Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Brewers held a six and a half game lead in the National League Central when the calendar flipped to July. Now their lead is down to just one game.

After being down 6-0, the Cardinals rallied back to beat the Brewers 7-6 last night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Joe Kelly struggled in his first start since coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs in three innings, but the St. Louis offense powered back against Yovani Gallardo thanks to home runs from Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, and Jhonny Peralta. Matt Holliday put them ahead for good with a solo home run off Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.

The Brewers have now lost six straight games and 10 out of their last 11. The Cardinals will attempt to even things up in the division this afternoon when they send their ace Adam Wainwright to the hill against rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson. It should be a fun one.

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6

Yankees 2, Orioles 3

Braves 4, Cubs 5

White Sox 4, Indians 7

Nationals 2, Phillies 6

Blue Jays 8, Rays 5

Pirates 5, Reds 6

Angels 3, Rangers 0

Marlins 1, Mets 7

Tigers 2, Royals 1

Twins 2, Rockies 6

Red Sox 8, Astros 3

Padres 6, Dodgers 3

Athletics 2, Mariners 3

Diamondbacks 0, Giants 5

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.

Video: Blue Jays walk off against the Athletics again, this time with a grand slam

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The Blue Jays completed a four-game series sweep against the Athletics on Thursday afternoon and won their second consecutive game in walk-off fashion. Last night, the Jays went into the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 2-0, but a two-run home run by Justin Smoak followed by a solo home run from Kendrys Morales led to a 3-2 walk-off victory.

Thursday’s game was already interesting enough as starter Marcus Stroman, catcher Russell Martin, and manager John Gibbons were all ejected by home plate umpire Will Little. Despite the adversity, the Jays battled the A’s, tying the game at four apiece when Morales blasted a solo home run — his second of the game — in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the 10th inning, A’s reliever Liam Hendriks walked the bases loaded with two outs to bring up Steve Pearce. Pearce worked the count full before pulling a fastball down the left field line for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Jays an 8-4 victory to complete the sweep.

Before Pearce, the last Jays hitter to hit a walk-off grand slam was Gregg Zaun on September 6, 2008 against the Rays, per SportsNet Stats.