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An unlikely no-hitter in San Francisco...Dodgers slam Brewers in extra innings

(AP) - Jonathan Sanchez, an unlikely hero, has gone from the San Francisco Giants' bullpen and into the record books.

Sanchez hurled the season's first no-hitter in dominating the San Diego Padres in the Giants' 8-0 victory for his first career complete game. That's the Giants' 13th no-hitter and first since John Montefusco (mahn-teh-FYOOS'-koh) in 1976. It's the Giants' first no-hitter by a left-hander since Carl Hubbell did it in 1929.

Sanchez struck out a career-best 11, including a called third strike on Everth Cabrera for the final out of his masterpiece.

The 26-year-old left-hander got the start because 303-game winner Randy Johnson went on the disabled list earlier this week with a shoulder injury. Sanchez returned to the rotation after a nearly three-week demotion to the bullpen.

Gold Glove center fielder Aaron Rowand saved the no-hitter with a leaping catch at the center-field fence to rob pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez for the second out of the ninth inning.

Sanchez nearly tossed a perfect game. The Padres' only runner came on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe (wahn yoo-REE'-bay) in the eighth.

The win improves his record to 3-8 this season. Lifetime, Sanchez is 16-26 in his four seasons with the Giants. But he was unhittable against the Padres.

Sanchez's father was in the stands, the first time his son says he has seen him pitch in the majors.

In the rest of the NL:

There was a wild finish at Miller Park, where the NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers scored the tying run in the ninth off Trevor Hoffman and then added six in the tenth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-8. Matt Kemp hit a 10th-inning grand slam and made a fantastic catch for the final out. Manny Ramirez hit his 536th homer to tie him with Mickey Mantle for 15th place on the all-time list.

Jayson Werth, who was named to his first All-Star team earlier in the day, drove in two runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2. The Phils are 7-1 on their current homestand. They entered this current 10-game homestand with 14 losses in 18 games.

Albert Pujols (POO'-holz) socked the go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals went on to crush the Chicago Cubs 8-3 at Wrigley Field. That's Pujols' 32nd home run, which leads the majors. The win put the NL Central-leading Cardinals eight games over .500 and 4 1/2 games in front of the Cubs.

Derek Lowe pitched six strong innings, Garrett Anderson and Diory Hernandez hit two-run doubles and the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1.

Bronson Arroyo tossed a four-hitter for his second career shutout and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the sinking New York Mets 3-0. The Mets have lost 11 of 14 and drew boos at Citi Field. Joey Votto and Laynce Nix homered.

Houston shaded the Washington Nationals 6-5. The winning run scored on a bases-loaded single by Geoff Blum in the bottom of the ninth. The Nationals have recorded 60 losses before the All-Star break for the second straight year, a notorious feat that Nats reliever Joe Beimel (BY'-mihl) called "beyond embarrassing."

All-Star Dan Haren threw his second career shutout, Felipe Lopez hit a three-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Florida Marlins 8-0 on Haren's four-hitter.

In the AL:

Jon Lester outdueled Brian Bannister and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 at Fenway Park as Dustin Pedroia doubled in the lone run in the eighth inning as the Red Sox regained a 1-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

The New York Yankees lost a four-run lead and their share of a first-place tie in dropping a 10-6 game to the L.A. Angels. Kendry Morales hit his 15th homer and drove in three.

All-Star Joe Mauer's two-out single snapped a seventh-inning tie and the Minnesota Twins hung on for a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Jeff Niemann pitched a seven-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays got home runs from Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria in a 6-0 victory over Oakland. Niemann is 8-4 with his second shutout this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays blanked Baltimore 2-0 to snap a 3-game skid. Alex Rios hit two doubles and scored a run for the Blue Jays, but Scott Rolen's 25-game hitting streak ended with an 0 for 4 performance.

Detroit All-Star Edwin Jackson pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers beat Cliff Lee and the Cleveland Indians 5-1. Marcus Thames (tihmz) hit a two-run homer.

Michael Young, Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz homered as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4.

Kerr on top

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Cristie Kerr (kur) tops the leaderboard halfway through the U.S. Women's Open after shooting a 1-under 70 to take a one-shot lead over Paula Creamer. Kerr won this event in 2007.

Jean Reynolds is two shots off the pace after her 72.

South Korea's Na Yeon Choi shot a 74 and is three shots off the lead

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) struggled to a round of 8-over 79 and was at 6-over for the championship.

Mickelson withdraws

LUSS, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson has decided not to play the British Open next week so he can be with his wife as she starts her recovery from breast cancer. His wife, Amy, had surgery on July 1 and Mickelson said they are awaiting more test results. Mickelson also learned that his mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mickelson has never won the British Open in 14 tries.

Round two postponed

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Bad weather has postponed the second round of the PGA's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. 2-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and Darron Stiles are tied for the lead at 7-under 64.

Tomorrow's schedule now calls for 36 holes.

Bean and Price on top

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Andy Bean and Nick Price each shot a 7-under 65 and are tied for the lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.

Gene Jones is one shot back.

Browns' receiver released from prison

MIAMI (AP) - Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth has been released from a Miami jail after serving 24 days of the 30-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian in an early morning crash March 14. Police said he had spent the night drinking at a swank Miami Beach nightclub.

Stallworth has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. He signed a 7-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before last season but was injured much of the year, finishing with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.

U.S. down 2-0 to Croatia in quarterfinals

POREC, Croatia (AP) - Ivo Karlovic (EE'-voh KAHR'-loh-vihch) rallied from two sets down to beat James Blake 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7-5 and Marin Cilic (CHIH'-lihch) beat Mardy Fish in five sets to give Croatia a 2-0 lead over the United States in their best-of-5 Davis Cup quarterfinal series. The U.S. needs to win in today's doubles match to remain alive in the Davis Cup.

The U.S. is playing without Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick, who withdrew Monday because of a hip injury.

Phelps withdraws from freestyle heat

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Phelps withdrew from the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships because of a sore neck in what was to be his final event.

He has qualified for the world championships later this month in the 100 and 200 butterflys and the 200 free. It's likely Phelps will swim on three relays in Rome.

Even if he had qualified in the 100 free, Phelps says he wouldn't have swum the event at the worlds, which start July 26.

Teenager wins at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Joey Logano has won the Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for his third win of the season.

Logano passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps left, then held him off over the final 10 laps. The 19-year-old Logano, the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history, also won Nationwide races in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Busch was second. Brian Vickers, Jason Leffler and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Busch kept his overall points lead over pole winner Carl Edwards.

Armstrong looks to move up

ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) - The eighth stage of the Tour de France is under way with a new leader, and Lance Armstrong in third after losing a spot to teammate Alberto Contador.

Riders are leaving the tiny Pyrenean principality of Andorra and heading to France on a 110-mile route along three big climbs.

Italy's Rinaldo Nocentini (noh-chen-TEE'-nee) has become the first Italian rider in nine years to take the yellow jersey. He captured it after yesterday's uphill finish.

He now leads 2007 tour winner Contador by six seconds. 7-time champion Armstrong is eight seconds back.

Winter Classic in Beantown

NEW YORK (AP) - The National Hockey League is coming to Fenway Park.

The NHL is expected to announce next week that the Boston Bruins will play the third annual Winter Classic at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 1. The opponent is expected to be the Philadelphia Flyers or the Washington Capitals.

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