Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Victor Caratini hit an RBI double during a decisive seventh inning, helping the Chicago Cubs back Jose Quintana in a close game and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. A night after losing 2-1 in 11 innings despite a strong start from Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs had enough offense for Quintana. The left-hander allowed three hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Giants for the first time in his career after going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA over his first three starts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is headed to the Bay Area hoping he will be ready to come off the disabled list and play in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants. Bryant, out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder, played rehab games for Double-A Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday. He had hoped to rejoin the Cubs during their series at AT&T Park.
CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping outfielder Dexter Fowler hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2. Kolten Wong had four hits, including a two-run homer and a double, as every St. Louis starter except catcher Yadier Molina got at least one hit.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sam Esposito, the North Carolina State baseball coach who played in the 1959 World Series for the Chicago White Sox, has died at 81. The school did not give a cause. Esposito won 513 games for the Wolfpack and led them to four Atlantic Coast Conference baseball titles and third place in the 1968 College World Series. He also was an assistant coach for 12 seasons on the men’s basketball team. He was on the staff of coach Norm Sloan for the school’s first national title in 1974.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kayla McBride scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half to help the Las Vegas Aces take the season series against the Chicago Sky with a 98-74 win. The Aces (9-12) outscored the Sky 32-15 in the second quarter and closed the third with an 18-2 run to make it 76-50.
NEW YORK (AP) — Several players have etched their names in the WNBA record books. Rebekkah Brunson is now the league’s all-time leading rebounder while Diana Taurasi has broken the mark for most field goals made. Sue Bird has set the Seattle franchise mark for points and helped the Storm move into first in The Associated Press power poll for the first time in franchise history.