Devers homers as Sea Dogs drop third straight, falling to RubberDucks

Bobby Bradley’s two-run homer keyed a four-run fifth inning that sent the Akron RubberDucks to an 8-3 Eastern League victory over the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday in Akron, Ohio.

Portland, which lost its third straight, had gone ahead 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Danny Mars hit an RBI single and Rafael Devers added a two-run home run.

Luigi Rodriguez added a two-run homer for Akron in the eighth.

Sunday’s finale of the three-game series was moved up to 12:05 p.m. because of the forecast for inclement weather. It was originally scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

NECBL: The Mountaineers (5-4) scored four runs in the third inning and easily handled the Mainers (2-6) in a 6-1 victory at Montpelier, Vermont.

Zachary Scott had a solo home run in the fifth inning for Sanford, which lost its third straight.


LPGA: Lexi Thompson shot a 64 on Saturday on the Blythefield layout reduced to a par of 69 because of flooding, giving her a one-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The fifth hole was played as a par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding from overnight rain.

Thompson had six birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 196. Brooke Henderson, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 67 to drop into a tie for second with Lee-Anne Pace (61), Sung Hyun Park (62) and Jenny Shin (63).


MLS: Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.

New England scored in the 70th minute when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Host nation Russia beat a poor New Zealand team 2-0 to open the tournament with a win that was all but demanded by Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s president was in the $750 million new stadium in his native St. Petersburg to see forward Fyodor Smolov’s 69th-minute goal add to an own goal by New Zealand defender Michael Boxall in the 31st.

Putin this week demanded better results from the 63rd-ranked team to impress the Russian public.


NFL: Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has a sprained left foot, but is expected to be ready for training camp next month.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft injured his foot late in practice Wednesday. The Browns waited until Garrett received a second opinion before providing an update Saturday.


STUTTGART OPEN: Lucas Pouille will play Feliciano Lopez in the final in Germany.

Pouille, the No. 4 seed, defeated fellow French player Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 7-5, and Lopez won 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4), 7-5 over the sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev of Germany in the other semifinal on Saturday.


XFINITY SERIES: Denny Hamlin inched ahead of William Byron on the final turn and nosed out the rookie at the finish line, winning in the closest Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway since the advent of electronic scoring.

It was Hamlin’s 16th career Xfinity victory and first in three starts this year, but the 19-year-old Byron made him earn it. Byron led after a restart with two laps remaining, but Hamlin pressured him the rest of the way, and the Cup Series veteran eventually prevailed by 0.012 seconds.

– Staff and news service report