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Kemp, Dodgers beat Cubs 8-5

CHICAGO (AP) - Matt Kemp homered and had four RBIs, Yasiel Puig scored a career-high four times and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers used six pitchers to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-5 on Sunday.

     Kemp had four hits for the Dodgers, who clinched a playoff berth on Friday and entered with a 3 1-2 game lead over the Giants in the NL West. Los Angeles pushed starter Dan Haren back a day so he could face San Francisco on Monday.

     The Dodgers instead used the bullpen. Jamey Wright made his first start since Sept. 1, 2013, with the Rays, allowing a run and three hits in two innings.

     Chris Perez struck out two in 1 1-3 innings for his first victory since Aug. 14, 2013. And Kenley Jansen earned his 43rd save in 48 chances.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Avisail Garcia hit two home runs, John Danks took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 10-5 Sunday in the Rays' home finale.

     Winning for the first time in 10 starts since July 25, Danks gave up two runs on two hits in six innings. Brandon Guyer's double with one out in the sixth was the first hit for Tampa Bay, which finished with its worst home record since 2002.

     Garcia's first homer started a four-run second against Nathan Karns. Marcus Semien added a three-run homer in the inning.

     Garcia led off the sixth with his seventh homer of the season, starting a six-run inning. Rookie Jose Abreu singled home a run for his 105th RBI, giving the White Sox a 10-0 lead.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, and then lost 7-2 to Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds.

     St. Louis secured its fourth consecutive postseason appearance when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh earlier in the day. But the Cardinals' lead in the NL Central was sliced to 2 1/2 games over the Pirates.

     Bruce hit two of Cincinnati's four homers as the Reds snapped a six-game losing streak. Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco also went deep.

     Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He was working on a 17-inning scoreless string before St. Louis scored in the fifth.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Terrance Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a TD on the next snap, capping the Dallas Cowboys' comeback from a 21-0 deficit to stun the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.

     DeMarco Murray's 1-yard run late in the first half began the rally for Dallas. Dez Bryant caught a 68-yard scoring pass in the third quarter, and Carter's first career interception and touchdown came not long after he was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms on the bench.

     The comeback matched the largest in Dallas history, the other two coming in overtime in 1984 against New Orleans and 1999 against Washington. It tied the second-largest lead blown by the Rams, who slowed Murray but got burned everywhere else.

     St. Louis is 0-2 at home and was whipped 34-6 by Minnesota in the opener.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dillon Heatherington scored from the blue line at 2:36 of overtime to give a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game Sunday night.

     Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, Kerby Rychel and Alexander Wennberg also scored and Dalton Prout added two assists for Columbus. Also Sunday, a Blue Jackets split squad beat Carolina 4-3 in North Carolina.

     Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues in their preseason opener. Jori Lehtera and Sebastian Wannstrom also scored and Thomas Vannelli had two assists.

     Curtis McElhinney played the first two periods for the Blue Jackets, stopping 23 of 24 shots. The Blues rallied to tie it in the third, scoring twice against Oscar Dansk. Tarasenko handcuffed Dansk with a snap shot 40 seconds in, and Wannstrom tied it 9 minutes later.

     Dansk finished with 14 saves.

     St. Louis starter Jake Allen allowed three goals on 11 shots in two periods. Matt Clime made nine saves in the third period and overtime.





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