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Last Update on July 24, 2014 10:54 GMT

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UNDATED (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays just keep winning. The Rays, who got off to an awful start the first two months of the season, captured their seventh in a row with a 3-0 whitewash of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rays have won 25 of 36 and are 13-4 in July.

Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout. Cobb struck out 10 in his seven innings. He's 6-6. It's the fourth time he has thrown at least seven innings without an earned run this season. Cobb missed 50 games last season with a concussion after being hit by a liner.

That moves the Rays within four games of .500 and within striking distance of the wild card hunt.

The loss drops the Cardinals two and a-half games back of division-leading Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Elsewhere:

-- The 41-year-old Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') came within seven outs of a perfect game as he retired the first 20 batters in the New York Mets' 3-2 win at Seattle. Colon finally gave up a single to Robinson Cano (kan-OH') and improved his overall mark to 9-8 this season and 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field. The rotund right-hander wound up giving up two runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

-- Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 as he pitched efficiently into the eighth inning and the wobbly Colorado bullpen held off Washington's late rally, helping the Rockies snap a seven-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Nationals. LaTroy Hawkins got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to help De La Rosa improve to 11-6. He is 42-14 lifetime at Coors Field.

-- Atlanta moved within a game of the NL East-leading Nationals by trouncing Miami 6-1. Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run, ending a 2-for-44 slump. Ervin Santana improved to 9-6.

-- The San Francisco Giants beat the Phillies 3-1 move two games ahead of the L.A. Dodgers in the NL West. Hunter Pence blooped a bases-loaded double off Jonathan Papelbon that drove in all three Giants runs in the top of the ninth. Madison Bumgarner won his 12th game with eight shutout innings.

-- Pittsburgh downed the L.A. Dodgers 6-1. Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs. His two-run double highlighted a four-run first inning against loser Dan Haren, who fell to 8-8.

-- Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Austin Jackson a three-run double and the Detroit Tigers wore out the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field. Each team rapped out 13 hits as the Tigers built an early 7-0 lead after four innings against Trevor Cahill, who fell to 1-7.

-- Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning.

-- The L.A. Angels rallied with two in the eighth and nipped AL East-leading Baltimore 3-2. Kole Calhoun walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. Jered Weaver improved to 11-6 with the win.

-- Home Run Derby winner Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) had a big night. He homered twice and drove in five runs in the Oakland Athletics' 9-7 victory over Houston. He has 16 home runs.

-- San Diego downed the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Tommy Medica hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning. Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings to improve to 8-9.

-- Toronto slapped Boston 6-4. Jose Bautista homered and drove in two runs. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won for the first time in three starts and improved to 8-10.

-- The Reds were just the cure for what ailed Milwaukee. The Brewers completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 5-1 victory, after having lost 13 of their previous 16 heading into the series. Mark Reynolds entered the game hitting .199, but had three hits including two home runs and drove in three.

-- Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers couldn't handle a throw home, giving Kansas City a 2-1 win over the White Sox. Adam Eaton's strong throw beat Moustakas to the plate, but Flowers lost control of the ball when the runner slid into him.

-- Fill-in starter Anthony Swarzak worked four perfect innings of the five he pitched in a fill-in start, helping Minnesota top Cleveland 3-1. Swarzak got the nod for Kyle Gibson who is having back problems. Swarzak allowing 2 hits and the lone Cleveland run.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have placed third baseman/outfielder Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. He was injured in the sixth inning Tuesday night while running out a grounder. The 29-year-old Zimmerman missed 44 games with a fractured right thumb earlier this season.

The Nationals are 33-19 this year with Zimmerman in the lineup. He's hitting .282 with five homers and 36 RBIs.

In other baseball news:

-- San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. He is batting .247 with one home run and nine RBIs in 62 games this season.

NFL-BRONCOS

DENVER (AP) -- Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team to deal with Alzheimer's disease. The team has announced that the 70-year-old will no longer be a part of the team's daily operations. Team president Joe Ellis will take over after being named the Broncos' chief executive officer.

After acknowledging in 2009 that he suffered short-term memory loss, he stepped back from day-to-day operations in 2011 when he promoted Ellis to president.

The Broncos say the ownership of the team is held in a trust and the hope is that one of Bowlen's children will run the team one day.

Under Bowlen's guidance, the Broncos made six Super Bowl appearances.

NFL-TRAINING CAMPS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by the New England Patriots. Coach Bill Belichick (BEHL'-ih-chik) says the veteran has been cleared after offseason knee surgery. Gronkowski missed the last three regular-season games and both playoff games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was hit in a game with Cleveland. He underwent surgery in January.

In other NFL news:

-- Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. A person familiar with the contract said the deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season.

-- The Browns have signed rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert, one of their first-round draft picks, to a four-year, $12.8 million contract. Cleveland selected Gilbert with the No. 8 overall pick. He's expected to start on the opposite side from Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

-- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions. Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis.

-- Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

NHL-SIGNINGS

UNDATED (AP) -- Chris Kreider (KRY'-dur) and the New York Rangers have agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration. The 23-year-old Kreider made a deal Wednesday morning with an average salary of $2.475 million moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16.

In other NHL news:

-- The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with Ryan O'Reilly by signing the forward to a two-year deal. O'Reilly led the team with a career-high 28 goals last season. He also had six game-winners as the Avalanche advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10 under first-year coach Patrick Roy (wah).

Colorado selected O'Reilly in the second round of the 2009 draft.

 
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