Homer in ninth lifts GreenJackets past Sand Gnats

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Minor League Baseball

Jackets prevail on homer in 9th

In Savannah, Ga., Ryan Jones hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie and lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 6-4 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats on Tuesday.

Jeremy Sy walked to open the inning and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Sim. Jones followed with a homer to left, his first of the season.

Sy and Sim both went 2 for 3 for the GreenJackets. Sim had three RBI and Sy scored three times.

Ryan Black (1-2), the third Augusta pitcher, got the win, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Daniel Slania pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save.

Miscellaneous

Outdoor Expo to be held July 19

The Third Annual Augusta Outdoor Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 19 at James Brown Arena.

More than 100 vendors are expected to display and sell products at the event, which will feature more than $35,000 in door prizes, including two front row Guitar Pull tickets, a Bad Boy Buggies vehicle, a $2,500 shopping spree and more. Door prizes will be distributed at 4 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is David Blanton.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Children under the age of 2 are free.

Auto Racing

Busch, team are
hit with penalty

NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday’s race.

Busch was also docked 10 driver points, and Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

The penalty dropped Busch from 24th to 26th in the standings.

WNBA

Dream down Sun to up lead to five

In Atlanta, Angel McCoughtry scored 12 of her 22 points in the third quarter, Tiffany Hayes added 17 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the Connecticut Sun 83-71 on Tuesday night.

The Dream (13-5) pushed their Eastern Conference lead to five games over Connecticut, Chicago and Indiana.

• Minnesota star Maya Moore was the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19 in Phoenix.

She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker.

Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference. She is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once in the past 10 games.

McCoughtry and teammate Shoni Schimmel, New York’s Cappie Pondexter and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, round out the East starters.

Tennis

Former Bulldog wins his opener

In Newport, R.I., John Isner rode his fierce serve to another victory on Newport’s grass courts, defeating Wayne Odesnik 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 6-foot-10 Isner, a former Georgia standout, had 19 aces – with one serve topping 137 mph – and only two double-faults in raising his career record at Newport to 14-3.

– From staff and wire reports

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