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TinCaps victimized by 8th-inning meltdown

Fort Wayne suffered a six-run eighth inning that turned a 5-2 advantage into an 8-5 loss Sunday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.

The TinCaps (55-48) edged another step closer to .500 after their third-straight loss. Fort Wayne is 12-22 in the second half of the season.

Reliever Trevor Gott gave up five earned runs in the eighth and absorbed his first loss of the year.

The Dragons (48-57, 20-16) started the eighth with a home run from Seth Mejias-Brean off Gott. Gott walked the next batter, produced a fielder’s choice groundout and then gave up three straight singles to score a run and load the bases.

Chris Nunn came in for Gott, and Beau Amaral stepped in for Dayton. Amaral sent a grand slam over the right field wall to complete the rally and secure the series for the Dragons.

Fort Wayne starter Bryan Rodriguez’s six-inning outing, with five hits and one earned run, was wasted. Joey Housey got the win for Dayton, and Dragons closer Alejandro Chacin picked up the save.

The TinCaps will try to avoid a sweep today. First pitch of the three-game series finale is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Hamilton wins 1st at Hungarian GP

In Budapest, Hungary, Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to clinch his first victory of a frustrating season. Kimi Raikkonen was second after holding off a strong late challenge from Sebastian Vettel, who was third ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Capps grabs 4th win at Sonoma

In Sonoma, Calif., Ron Capps raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season Sunday for his fourth career win in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The Californian powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.085-second run at 307.79 mph to hold off 15-time season champion John Force in the final. Shawn Langdon won the Top Fuel final, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.


Aussie in hot water for Pakistani slam

Golfer Steve Elkington could be disciplined for what he says was his inadvertent “use of language in relation to the Pakistani people” in a Twitter message. Golf’s governing body has begun an investigation. Elkington, the 1995 PGA champion, tweeted an offensive term while criticizing the English city of Southport. He has apologized.


Kiwis beat Italy in America’s trial

Emirates Team New Zealand beat Italy’s Luna Rossa by 3 minutes, 2 1 seconds in their final meeting in the round-robins in the America’s Cup challenger trials on San Francisco Bay. The Kiwis already had clinched the right to advance straight to the Louis Vuitton Cup finals and leave Luna Rossa to face Artemis Racing of Sweden in the semifinals starting Aug. 6.


US still waiting for World Cup to call

The United States has not been approached about hosting the 2014 or 2022 World Cups should concerns about security or weather force them to be moved. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati says the U.S. still wants to host a World Cup, possibly as early as 2026. But he is certain next year’s World Cup will go off as planned in Brazil despite protests during last month’s Confederations Cup.


Isner stands taller in Atlanta final

Top-seeded John Isner won the Atlanta Open, 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 rallied to win two tiebreakers, pushing his ATP-best tiebreaker record to 26-5.

Cibulkova gains revenge in classic

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. 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.

Russian captures 1st Swiss Open

In Gstaad, Switzerland, Mikhail Youzhny won his first Swiss Open title on at his eighth attempt, beating Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4. The sixth-seeded Youzhny broke unseeded Haase’s service once in each set to clinch his ninth career title, and third on clay courts. A former top-10 player now ranked No. 33, the 31-year-old Russian had never previously reached the final at Gstaad in seven visits since 2002.

Sharapova forced to exit Rogers Cup

Maria Sharapova will miss the Rogers Cup tournament because of a hip injury. The world No. 2-ranked Russian withdrew saying she has yet to recover from the injury she suffered during a second-round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito at this year’s Wimbledon. The Rogers Cup will beAug. 3-11 at Rexall Centre on York University campus in Toronto. The men’s tournament will be Aug. 2-11 in Montreal.