Congratulations are in order for Pirates closer Mark Melancon, who nailed down his 47th save of the season in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Dodger Stadium to take over the franchise record for most converted saves in a single year.
Mike Williams tallied 46 saves for the Bucs back in 2002. That team, however, finished 72-89.
Melancon boasts a 1.94 ERA in 69 2/3 innings for the 2015 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are clinging to the top National League Wild Card spot by one game entering play Sunday.
Another big night for the Texas Rangers.
Cole Hamels struck out 12 batters over seven innings of one-run ball and Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the American League West-leading Rangers stomped the visiting Mariners 10-1 on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
The big margin of victory lifted the Rangers’ season-long run differential to an even 0. The Astros, who boast a run differential of +88 after their 10-6 victory over the A’s, sit 2 1/2 games back of Texas entering play Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Cardinals 4, Cubs 5
Yankees 5, Mets 0
Angels 4, Twins 3 (Game 1, 12 innings)
Marlins 2, Nationals 5
Diamondbacks 6, Giants 0
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6
Orioles 2, Rays 1
Royals 5, Tigers 6 (11 innings)
White Sox 4, Indians 3
Reds 9, Brewers 7
Phillies 1, Braves 2
Athletics 6, Astros 10
Angels 5, Twins 2 (Game 2)
Mariners 1, Rangers 10
Padres 2, Rockies 10
Pirates 3, Dodgers 2
Giants second baseman Joe Panik had appeared in just 15 games since the All-Star break due to a long-lingering lower back injury, and he has now officially been shut down for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that Panik has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, with outfielder Mac Williamson and catcher Trevor Brown joining the Giants from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.
The end was kind of rough but Panik had a tremendous sophomore season with the Giants overall, slashing .312/.378/.455 with 59 runs scored in 100 games.