Heat even series
MIAMI (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs kept pace with the Miami Heat for the first 32 minutes in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. The next 12 minutes allowed the Heat to even the series at a game apiece.
Miami trailed 62-61 late in the third quarter before a 33-5 run allowed the Heat to pull away in a 103-84 rout of the Spurs. The lead grew to 98-71 with 4:41 remaining, less than a minute after head coach Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL'-struh) pulled LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers off the court.
Chalmers had a team-high 19 points for the Heat, who drained 10 three-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field. James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists after recording his 10th career postseason triple-double in Miami's Game-1 loss to the Spurs.
The Spurs had just three players score at least 10 points, led by Danny Green's 17. Tony Parker chipped in 13 points but shot just 5-for-14. Tim Duncan grabbed 11 rebounds but missed 10 of his 13 shots to finish with nine points.
The series shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Tuesday.
Kidd interested in Nets vacancy
MIAMI (AP) — Jason Kidd is very interested in rejoining the Nets.
A person familiar with the situation says Kidd is eyeing Brooklyn's head coaching position and plans to talk with the team this week. He led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03 as a player and recently ended his 19-year playing career.
Zimmermann gets his ninth...Moore shelled...Rangers rally
UNDATED (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann has become the majors' fourth nine-game winner of the year.
Zimmermann lowered his ERA to 2.00 by allowing just two hits while striking out eight over seven innings of Washington's 7-0 shutout of Minnesota in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. The Nationals finally provided Zimmermann with some offense after scoring no more than three runs for him in seven straight games. Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') had two hits and drove in three runs, while Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Washington rallied to win the nightcap 5-4 and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Former Twin Denard Span tripled home the tying run in the sixth, one inning before Ian Desmond laced an RBI double that puts the Nats at .500.
Matt Moore and Dustin Masterson were unsuccessful in their attempts to earn their ninth win of the year.
Moore was torched in Tampa Bay's 10-7 loss to Baltimore, surrendering career highs of nine runs and 12 hits in five innings. He's allowed 15 runs and 19 hits in seven innings over his last two appearances since opening the year 8-0.
J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Alexi Casilla (kah-SEE'-uh) and Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) each had two RBIs as the Orioles salvaged the finale of the three-game series.
Masterson was pitching well until Don Kelly belted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning of Detroit's 4-1 win over Cleveland. Masterson was outdueled by Jose Alvarez, who gave up one run in six innings in his major league debut. Alvarez no-hit the Indians until Ryan Raburn's fifth-inning homer.
Also in the majors, homers by Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray), Nelson Cruz and David Murphy helped the Texas Rangers turn a 4-0 deficit into a 6-4 victory over Toronto. Beltre's blast broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh.
Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers homered to power the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory and a four-game split of the Athletics in Oakland. Winning pitcher Hector Santiago looked good over 6 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run and four hits.
David Ortiz has five homers and 14 RBIs in his last 10 games after launching a three-run shot in Boston's 10-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) connected twice, the first coming one pitch before Mike Carp went deep in the sixth inning.
The New York Yankees beat the Mariners 2-1 in Seattle on Chris Stewart's RBI single in the ninth inning. Brett Gardner furnished four of the Yankees' seven hits and drove in the game's first run.
Atlanta was an 8-1 winner against the Dodgers in Los Angeles as Dan Uggla (UG'-lah) supplied two homers and four RBIs. Freddie Freeman doubled home three runs and Mike Minor worked six innings as the Braves earned a split of the four-game set.
Matt Holiday's grand slam capped a seven-run 10th inning that gave St. Louis an 11-4 win at Cincinnati. Matt Carpenter had three RBIs and Carlos Beltran hit a solo shot.
Cody Ransom ripped a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Chicago Cubs past Pittsburgh 4-1. Edwin Jackson struck out eight in a season-high seven innings as the Cubs won despite failing to get a hit until the bottom of the sixth.
