERA and seven saves in 14 games. San Diego shipped outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named to Kansas City for Rosenthal.