New York Daily News

R.A. hurls two-hitter; Libs lose


R.A. Dickey pitched a twohitter for his first complete game of the year, fellow ex-Met Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 in his return from a two-month layoff and the visiting Blue Jays beat the Rays, 3-0, Wednesday for their 12th win in 14 games.

Dickey (7-8) struck out six and walked one.

John Lackey struck out a season-high 12 over seven strong innings, leading the host Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies. Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two solo homers, matching Dante Bichette’s club record set in 1995.

Scott Kazmir took a nohitter into the seventh, and the visiting Indians scored two ninth-inning runs off Orioles closer Jim Johnson to pull out a 4-3 victory. A leadoff double in the seventh by Manny Machado was the only hit allowed by Kazmir, who gave up one unearned run in seven innings before leaving due to back spasms.

Clayton Kershaw (6-5) pitched eight sharp innings, Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 and the host Dodgers capped a three-game sweep of the Giants, 4-2. Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs as the visiting Angels beat the Tigers, 7-4.

A.J. Griffin (6-6) pitched a two-hitter and the host Athletics beat the Reds, 5-0.

Jordy Mercer hit a goahead single with two outs in the ninth and the visiting Pirates beat the Mariners, 4-2. Jordan Zimmermann (11-3) dominated after a shaky start as the host Nationals edged the Diamondbac­ks, 3-2.

Alex Gordon singled in David Lough in the 10th as the host Royals beat the Braves, 4-3.

Erik Bedard (3-3) pitched six effective innings and the host Astros beat the Cardinals, 4-3. Placido Polanco homered to help the host Marlins overcome a three-run deficit in a 5-3 win over the Twins.


In Chicago, Elena Delle Donne scored a career-high 26 points as the

Sky rallied from an early deficit for an 87-74 victory over the Liberty. Cappie Pondexter scored 21 points while Leilani Mitchell added 12 for the Liberty (4-4).


Larry Bird, who left the Pacers last summer, will be re-introduced to the media Thursday morning as Indiana’s president of basketball operations. Ex-Knicks president Donnie

Walsh, who succeeded Bird in that role, will become a consultant to the team.


In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Paulinho scored on a header from Neymar’s corner kick in the 86th minute, and Brazil beat Uruguay, 2-1, to reach the Confederat­ions Cup final. Brazil will play in Sunday’s championsh­ip against the winner of Thursday’s semifinal between Spain and Italy.

Striker Carlos Tevez, formerly of Manchester City, has agreed to a three-year contract with Italian champion Juventus.

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