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LONDON -- For 2 1/2 hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Marlins J. T. Realmuto Jersey . Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment. "The battle is always a little more enjoyable when you win," Williams said Friday after coming within two points of victory but losing 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to Kvitova, the 2011 champion. All four of their previous meetings went to three sets and this one was no different, with plenty of suspense, intensity, and only a few break points. Williams looked stronger early in the match and was up 5-4, 15-30 on Kvitovas serve, in the second set. But the Czech came up with some big serves, held and won the second set tiebreaker. The players then held serve for the first 11 games of the third set before Kvitova broke No. 30 Williams for the first time in the last game. "Its a shame there had to be a loser in this match and more of a shame that it had to be me," Williams said. Despite the loss, Williams had reasons to feel positive about her week in London. At the age of 34, she has been playing well this season, winning a title in Dubai and reaching the final in Auckland and Miami. This week, she got to the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time in her past 10 appearances. After her battle with Kvitova, she reiterated that retirement is not in her plans. More than that, Williams still believes in her ability to add to her total of seven Grand Slams. "People have been trying to retire me since I was like 25. For some reason in tennis we always do that to our players. Its weird," said Williams, who disclosed three years ago that she was diagnosed with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease. "We dont encourage them to stick around," she added. "Its like, Get out of here. So Im not getting out of here. I think this year has been a great year for me. Ive had some tough losses, but Ive learned a lot from them. Im finding my way back on my feet. Im proud of myself for what Im achieving on the court." The former No. 1 is next scheduled to play in Cincinnati and Montreal. She said she might add more tournaments to her summer schedule to keep improving her game. "So that way Ill just have a chance, when its really time to play good tennis, I would have had those matches under my belt," she said. Marlins Garrett Cooper Jersey . -- LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers lineup, happy to know that things didnt go awry without him. Marlins Rafael Ortega Jersey . On the day the club activated Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list, his return from a strained oblique that cost him the first six weeks of the regular season, it announced Sergio Santos would be placed on the disabled list on Monday with discomfort in his right forearm. http://www.cheapmarlinsjerseysauthentic....dez-jersey . Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th shot in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7 on Saturday night. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the first five innings, the Los Angeles Angels barely had a chance against Detroits Drew Smyly. After that, the Angels put together just enough offence and more than enough quality relief pitching to secure another gritty win. Efren Navarro and Kole Calhoun drove in runs in the sixth, and the Angels overcame Smylys 11-strikeout effort for a 2-1 victory Friday night. Navarro had two hits after replacing Josh Hamilton in the fourth inning as the Angels earned their majors-leading 36th home victory by beating the majors best road team. Yet even Navarro wondered whether the Angels could break through against Smyly, who struck out six straight at one point. "He was making his pitches, working on the outer part of the plate," said Navarro, who drove in Calhoun for the go-ahead run and chased Smyly with a two-out single. "But on that last pitch, he made his pitch, and I was able to do something with it." Miguel Cabrera homered and Smyly (6-9) had his career-high in strikeouts for the Tigers, who have lost seven of eight in Anaheim. After Detroits pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in Thursdays series opener, Smyly struck out eight of the Angels first 10 hitters. The left-hander overwhelmed Los Angeles until the sixth, retiring his first 13 batters and striking out nine different Angels. "Ten out of the first nine hitters struck out, something like that," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said with a grin. "He had great stuff. For us to match him pitch for pitch, that was something." Everything changed abruptly with consecutive, one-out doubles by Chris Iannetta and Calhoun, followed by Navarros go-ahead RBI after the Tigers intentionally walked Albert Pujols to get to Los Angeles reserve outfielder. "I felt great pretty much the whole game," Smyly said. "I was executing all of my pitches pretty good, and they were the sharpest theyve been in a while, so I felt really confident. ... They have a really good lineup, so I knew I had to stay focused every inning because there wasnt much room for error. For me, its a good start to build off of." Tyler Skaggs yielded five hits in 5 2-3 resourceful innings for the Angels, who have won 14 of 19. Marlins Jarlin Garcia Jersey. Los Angeles improved the majors second-best record to 61-41 and pulled within two games of the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics, who lost at Texas. Los Angeles bullpen backed up Skaggs with 3 1-3 innings of one-hit relief, retiring nine straight along the way. Mike Morin (3-3) struck out Torii Hunter with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his second save in three appearances for the Angels, wrapping up an all-around encouraging effort for Scioscias club. "Those (relievers) had tough hitters in every inning, and they did a terrific job," Scioscia said. Skaggs struggled much more than Smyly, needing 43 pitches to get through the first two innings alone, but still struck out five. "His fastball is his best pitch, and his curveball is really good, too," Hunter said. "That was my first time facing him -- I think everybodys first time facing him -- and he did a great job." Cabrera connected for his 16th homer leading off the fourth inning, putting his second shot in three days into the stands in right field. Los Angeles didnt get a ball out of the infield until Mike Trouts one-out fly ball to right in the fourth. The Tigers chased Skaggs with consecutive, two-out singles in the sixth. Detroit then loaded the bases when David Freese botched Martinezs soft grounder to third, but Morin fanned Hunter to end it. Hamilton left the game with soreness in his left knee and was replaced by Navarro in left field. The former AL MVP grounded out weakly in his only at-bat, and he failed to make a play on J.D. Martinezs long fly to left in the second, allowing it to bounce for a double. NOTES: Angels LHP C.J. Wilson threw a bullpen session in his recovery from his sprained right ankle. ... Kevin Jepsen struck out the Detroit side in the seventh for the hard-throwing right-handers 14th consecutive scoreless relief appearance. ... 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