Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central.

Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly while John Axford was victorious in his return to Milwaukee. Aramis Ramirez drove in five runs in a losing effort.

The Pirates imploded and lost to the Reds in 10 innings last night, so the Cardinals are now two games up in the division with eight to play. Their magic number sits at seven.

Your Friday box scores:

Braves 9, Cubs 5

Astros 1, Indians 2 (7 innings)

Reds 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)

White Sox 5, Tigers 12

Marlins 0, Nationals 8

Orioles 4, Rays 5 (18 innings)

Mets 6, Phillies 4

Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 6

Giants 1, Yankees 5

Rangers 1, Royals 2

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9

Mariners 2, Angels 3 (11 innings)

Twins 0, Athletics 11

Dodgers 0, Padres 2

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.