Top National Sports Stories: Diamondbacks advance...Yanks pick Gray...Pens lose after banner ceremony...Leafs, Oilers, Flyers win

Published on October 05, 2017 at 06:59AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks earned an 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies to advance to the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt slammed a three-run homer and Daniel Descalso’s two-run blast put the DBacks ahead 6-0 by the third inning. Pitcher Archie Bradley and A.J. Pollock added two-run triples for the Diamondbacks, who also got a pair of triples and an RBI from Ketel Marte.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sonny Gray sill start for the Yankees in Game 1 of the AL Division Series today against the Indians in Cleveland. New York manager Joe Girardi will start CC Sabathia (sah-BATH’-ee-uh) in the second game. Trevor Bauer will open for the Indians, followed by Corey Kluber in Game 2.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins raised their fifth championship banner before absorbing a 5-4 overtime loss to St. Louis. The Blues blew a 4-2 lead in the third period before Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) beat Matt Murray 75 seconds into overtime. Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary scored 54 seconds apart to tie it for the Pens, who also got goals from Justin Schultz and Olli Maata (OOH’-lee MAH’-tah).

UNDATED (AP) — Patrick Marleau scored twice and Frederik Andersen turned back 35 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs whipped the Jets, 7-2 at Winnipeg. Connor McDavid scored three times and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) had two assists as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Calgary Flames, 3-0. Wayne Simmonds also registered a hat trick by scoring the last two goals in the Flyers’ 5-3 win at San Jose.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season. Pastner was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year after leading Georgia Tech to a 21-16 record and a spot in the NIT final. The 40-year-old Pastner will earn more than $1.7 million this season under terms of his original deal.