Astros use 6-run sixth inning to top Rockies, 7-5
DENVER (AP) – Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez hit consecutive homers during a six-run sixth, Lucas Harrell won for the first time in six starts and the Houston Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Thursday to sweep the two-game series at Coors Field. J.D. Martinez had a career-high four hits Houston, which swept a series for the first time this season and won three of four against Colorado this week. The Astros last won two straight four weeks ago against the Los Angeles Angels. Harrell (4-6) allowed four runs – three earned – in 5 2-3 innings to pick up his first win since beating the Yankees on April 29.
Jammer in Denver to win a championship
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – His paycheck may look like Peyton Manning’s tip money. Still, there’s at least one area where Manning and his newest Broncos teammate, defensive back Quentin Jammer, aren’t nearly so far apart. “I want to win a championship,” Jammer said Thursday, his first day practicing with the Broncos. “I think Denver gives me that opportunity.’ After spending his first 11 seasons without a title in San Diego, Jammer signed a one-year deal worth around the veteran minimum to join Manning, Champ Bailey and the Broncos, who are assembling veteran pieces to make a run at the Super Bowl. The Broncos plan to use Jammer at safety, where he’ll add depth for nickel situations and could possibly challenge for a starting job.
Bohn blindsided by decision to make change at AD
BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) – Mike Bohn says he was blindsided by the University of Colorado’s decision to make a change at athletic director. He says he had a short conversation with chancellor Philip DiStefano, who made it clear the school wanted to head in another direction and that a switch might trigger better opportunities to raise money. Soon after, Bohn submitted his resignation after eight years in charge of the athletic program. He will depart on Monday. Bohn defended his track record in a 45-minute speech on Thursday at a nearby hotel, even distributing a seven-page handout detailing accomplishments, fundraising numbers and facility investments. He says “the insinuation that we don’t have a plan is offensive at best.” As for why he’s no longer athletic director, Bohn simply says, “I don’t know.”
ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS….
PARIS (AP) – The top two seeds in the women’s division at the French Open advanced today. Top seed Serena Williams reached the fourth round with a straight-sets win, while Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) moved into the third round.
PARIS (AP) – Seven-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) advanced to the third round in Paris today. Roger Federer, the second seed in the event, picked up a win, as did American John Isner (IHZ’-nur). Fellow Yank Sam Querrey (KWEER’-ee), the highest-ranked American male at No. 18, lost his match.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Boston-New York rivalry in baseball resumes tonight as the Red Sox invade the Bronx. Jon Lester takes his 6-1 record to the mound for the visitors while the Yankees counter with CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh).
CLEVELAND (AP) – Tampa Bay is starting a weekend series with the Indians tonight in Cleveland. The ace of the Rays staff, Matt Moore, will be on the mound trying to become the first nine-game winner in baseball this season.
LONDON (AP) – There won’t be a repeat winner in the Tour de France this year. That’s because defending champion Bradley Wiggins has had to withdraw with an injured knee. Wiggins became the first British rider to win the showcase cycling race last year.