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Vargas, Kotchman lead Seattle past KC 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) - Jason Vargas allowed just one run in six solid innings to win his seventh game at home this season, and Casey Kotchman's two-run single in the sixth gave Seattle the lead for good in the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Vargas (8-5) improved to 7-2 at Safeco Field this season, taking a shutout into the sixth inning. It was his second consecutive victory after going more than a month without a win.

Kansas City starter Kyle Davies (5-7) was Vargas' equal until the sixth inning when he gave up three straight one-out hits. The last single, a liner up the middle by Kotchman, scored Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins with the go-ahead runs.

Cardinals-Marlins game postponed

MIAMI (AP) - The final game of the St. Louis Cardinals' series at Florida has been postponed because of rain. No makeup date was immediately announced.

The game started 55 minutes late Sunday, then was halted with two out in the top of the first inning and no score. The postponement came after a wait of 3 hours, 7 minutes.

The Cardinals, who began the day 1 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Reds, start 3-game series Monday at Cincinnati.

The Marlins are off Monday. They play 16 of their next 19 games on the road, starting Tuesday at Washington.

Gonzalez batters Pirates pitching in Rockies' win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez hit his 25th homer among his four hits, and the Colorado Rockies salvaged a split of a 4-game series against last-place Pittsburgh with an 8-4 win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with his eighth homer in his past 11 games, three RBIs and two runs to complete a 9 for 18 series to help Colorado win for the seventh time in 10 games.

Summoned from AAA to start Sunday, Esmil Rogers was effective enough through six innings, allowing the Rockies to win for only the second time in their past 10 road games.

Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Ronny Cedeno each had two hits for the Pirates, who have lost 20 of 29.

Juan Pablo Montoya wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

Montoya pulled away on a late restart from Marcos Ambrose, his biggest challenger all day, and beat Kurt Busch by 4.7 seconds in the 90-lap race around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout.

It was Montoya's second career victory, the other coming on NASCAR's other road course at Sonoma in 2007.

Ambrose was third, his third straight top-three finish at Watkins Glen, followed by AJ Allmendinger and polesitter Carl Edwards.

Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top 10.

Woods finishes 30 shots behind winner Mahan

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tiger Woods did his best to give away the No. 1 ranking in the world. Phil Mickelson wasn't having any part of it.

Woods struggled to a 7-over 77 in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational to cap off 1 of the worst weeks of his professional career. His 18-over 298 was the highest 72-hole score of any PGA Tour event he has entered. Woods finished ahead of just one golfer in the 80-player field.

All Mickelson had to do to end Woods' run of 269 consecutive weeks as No. 1 in the world was finish solo fourth or better. Lefty started the day tied for tenth, four shots off the pace, but shot a 78.

Hunter Mahan won the tournament with a final round 6-under 64. He finished two ahead of Ryan Palmer to clinch a spot on U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Cowboys beat Bengals 16-7

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys forced four turnovers, got three field goals from David Buehler and an interception return for a touchdown by Brandon Sharpe for a 16-7 victory over Cincinnati in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night.

One night after Emmitt Smith joined his fellow "Triplets," Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, in the hall, the Cowboys used defense to win the NFL's preseason opener. Tony Romo was 5 for 10 for 59 yards on his only series, which Buehler capped with a 20-yard field goal.

Buehler also connected from 34 and 23 yards, and Sharpe took an interception of third-stringer Jordan Palmer 6 yards for their only touchdown.

Former Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens had two receptions for 18 yards in a short stint for the Bengals, who got five sacks, but also committed 12 penalties for 90 yards.

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