GreenJackets top Sand Gnats
In Savannah, Ga., Augusta starter Matthew Lujan (5-0) pitched seven strong innings for his fifth win of the season, allowing just one run and striking out six, as the GreenJackets beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 6-1 on Sunday.
Mitchell Delfino singled, Joseph Rapp was hit by a pitch and Charles Jones tripled in the top of the third as the GreenJackets broke the game open from a 1-1 tie with three runs. Ben Turner drove in Jones on a sacrifice fly for the third run in the inning. Augusta added runs in the top of the sixth and eighth innings on a double from Alberto Robles and an Andrew Cain single.
Jones was 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBI. Delfino and Travious Relaford also had two hits each for the GreenJackets. Jorge Rivero was the lone Savannah player with two hits.
Julian Hilario (5-4) took the loss for the Sand Gnats.
Augusta begins a three-game series at home today with Rome. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Ex-Georgia star reigns in Atlanta
In Atlanta, Ga., top-seeded John Isner won the Atlanta Open on Sunday, beating second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) in the tallest final in ATP history.
The 6-foot-10 Isner, who lost in the Atlanta final in 2010 and ’11 to fellow American Mardy Fish, won his seventh career title. Anderson is 6-foot-8.
Isner, a former Georgia standout, rallied to win two tiebreakers, pushing his ATP-best tiebreaker record to 27-6.
Isner will move up from his world rank of 22 and likely pass Sam Querry (20) as the top American. Isner is 6-3 against Anderson, who began the tournament ranked No. 21. Isner earned $98,700, and Anderson took home $52,000.
• In Stanford, Calif., Dominika Cibulkova avenged one of the worst losses ever in a WTA Tour final, outlasting Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday.
Seven months after failing to even win a game against Radwanska in the Sydney final, Cibulkova came out aggressive and put the top-seeded Radwanska on the run. The third-seeded Cibulkova overcame two service breaks in the final set – both on double-faults – to win the final four games.
• In Umag, Croatia, Tommy Robredo won the Croatia Open clay-court event, beating Fabio Fognini 6-0, 6-3 for his 12th career title and second this year.
• In Gstaad, Switzerland, Mikhail Youzhny won his first Swiss Open title Sunday at his eighth attempt, beating Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.
• In Baku, Azerbaijan, Elina Svitolina won the Baku Cup title by beating Shahar Peer 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Atlanta claims Ayon off waivers
The Atlanta Hawks claimed center Gustavo Ayon off waivers, according to multiple reports.
The Milwaukee Bucks waived Ayon last week before his $1.5 million salary became guaranteed. The Hawks will pick up the 6-foot-10 Mexican’s salary, which now becomes guaranteed.
The Hawks and Bucks have been involved in a series of transactions involving each other this summer. The Bucks signed Hawks’ restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague to an $8 million per season offer sheet, which the Hawks matched. The Bucks also signed Hawks backup center Zaza Pachulia to a three-year, $15 million deal earlier this month.
Ayon averaged 3.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 55 games with the Bucks and Orlando Magic last season.
– From staff and wire reports