ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina set a major league record for wins by a starting battery as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the San Francisco Giants 15-6 in a game that ended with longtime slugger Albert Pujols on the mound. Molina homered and drove in four runs, Wainwright tossed six effective innings and St. Louis roughed up Carlos Rodón early. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado each added a two-run homer for the Cardinals. Pujols entered to pitch in the ninth for the first time in his 22-year career. He gave up four runs on two homers but got the final three outs with plenty of margin to spare. The 42-year-old Pujols became the oldest player to make his big league pitching debut since 1929.
DENVER (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals recovered from blowing a six-run lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7. Bobby Witt Jr., Whit Merrifield and Emmanuel Rivera homered for the Royals, who took two of three from Colorado. The Rockies overcame a 6-0 deficit by scoring seven times in the seventh. Andrew Benintendi drew a leadoff walk from Rockies closer Daniel Bard in the ninth and Ryan O’Hearn singled. A wild pitch and a one-out walk to Michael A. Taylor loaded the bases for Perez, who laced a single to left field.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kurt Busch pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, then drove his gaudy Jordan Brand-styled car away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. It was the second win for the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, who followed the two leaders and Kyle Busch across in fourth place. Bubba Wallace won the team’s first race last year at Talladega. The race was marked by tire problems that hampered the hopes of many contenders, including Chase Elliott and William Byron.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The NCAA recently issued a warning that there are still rules to follow now that college athletes can make money off their fame and celebrity. It waited nearly a year to do so and it has raised speculation of a crackdown on some of the dealmakers working with college athletes. About two dozen states also have laws regarding athlete compensation. The laws, however, have no enforcement mechanisms. There has been no indication so far that a state attorney general or prosecutor will go after a booster organization striking deals with athletes.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals after knocking out the defending champs, 109-81 over the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston did it with a 3-point barrage in the Game 7 victory, nailing 22 from beyond the arc. Grant Williams was the Celtics’ long-range master, hitting seven treys and scoring a career-high 27 points. Jayson Tatum had 23 points for the Celtics, who will face the top-seeded Heat in Miami on Tuesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Mavericks have cruised into the NBA's Western Conference finals by building a 30-point halftime lead in a 123-90 blowout over the top-seeded Suns in Phoenix. Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson accounted for 89 points, with Doncic delivering 35 with 10 rebounds. Dinwiddie poured in 30 points and Brunson chipped in 24 while the Mavs held the Phoenix starting lineup to 37 points.
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — K.H. Lee is a repeat winner at the Byron Nelson. The South Korean has held off local favorite Jordan Spieth. Lee shot 9-under 63 to finish at 26 under. It was a stroke better than his winning score last year in the debut of TPC Craig Ranch. Spieth shot 67 and finished one stroke back. Hideki Matsuyama shot 62 and tied for third with Sebastián Muñoz, who held or shared the lead the first three rounds.
Final Houston 8 Washington 0
Final Seattle 8 N.Y. Mets 7
Final Kansas City 8 Colorado 7
Final Tampa Bay 3 Toronto 0
Final Detroit 5 Baltimore 1
Final N.Y. Yankees 5 Chicago White Sox 1
Final Minnesota 3 Cleveland 1
Final Texas 7 Boston 1
Final L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 1
Final San Diego 7 Atlanta 3
Final Pittsburgh 1 Cincinnati 0
Final Milwaukee 7 Miami 3
Final Chicago Cubs 3 Arizona 2
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 4
Final St. Louis 15 San Francisco 6
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Final Boston 109 Milwaukee 81
Final Dallas 123 Phoenix 90
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final OT N-Y Rangers 4 Pittsburgh 3
Final OT Calgary 3 Dallas 2