Joseph Monge hit a three-run double as the Portland Sea Dogs scored five times in the sixth inning on their way to a 7-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats on Monday in Hartford, Connecticut.

Starting pitcher Trey Ball went six scoreless innings for Portland, allowing four hits, striking out six and walking two to earn his first win of the season.

Rafael Devers hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Nick Longhi added a two-run double in the sixth and Tzu-Wei Lin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Sea Dogs a 7-0 lead in the seventh.


BASEBALL: St. Joseph’s (31-6) had just one hit in the third inning, but scored seven times on its way to a 15-5 win over MIT (20-11-1) in Standish.

Brett Barbati had a two-run single in the third for St. Joseph’s, which took advantage of five hit batters, two errors and two walks.

Jameson Collins hit a solo home run in the third and Taylor Black added a two-run shot in the fifth.


ZURICH CLASSIC: The team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won on the fourth playoff hole, capturing a new-format tournament that had been held over a day because of darkness, in Avondale, Louisiana.

Smith hit his approach shot within a couple feet of the pin, and the Aussie sank a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to give himself and his Swedish teammate the victory Monday. Smith and Blixt could have won it on earlier playoff holes but missed short birdie putts.


U.S. MEN’S SOCCER: The U.S. national team will play Ghana on July 1 in East Hartford, Connecticut, to prepare for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is the biennial championship for the North, Central American and Caribbean regions. Twelve teams take part in the tournament, which will be played in 14 U.S. cities from July 7-26.

U.S. Coach Bruce Arena is expected to look at younger players in Gold Cup matches and leave off many of the team’s regulars.


NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised a fifth-year option on quarterback Blake Bortles, a move executive vice president Tom Coughlin calls a “smart business decision.”

 The Minnesota Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr, but declined to do the same with injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

 The Green Bay Packers released running backs Don Jackson and Christine Michael.

 The Buffalo Bills signed veteran free-agent cornerback Shareece Wright, and also began their search to replace Doug Whaley, a day after the GM was fired.

A person familiar with the search process confirmed to The Associated Press that the Bills have sought the Carolina Panthers’ permission to interview assistant general manager Brandon Beane.