Murray raises British spirits...Cards tied with Pirates in NL Central

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 1:06 AM

LONDON (AP) — A three-hour tennis match has ended 77 years of frustration for Britain. Andy Murray has become the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon after his 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch).

CHICAGO (AP)— The Chicago Cubs took two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend, dropping the Bucs into a tie with St. Louis for the NL Central lead. Dioner Navarro (dee-AH'-nur nah-VAH'-roh) lifted a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to give the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 win Sunday at Wrigley Field.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals were finishing a three-game sweep of lowly Miami at Busch Stadium as Lance Lynn improved to 11-3. Matt Holliday homered for the Redbirds, who won, 3-2.

WASHINGTON (AP) —One of the hotter teams in baseball is the Washington Nationals, who've won four straight and have climbed within four games of National League East-leading Atlanta. Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Nationals sent the San Diego Padres to their ninth straight loss, 11-7.

CLEVELAND (AP) — After losing their previous seven meetings against Detroit, the Cleveland Indians finally broke through against the Tigers in the finale of their three-game series. Reliever Al Albuquerque gave up Michael Brantley's two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Tigers saw their lead in the AL Central dwindle to two and a-half games after dropping a 9-6 decision to the Tribe.

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