Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Last night featured round one of what should be a compelling NL East battle between the Braves and Nationals. While the Nationals had the early advantage behind an excellent effort from Ross Detwiler, the Braves came roaring back in the late innings for an eventual 6-4 win in 10 innings.

After scoring one run in the seventh and eighth innings, the Braves evened things up in the ninth against Drew Storen, who was being asked to close with Rafael Soriano unavailable. The big blow of the inning was a wild throw by Ryan Zimmerman which sailed past second base and allowed two runs to score. The Braves pulled ahead in the 10th inning with a two-run homer by utility infielder Ramiro Pena. How’s that for unlikely heroes?

The Braves have now won seven straight games and currently own the best record in the majors at 9-1. Stephen Strasburg will try to get the Nationals back in the win column this afternoon while Tim Hudson is on the mound for Atlanta.

Your Friday box scores:

Giants 3, Cubs 4

White Sox 0, Indians 1

Reds 5, Pirates 6

Orioles 2, Yankees 5

Phillies 3, Marlins 1 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 8, Royals 4

Brewers 0, Cardinals 2

Astros 5, Angels 0

Dodgers 0, Diamondbacks 3

Tigers 3, Athletics 4 (12 innings)

Rockies 7, Padres 5

Mets 16, Twins 5

Rangers 1, Mariners 3

Rays/Red Sox – postponed

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.