Minor League Baseball


Savannah starter stifles Augusta

In Savannah, Ga., Rafael Montero allowed only one hit in six shutout innings and the Savannah Sand Gnats held on for a 5-3 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday.

Montero (3-2) had five strikeouts and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.64. T.J. Rivera drove in two runs for the Sand Gnats, who salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Carlos Willoughby had a two-run double for the GreenJackets, who will stay on the road and open a three-game series against Rome tonight.



Noll triumphs in Georgia Mid-Am

In Duluth, Ga., David Noll Jr., of Dalton, shot 72 to win the Georgia State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship by two shots over Chase Jones, of Cartersville.

Noll finished at 11-under-par 205 at Berkeley Hills Country Club.

Augusta’s Jeff Knox shot 71 and finished third at 211. Former Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters, who now lives in Athens, posted 76 and tied for seventh at 217. Brad Jones, of Augusta, carded 74 and tied for 16th at 221.



Russian defends Italian Open title

In Rome, Maria Sharapova successfully defended her Italian Open title, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a wild match in which play was twice interrupted by rain and the red clay turned to mud.

“The match was a joke,” Li said. “It’s tough to play in such heavy rain and then you go and rest for two hours and then play again in heavy rain. ... But I still have positive things to take away. She was just stronger and tougher.”

The rain proved even more formidable for a men’s final that never happened. Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will have to wait until today to settle their championship.

• In Duesseldorf, Ger­many, Andy Roddick and Ryan Harrison lost singles matches, giving Argentina an unassailable 2-0 lead over the United States on the opening day of the Team World Cup.

The eight-nation tournament on clay is a warmup for the French Open, which starts in one week.

Roddick, playing his first tournament since March, lost to Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 6-2 in the Red Group. Leonardo Mayer followed by outlasting Harrison 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.



Dutchman takes Tour of California

In Los Angeles, eight months after breaking his leg in a training accident, Dutchman Robert Gesink sealed his overall race title with a main field finish in the eighth stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, won the final leg. The 22-year-old Sagan claimed the 42.6-mile road race from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles with a late burst to take his fifth win of the eight-stage event.

The 25-year-old Gesink, who rides for Rabobank, was victorious over Dave Zabriskie, the Utah native who lives in Los Angeles, by 46 seconds after claiming the mountainous and decisive seventh stage.

• In Lecco, Italy, Matteo Rabottini won the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italiay, holding off Joaquin Rodriguez in a close finish as the Spaniard took back the overall lead from Ryder Hesjedal.

On the second hilltop finish of the race, Rabottini crossed the line in 5 hours, 15 minutes, 30 seconds, edging out Rodriguez on the final curve of the 105-mile leg from Busto Arsizio to the Piani dei Resinelli, a hilltop outside Lecco on Lake Como.