Top National Sports Stories: 5-hit night for Panik ... Avila delivers in 9th ... del Potro beats Federer in QF

Published on September 07, 2017 at 07:08AM

DENVER (AP) — Joe Panik completed a torrid series with five more hits and Johnny Cueto threw five effective innings, helping the San Francisco Giants beat Colorado 11-3 to snap a 10-game skid against the Rockies at Coors Field. Panik wore out Rockies pitching by going 12 of 15 — setting a Giants record for most hits in a three-game series.

SEATTLE (AP) — Newly acquired Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Houston past the Seattle Mariners 5-3 as the Astros completed a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to seven. Carlos Beltran opened the ninth with a double down the leftfield line off closer Edwin Diaz. Maybin, claimed off waivers last week from the Los Angeles Angels, then lofted a 1-0 pitch into the right-field corner for his ninth home run and second game-winner in as many nights.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Avila knocked an RBI triple in the ninth inning, capping a duel between Jose Quintana and Gerrit Cole and lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. After Cole limited Chicago to two hits over eight innings, Avila broke his bat while scoring pinch-runner Leonys Martin from second base with a hit to the right-field corner off reliever Daniel Hudson. The only hits against Cole were Javier Baez’s infield single in the second and John Jay’s single in the eighth.

DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez homered twice as the Kansas City Royals broke open a close game to rout the Detroit Tigers 13-2. The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth. Perez drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle.

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer was unable to set up his first U.S. Open match against Rafael Nadal. Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Juan Martin del Potro in four sets. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where Federer and Nadal have never met. Del Potro will face Nadal in the semifinals. No. 15 seed Madison Keys beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time.