Braves beat Cardinals 7-4, complete sweep
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Heyward ended a 10-pitch at-bat with a bases-clearing double in third inning, helping the Atlanta Braves give rookie Lance Lynn his first loss and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Tommy Hanson (4-3) allowed one run in five innings with nine strikeouts and Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla each had an RBI in a three-run seventh. The Braves had lost seven in a row in St. Louis before Friday and swept the Cardinals for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 2009, also in St. Louis.
Lynn (6-1) missed a chance to become the franchise's first pitcher to win his first seven starts of the season dating to 1920, according to STATS LLC.
Carlos Beltran homered for the sixth time in six games with his league-leading 13th of the season and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer off Cristhian Martinez in the ninth for his third hit of the game.
Falcons sign 2nd-round draft pick Konz
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed rookie offensive lineman Peter Konz and three other draft picks to multiyear contracts.
Terms of the deals were not announced by the team.
Atlanta finished a three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday.
Konz, selected in the second round out of Wisconsin, will compete for the right guard job.
Atlanta signed fullback Bradie Ewing, a fifth-round pick from Wisconsin, safety Charles Mitchell, a sixth-round pick from Mississippi State and former South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson.
Ewing will battle Mike Cox for the starting job at fullback. The Falcons released Ovie Mughelli, the starter since 2007, in a move last week to create salary cap room.
Atlanta still must sign offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, a third-round pick, and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, a fifth-rounder.
Kuchar comes up clutch at Sawgrass
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The only complaint about Matt Kuchar was not winning enough. He picked up a big one Sunday in The Players Championship.
Kuchar avoided the big mistakes that slowed so many other contenders — starting with Kevin Na — and kept out of the water on the TPC Sawgrass at the end. He closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory.
It was the fourth career win for Kuchar, and his first since the 2010 Barclays when Martin Laird three-putted the last hole and lost in a playoff.
Laird made the strongest run until a bogey on the 18th for a 67 and a four-way tie for second. Rickie Fowler missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and shot 70. Ben Curtis and Zach Johnson each had 68.
Busch-Newman crew dustup mars Hendrick milestone
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Those Busch brothers can't seem to avoid the spotlight at Darlington Raceway.
A year after Kyle Busch tangled with Kevin Harvick in the pits after Regan Smith's first Sprint Cup win, the crew for Kurt Busch scrummed with Ryan Newman's group while Rick Hendrick and Jimmie Johnson celebrated the car owner's 200th career victory at the Southern 500 on Saturday night.
Kurt Busch's temper rose after he slid six laps from the end. Newman was caught up in the incident as well. Busch sped out of the pits near Newman's crew. After the race, Busch hit the back of Newman's car and further angered rival crew members. Moments later, both sides were packed together and a series official was knocked backward on Busch's car hood.
NASCAR is reviewing the dustup.