Chad Gaudin (goh-DAN') had his second good start in place of the injured Ryan Vogelsong, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings as San Francisco topped Arizona 6-2. Homers by Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh) and Brandon Belt helped the Giants take the rubber game of the series.
Dexter Fowler capped his four-hit game by poking an RBI single with two out in the 10th inning of Colorado's 8-7 comeback win against San Diego. The Padres were on one out from a 7-5 victory until Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the ninth.
Miguel Olivo (oh-LEE'-voh) belted a two-run homer while Miami was scoring four times in the 10th to beat the New York Mets 8-4. The Marlins outhit the Mets 17-6 and improved to 8-3 against their division rivals despite trailing 4-1 after three innings of this game.
Carlos Gomez socked a two-run homer and Milwaukee earned its third straight win by ripping Philadelphia 9-1. Kyle Lohse (lohsh) limited the Phillies to a run and four hits in eight innings for his first victory in eight starts.
Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer hit RBI singles in the eighth inning to send Kansas City to its fifth straight win, 2-0 against Houston. Aaron Crow picked up the victory after Luis Mendoza gave up just four hits in seven innings.
Phillies and Rangers send players to the DL
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury. He was hurt while running to first in the ninth inning in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers. Kratz was hitting .229 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 43 games.
TORONTO (AP) — The Rangers put left-hander Michael Kirkman on the 15-day disabled list after a recurrence of lymphoma around his right triceps. The team says a complete recovery is expected. The Rangers also put right-hander Alexi Ogando on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder, recalled right-hander Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Round Rock and purchased the contract of right-hander Kyle McLellan.
Suspension for Carrasco reduced
DETROIT (AP) — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has had his suspension for throwing at a hitter reduced from eight to seven games. The club reported the reduction a day after Carrasco pitched against the Tigers in Detroit on Saturday. He was initially suspended for eight games in April for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis but was able to keep pitching because an appeal was pending.
Nadal loses ground after French Open win
PARIS (AP) —Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL' nah-DAHL') may have won a record eighth French Open title, but that didn't help him in the men's rankings. The newly crowned, repeat champ drops from No. 4 to No. 5 in the ATP rankings, swapping places with David (dah-VEED') Ferrer, the man he beat in the Roland Garros final.
Nadal only retained the ranking points he earned by winning last year's French Open, while Ferrer gained points by reaching his first Grand Slam final.
Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) remains No. 1, followed by Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
French Open champion Serena Williams increased her lead at No. 1 in the women's rankings. Runner-up Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah), fell from No. 2 to No. 3, trading spots with Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REHN'-kuh).
Johnson takes the flag
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson dominated at Pocono Raceway to win his third race of the season. The Sprint Cup points leader pulled away on both of the last two restarts that came over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2004. He led 128 of 160 laps and was never seriously challenged a week after his run at a win at Dover International Speedway was taken away by a penalty off a restart.
Greg Biffle was second and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson's teammate, was third.
FORMULA 1-CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
Vettel wins in Montreal
MONTREAL (AP) — Three-time defending Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel (VET'-ul) took first place in the Montreal Grand Prix (pree). He finished 14 seconds in front of Fernando Alonso while Lewis Hamilton was third. The victory in Montreal is Vettel's first on the Canadian course.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-REGIONS TRADITION
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — David Frost closed with a 4-under-par 68 to win the Champions Tour Regions Tradition at minus-16, one stroke ahead of Fred Couples. Frost parred the final two holes after his birdie on 16 moved him ahead of Couples.
It is Frost's second victory of the season and fifth career win on the 50-and-over tour.
PGA-ST. JUDE CLASSIC
A new leader
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Harris English won the St. Jude Classic for his first PGA title in two years on the tour, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. The 23-year-old had six birdies and five bogeys to shoot a 1-under 69.
Long day of play
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A 36-hole day became 39 as Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. Park overcame a final-round 75 in which she bogeyed three of her last five holes of regulation to fall into a tie with Matthew.
Park is now 2-for-2 in LPGA majors this season, two months after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Rain on Thursday forced players to complete 36 holes on Sunday.