MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado hit two-run homers as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 and moved into first place in the NL Central. The Cardinals have taken two straight from the Brewers after falling 2-0 in the opener of the four-game series. Rowdy Tellez and Andrew McCutchen hit solo homers for the Brewers. Milwaukee threatened with two outs in the ninth as Victor Caratini walked and Tyrone Taylor was hit by a pitch. Génesis Cabrera got out of the jam by retiring Christian Yelich on a grounder to second.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out a career-high 13 over eight dominant innings of two-hit ball, and the AL MVP also reached base three times in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. After giving up two singles to start the first, Ohtani retired 16 straight Royals and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced, allowing just one baserunner over his final seven innings on a walk that was quickly erased by a double play. With the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm illuminating the sky far beyond center field, Ohtani also had a single and two walks at the plate in his latest electrifying two-way performance.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oklahoma is heading to the College World Series finals after beating Texas A&M 5-1. David Sandlin held Texas A&M to one run and struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings and Jimmy Crooks’ three-run homer in the first held up. Trying to complete a softball-baseball title sweep, the Sooners have won three straight games at Charles Schwab Field by no fewer than four runs and will play for their first national championship since 1994. Their opponent in the best-of-three finals starting Saturday will be either Arkansas or Mississippi. Arkansas beat Ole Miss 3-2 on Wednesday night to force another game Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning. Playing for the first time since June 4 due to a thumb injury, Kadri skated in on Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a shot under the goaltender’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 series lead. The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 in the extra period. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O’Connor on a breakaway, and Colorado had a shot clang off the post and another hit the crossbar before Kadri ended it. Game 5 is Friday night in Denver.
UNDATED (AP) — Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death today. There was no word on the cause. The man known as “the Goose” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams. Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career.
UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26. Police said the cause of death is still to be determined but that no foul play is suspected at this time. Ferguson played three NFL seasons. All were with Baltimore. Ferguson set the college Football Bowl Subdivision career sacks record with 45 when he played at Louisiana Tech, and he was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019. He played in 38 games as a pro and had 4 1/2 sacks. Ferguson was born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word “The.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the university’s request Tuesday. The school says it allows Ohio State to control use of “The” on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels. Those include such items as T-shirts, baseball caps and hats. A university spokesman noted that “THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years. The university’s licensing and trademark program generates over $12.5 million a year in revenue, which helps fund student scholarships and university programs.
Final Houston 5 N.Y. Mets 3
Final Texas 4 Philadelphia 2
Final Baltimore 7 Washington 0
Final Toronto 9 Chicago White Sox 5
Final Boston 6 Detroit 2
Final N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 4
Final Cleveland 11 Minnesota 10
Final L.A. Angels 5 Kansas City 0
Final Seattle 9 Oakland 0
Final San Diego 10 Arizona 4
Final Miami 7 Colorado 4
Final L.A. Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 4
Final Atlanta 4 San Francisco 3
Final Chicago Cubs 14 Pittsburgh 5
Final St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 4
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Final OT Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2