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  • ST. Jeurys Familia Jersey . LOUIS -- Yadier Molina never got down during his recent rut. So the All-Star catcher wasnt about to celebrate after breaking out of the skid on Sunday. Molina had a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a 12-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. Molinas second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid. "Its not about one guy, its about the team," Molina said. "I came out aggressive. But right now, its just about getting wins." Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317. "Yadis had a special offensive year," manager Mike Matheny said. "Hes been so good. I just want him to keep going and finish the season the way he started." Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis finished up a 7-2 homestand and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining. Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967. St. Louis got 19 hits after totalling just three runs on seven hits over the first two games of the series. Matt Carpenter keyed the fourth-inning burst with a two-run bases-loaded single. Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday also had RBI hits in the inning. "The offence really showed up today," Carpenter said. "We were able to score some runs. Thats just the way it goes some times. Theres no rhyme or reason for why that happens, its just baseball." The Cardinals hit total was their second-highest total this season. The Cardinals had 21 hits in a 10-6 win against the Chicago Cubs on July 14. "We took a lot of those grinding at-bats that we keep talking about," Matheny said. "They went deep in counts, they stayed within the zone and fouled off some tough ones. Weve got everybody feeling right and contributing." The Cardinals batted around in the fourth and fifth, scoring four runs in each inning to hand Seattle its sixth loss in seven games. Holliday and Carpenter finished with three hits and two RBIs two apiece. Adams pushed the lead to 7-2 with his 14th homer to highlight the fifth. Miller did not allow a hit in the first three innings and managed to battle through the fourth and fifth despite not having what he called his best stuff. "Today I didnt do the best job of attacking hitters," Miller said. "I was losing the strike zone, but I just kept battling through it." Seattle manager Eric Wedge was not surprised to see the Cardinals hitters break loose after struggling in back-to-back games. "They really put it together today," Wedge said. "You look at their top five guys, they all have quite a bit to offer." Ramirez had pitched into the sixth inning in each of his last six starts, but was unable to hold off the Cardinals. "I just kind of fell apart in that one inning," he said. "I got a little behind the count and I threw my fastball too much." NOTES: The Cardinals open a seven-game road trip on Monday at Colorado. Lance Lynn (13-10, 4.23) will face Jorge De La Rosa (16-6, 3.49) in the first of a four-game set. ... Seattle continues its 10-game road trip with four games in Detroit. Joe Saunders (11-14, 5.18) takes on Rick Porcello (12-8, 4.56) in the opener. ... St. Louis INF Brock Peterson grounded out in the fifth inning to extend his skid to 0 for 14. ... St. Louis C Audry Perez made his debut in the eighth inning. Tim Tebow Mets Jersey . It was just time for him to make a big play. Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and the Trail Blazers overcame poor-shooting nights by two of their best players in a 94-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Adeiny Hechavarria Mets Jersey .C. -- Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.BEIJING, China - Rafael Nadal is back in form on the tennis court a€” and in his sharp-tongued critiques of the ATP tour.The second-seeded Spaniard reached his first quarterfinal since capturing his record ninth French Open title in June with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk at the China Open on Thursday, then blasted the choice of tennis balls at the tournament.The ball is so bad here, Nadal said. If you throw the ball on the floor, the bounce goes everywhere. Is not a question of winning or losing. I won in Rio (earlier this year) with this ball.Its just that were competing at the top level of our sport, tennis, and the ball is an important thing.This isnt the first time the 14-time major winner has complained previously about the ball in question a€” manufactured by Head. He also criticized the decision to switch ball manufacturers from tournament to tournament, saying it could result in injuries.This week we are playing with one ball. Next week we are playing with a different ball, he said. Thats dangerous for the shoulder, dangerous for the elbow.Head is a corporate sponsor of the ATP tour, but each tournament has the right to choose the ball it wants to use from an approved list.Andy Murray echoed Nadals complaints about the difficulty of adjusting to a new ball each week.If you want to see consistently high level tennis, its very difficult when youre changing balls from week to week -because they all react differently, he said after his 6-2, 6-2 win over Pablo Cuevas.Im sure if you gave golfers a different ball to play with each week, it would take them time to adjust to that, as well.Nadal wasnt nearly as critical of his own game in his second match back from a two-month layoff due to a right wrist injury.He was sharp for much of the match until the final game when he double-faulted and made two unforced errors to give Gojowczyk three break points. He fought them off, however, and closed it out on his fourth match point.Nadal faces anotther qualifier in the quarterfinals, Martin Klizan, who advanced when seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia retired with a shoulder injury while trailing 6-2, 3-0. Jacob deGrom Jersey. urray takes on U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Portugals Joao Sousa.In the womens draw, top-ranked Serena Williams recovered from a second-set lapse to defeat Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.After the match, Williams skipped her post-match news conference, releasing a statement saying she had a little swelling in her knee. She wore strapping on the knee during the match she said was preventative.Simona Halep of Romania won a back-and-forth match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (1), then immediately withdrew from the tournament with a left hip injury.The second-seeded Halep took a medical timeout for treatment on her hip after the first set, but returned to complete the match, which featured 17 breaks of serve and 105 combined unforced errors (61 from the Romanian).It was a tough match against Andrea today, and I had to fight a lot. Im happy I was able to win and finish the match in the right way, but I have a hip injury and it would be risky for me to play again tomorrow, Halep said in a statement.Haleps withdrawal gave ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia a pass to the semifinals. The 2008 French Open champion, who is fighting for a spot in the WTA finals in Singapore, earlier beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-3, 7-5.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova also advanced when Venus Williams withdrew before their match with a virus. Her illness came days after sister Serena retired from a match at last weeks Wuhan Open with a virus, as well.Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany was defeated by two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, while No. 12-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia fell to Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.Other mens winners included third-seeded Tomas Berdych and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. ' ' '
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