SPORTSBRIEFING

Southern finishes River

HANNIBAL — Southern Local’s football team finished off River with a 30-6 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The game was halted at halftime due to a power failure on Friday. Southern (2-0) had to drive the 85 miles back to River to complete the contest on Saturday.

Southern will travel to Steubenville Central on Saturday.

Suburban meet on Tuesday

COLUMBIANA — The Ward Athletic Complex behind Columbiana High School will host the second week of Suburban League cross country action Tuesday.

Fourteen schools will compete including host Columbiana, Beaver Local, Boardman, Crestview, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Heartland, Leetonia, Lisbon, Mineral Ridge, Sebring, South Range, Southern Local and Springfield.

Action begins at 4:45 p.m with the high school boys, followed by the high school girls at 5:15 p.m., the middle school boys at 5:50 p.m. and the middle school girls at 6:10 p.m.

United and Canfield will be at Niles, while Brookfield also will host a Suburban League meet.

Beavers best Quakers

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local’s girls tennis team beat New Philadelphia 3-2 on Saturday.

The Beavers are 5-4.

FIRST SINGLES: Christina Everett (NP) def. Kierra Knight 6-3, 6-2

SECOND SINGLES: Maddie Troy (NP) def. MaryQuinn Cook 6-3, 6-2

THIRD SINGLES: Alexis Jordan (B) def. Maggie Prucha 6-1, 6-4

FIRST DOUBLES: Jordan Smith-Baylee Smith (B) def. Leah Elbert-Abbi Kneuss 6-2, 7-5

SECOND DOUBLES: Sammi Voorhees-Teira Wright (B) def. Bryante Caldwell-Sophie Troyer 6-3, 6-3

South Side is 2-0

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. — South Side Beaver ran its record to 2-0 with a 35-15 win over Western Beaver on Friday in WPIAL football action.

South Side will travel to Serra Catholic on Friday.

Braves dump Pirates

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking, RBI single in the four-run eighth inning, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves rallied to snap a three-game skid and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Saturday night.

The Braves increased their division lead by three games over Philadelphia. They had dropped five of six overall and seven of eight at home.

After Dansby Swanson’s 14th homer cut the lead to 3-2, pinch-hitter Lucas Duda doubled and was replaced by pinch-runner Lane Adams, who advanced to third on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s sacrifice fly.

Adams scored when Ender Inciarte reached safely after striking out on a wild pitch. Inciartie scored on Freeman’s double, and Freeman advanced to third on a single and slid safely across the plate to beat a tag attempt on Johan Camargo’s sacrifice fly.

All four runs were charged to Keone Kela (3-4), who had allowed just one run in his first 14 games, a stretch of 14 innings, with Pittsburgh.

Jonny Venters (2-0) got the win after facing two batters in the eighth. Braves closer A.J. Minter faced the minimum in the ninth to earn his 12th save in 14 chances.

Pirates starter Chris Archer did not allow a hit until the sixth inning and led 3-0 after Starling Marte’s two-run double in the fifth and Gregory Polanco’s 22nd homer in the sixth off Braves starter Kevin Gausman.

Snell tames Tribe

CLEVELAND (AP) — Blake Snell moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 17th win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.

Snell (17-5) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, giving up both runs in the second with one being unearned thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Matt Duffy. The left-hander worked around trouble early in the game, but retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced and struck out the side in the sixth.

Snell is tied with New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber — two other top candidates for the AL Cy Young Award — for the most wins in the majors. Snell is 5-0 in his last six starts.

Tampa Bay scored four times in the sixth off Shane Bieber (8-3). Matt Duffy tied the game with a two-run double. Tommy Pham’s RBI double put the Rays ahead before Kevin Kiermaier added a run-scoring single.

Brandon Lowe homered off the foul pole in right field to in the ninth.

Jason Kipnis, whose playing time will decrease after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from Toronto on Friday, started the ninth with a pinch-hit home run off Chaz Roe.

Roe retired the next two hitters and Adam Kolarek got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso for his second save.

Duffy’s two-base error on Brandon Guyer’s ground ball started Cleveland’s rally in the second. Melky Cabrera and Yan Gomes drove in runs with back-to-back doubles. Snell retired the next two hitters before Michael Brantley singled to center. Gomes was waved home, but was an easy out at the plate on Kiermaier’s throw.

Cleveland’s lead quickly disappeared in the sixth. Brandon Lowe singled and took third on Joey Wendle’s double. Duffy’s double down the right field line tied the game. Pham’s one-out double to left-center gave Tampa Bay the lead and finished Bieber.

Kiermaier’s single off Tyler Olson scored Pham with the run being charged to Bieber. The rookie right-hander allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Donaldson arrived at the ballpark shortly before game-time after having flight issues Saturday that delayed him getting into town. The 2015 AL MVP was given a loud ovation and waved to the crowd when he was shown from the dugout on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.

Donaldson has been sidelined for three months by a strained calf and it’s not clear when he’ll make his Indians debut. Donaldson will play third base with All-Star Jose Ramirez moving to second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: Kiermaier was removed the game in the seventh inning because of back spasms.

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said additional tests on the stress fracture in Trevor Bauer’s right leg showed minimal improvement, a diagnosis the team was expecting. Bauer was hit by a line drive Aug. 11. The team is still hopeful he’ll return before the regular season ends.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3,38 ERA), who is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, will start the series finale on Monday. The Rays were still undecided about their starter on Saturday.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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