Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The battle for the National League Central wages on.

Cincinnati fell to St. Louis in the first game of this important weekend series on Friday night at Great American Ball Park but rallied back to even up the three-game set on Saturday, tagging Cardinals rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons for four runs on one walk and six hits en route to a 4-2 victory.

Jay Bruce hit a solo blast to deep right field in the bottom of the second inning — his 10th home run of the year — then Devin Mesoraco added a solo shot to right-center in the bottom of the fifth. The Reds tacked on two more runs in the sixth and Aroldis Chapman earned his 16th save in his ninth (with the help of an iffy final-out call at first base).

The Reds — along with the Pirates — are three games back of the Cardinals in the division standings. The Reds and Cards will wrap up their series this evening on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Angels 9, Red Sox 5 (Game 1)

Rangers 3, Blue Jays 4 (18 innings)

Marlins 2, Mets 1 (20 innings)

Pirates 6, Cubs 2

Twins 4, Nationals 3 (11 innings)

Indians 4, Tigers 6

Athletics 1, White Sox 4

Yankees 3, Mariners 1

Orioles 0, Rays 8

Astros 2, Royals 7

Phillies 3, Brewers 4

Cardinals 2, Reds 4

Padres 4, Rockies 2

Angels 2, Red Sox 7 (Game 2)

Braves 2, Dodgers 1

Giants 10, Diamondbacks 5

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees

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The Baltimore Orioles have claimed utilityman Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees.

Peterson has played in three games this season and has been DFA’d twice. He had no place to play in New York but perhaps the O’s can use his versatility. While mostly a second baseman in his career he’s appeared at every position except pitcher and catcher at some point along the way, and that’s useful. More useful for a team that isn’t going anyplace like Baltimore, I presume. Saves ’em on gas money from Norfolk when someone gets an owie.

To make room for Peterson the O’s moved Gabriel Ynoa, who is suffering from shoulder inflammation, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Ynoa has yet to appear in a game this season.