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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 446-foot home run and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games.

The Giants took three of four at PNC Park.

After hitting a key double late in Wednesday night's win, Panik put the Giants ahead 3-1 with his triple in the third inning. Williamson followed with an RBI single.

Williamson connected for his second home run of the season in the sixth.

Albert Suarez (3-1) gave up two earned runs in five innings. Santiago Casilla struck out three in the ninth for his 16th save.

Jonathon Niese (6-5) was tagged for five runs in six innings.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) - Derek Norris hit a three-run homer that completed San Diego's sixth-inning comeback, and the NL's highest-scoring team in June rallied for a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

San Diego is 10-3 against Cincinnati in the last three seasons, its best record against any team.

The game marked the beginning of the Reds' biggest weekend of the season. Hits king Pete Rose will be inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame and his No. 14 will be officially retired. His number was cut into the grass in center field for the series.

J.C. Ramirez (1-3) gave up Norris' 10th homer run for a 6-4 lead.

Christian Friedrich (4-2) allowed four runs in five innings, including Adam Duvall's two-run homer. Duvall became the fourth player in the majors with 21 homers, joining Colorado's Nolan Arenado, the Chicago's Todd Frazer and Baltimore's Mark Trumbo.

Fernando Rodney remained perfect in 16 save chances.

 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James will not chase gold this summer in the Rio Olympics.

Agent Rich Paul told The Associated Press on Thursday night that James informed USA Basketball that he has withdrawn from consideration.

James won gold medals in the last two Olympics. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title this week, his sixth straight appearance in the finals.

The 31-year-old James wanted to wait until after the season until making a decision about Rio, which would have been his fourth Olympics. He's the latest big name to drop from the U.S. squad, following two-time MVP Stephen Curry, James Harden and Chris Paul.

 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.

"It was 50 years plus that the Cleveland drought was going on," James said. "The last championship was 50-some years ago. Guess what? It took a kid from Akron to end it."

With that, James left the stage with fireworks lighting the sky and headed home.

For many, he's never left.

With more than 25,000 packing a small downtown area, James was celebrated as a hometown hero on Thursday night in Akron, where a section of Main Street has been renamed "LeBron James Way."

This was a much more intimate and sentimental gathering than on Wednesday when nearly 1 million people jammed Cleveland's city streets, turning a parade fit for a king into a lovefest spanning generations to celebrate the Cavaliers winning the NBA title and ending the city's championship drought stretching to 1964.

As was the case in Cleveland, spectators stood on rooftops, inside parking garages, anywhere possible to see and cheer James, who acknowledged as many as he could during his brief remarks.

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