Jackets’ winning streak snapped
In Rome, Ga., Kyle Kubitza drove in the go-ahead run on a double in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading Rome to a 4-3 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night.
The Braves tied the game three batters earlier on a solo home run by Fernando De Lo Santos.
Jose Flores had two RBI and Garrett Buechele had three hits for the GreenJackets, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Track and Field
Gay enters run to get ‘jitters out’
In New York, Tyson Gay joked that his agent tricked him, promising a “low-key” race for his long-awaited return to competition, not the throng of TV cameras that greeted him at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday.
But the former world champion knew he needed the pressure of a big stage before he goes to the U.S. Olympic trials at the end of the month.
The 29-year-old hadn’t raced since hip surgery last July. He entered the “B’’ 100 Saturday, more than two hours before reigning world champion Yohan Blake was scheduled to compete. Gay finished in 10.0 seconds running into a headwind, but success was measured in sprinting without pain and getting “all the jitters out.”
Gay would have preferred entering a less high-profile event than a Diamond League meet in New York City, but coach Jon Drummond told him it was “better to it get out of the way than to go to trials and be really anxious and nervous.”
Gay might run in a small meet in Texas before trials.
The American-record holder in the 100 won three gold medals at the 2007 world championships. But since then, he’s been overtaken by Usain Bolt and beset by injuries.
Orozco rallies to capture crown
In St. Louis, John Orozco rallied to win the U.S. men’s gymnastics championships, edging defending champion Danell Leyva on the last rotation to give the Americans a potent one-two punch at next month’s London Olympics.
The 19-year-old from the Bronx trailed Leyva by two points with two events to go before putting together a pair of spectacular routines on high bar and floor exercise to lift the three-time U.S. junior champion to victory.
Orozco finished with a two-round total of 184.850, barely ahead of Leyva’s 184.800.
Leyva and Orozco can book their flights across the Atlantic as the leaders of perhaps the deepest American team since 1984.
Sam Mikulak, Jonathan Horton, Jake Dalton and Chris Brooks also secured automatic bids to the Olympic trials in three weeks.
Messi’s hat trick leads Argentina
In East Rutherford, N.J., Lionel Messi scored on three dazzling runs for his second international hat trick, finishing the season with a record 82 goals for club and country in Argentina’s 4-3 win over Brazil in a friendly.
With Brazil using a mostly young squad ahead of the Olympics, Romulo put them ahead in the 23rd minute.
Messi gave Argentina a 2-1 lead with goals in the 31st and 34th on spectacular dashes that beat the defense, but Oscar leveled in the
56th and Hulk tapped in a corner kick dropped by goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 72nd.
Argentina came back once again three minutes later when Frederico Fernandez scored off a corner kick by Sergio Aguero, who had just entered the game.