Sea Dogs suffer setback at Binghamton, 2-1

Phillip Evans doubled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning Saturday night as the Binghamton Mets defeated the visiting Portland Sea Dogs, 2-1.

Portland (39-66) had a chance to tie in the ninth against the Mets (48-56), but pinch-hitter Tim Roberson grounded into a game-ending double play.

Sea Dogs starter Kevin McAvoy allowed two runs on three hits, striking out six in five innings.

The Sea Dogs tied the game in the fifth when Yoan Moncada singled in Jake Romanski.

MLB: Washington found a reliable pitcher for the ninth inning, acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh for reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn.

New York put infielder Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list because of a strain in his left ribcage and signed free agent Justin Ruggiano.

Outfielder Billy Burns was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Kansas City Royals for outfield prospect Brett Eibner.

Seattle placed right-hander Nathan Karns on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain, a day after he was roughed up in a relief appearance.

Atlanta acquired outfielder Matt Kemp and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Hector Olivera.


SPRINT CUP: Dale Earnhardt Jr. said his concussion-like symptoms haven’t changed and his return doesn’t appear imminent.

NASCAR’s most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race Sunday because he suffers from symptoms of a concussion.

TRUCK SERIES: William Bryon continued his dominance in the Truck Series at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, winning for the fifth time this season.

K&N PRO SERIES: Fort Kent native Austin Theriault finished third in the K&N Pro Series race Friday night in Newton, Iowa.

BEECH RIDGE: Nick Cusack of Scarborough edged Curtis Gerry of Waterboro by less than a second to win the 40-lap Pro Series feature.

Brandon Barker of Windham finished third while points leader Dave Farrington Jr. of Jay settled for eighth.

Kristina Nadeau of Buxton earned her first career victory in the 30-lap Wildcat feature, and points leader Frank Wear of Buxton won the 35-lap Sport Series race.

XFINITY: Erik Jones retook the lead from Ty Dillon with 16 laps to go and won at Newton, Iowa, for his third victory of the season.

Elliott Sadler was third, followed by Brennan Poole and Dakoda Armstrong.


WNBA: Penny Taylor said she will retire at the end of the season. She helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to three titles and guided Australia to a world championship in 2006.


ROGERS CUP: Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the final in Montreal for the second straight year.

The fifth-seeded Halep will face American Madison Keys in a rematch of the Romanian player’s three-set victory in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The 10th-seeded Keys beat Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 10th-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final against third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, in Toronto.

Nishikori beat second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the first semifinal.

– Staff and news service report