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Merrifield homer gives SC win over Ark., 5-3

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A two-run homer by Whit Merrifield in the eighth inning provided the winning run for South Carolina in a 5-3 victory that gave the Gamecocks a 3-game sweep of Arkansas.

The home run by Merrifield in the eighth was his second of the day. 7 of the eight runs scored in the game resulted from home runs.

South Carolina (41-11, 20-7 Southeastern Conference) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Merrifield scored from second on a double by Christian Walker.

Arkansas (38-14, 16-11) went ahead when Brett Eibner hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

The two teams traded home runs in the third inning, with the Razorbacks ending up at the conclusion of that frame with a 3-2 lead.

After Merrifield sent home the winning run in the eighth, a solo homer by Adrian Morales added the Gamecocks' last score.

Naturals lose 4 in a row

(AP) - Springfield is closing in on Northwest Arkansas' at the top of the Texas League's North Division after a 4-game sweep of the Naturals.

The Cardinals held off a rally by the Naturals to win 10-9 on Sunday to complete the sweep.

Springfield kept Northwest Arkansas off the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when the bats got going and Mike Moustakas belted a grand slam over the right field wall.

Mike Montgomery took the loss. He gave up two earned runs and walked three in three innings.

David Kopp earned the win with five shutout innings to stay unbeaten this season.

The Naturals are 21-14, putting them only 1.5 games ahead of Springfield in the standings.

Morrow rebounds, Blue Jays beat Texas for sweep

TORONTO (AP) - Brandon Morrow rebounded from the shortest start of his career, Jose Bautista homered for the third time in two games and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 Sunday to complete a 3-game sweep.

Toronto extended its winning streak to four games and has won 5 of 6 against Texas this season.

Morrow (3-3) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings and struck out eight. In his last outing, he gave six runs and three hits while matching a career-high with six walks in 1 2-3 innings against Boston.

John Buck hit a three-run double for the Blue Jays. Buck and manager Cito Gaston thought the ball cleared the wall and the umpires went to a video replay before upholding their call.

Cowboys Romo to throw passes instead of teeing off

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going to miss his tee time while practicing football.

Romo earned a spot in open qualifying Monday for the Byron Nelson Championship, this week's PGA Tour event only a few miles down the road from the Cowboys' practice facility.

Except Romo's assigned tee time Monday morning is at the same time he will be taking part in the Cowboys' first organized team activities. Romo says football comes first.

The top four in the 18-hole qualifying event will get in the Nelson, which begins Thursday. Romo shot an even-par 72 at a pre-qualifier last week.

Only 85 players are the field for Monday's qualifier, six fewer than needed to require afternoon tee times.

Scott makes Texas Open first tour win since '08

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Australia's Adam Scott has made the Texas Open his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a combined 11-under 133 in a 36-hole finale Sunday to edge Fredrik Jacobson by a stroke.

The 2008 Byron Nelson Classic winner, Scott overcame two early bogeys with an eagle on the par-4 17th in his third-round 66, then built his lead with six birdies en route to a closing 67 on the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Scott survived a closing bogey - his only one in the final round - when Jacobson missed a 16-footer from the fringe on No. 18 that would've forced a playoff.

Scott finished at 14-under 274 and earned $1,098,000 for his seventh tour victory.

Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway a day after he won the Nationwide Series race.

Busch just missed a tripleheader sweep on the one-mile concrete track. He was in position to win the Trucks Series race on Friday but ran out of gas at the end. He easily won Saturday's second-tier series race.

On Sunday, Busch swapped the lead with Jimmie Johnson throughout most of the 400-mile race. Johnson, the 4-time defending Cup champion, was hit with a late penalty for speeding on pit road.

Johnson finished 16th after having the dominant car most of the race.

Jeff Burton was second and Matt Kenseth third. Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann rounded out the top five.

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