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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


The first-place Cardinals closed out the first half of 2015 with three straight losses in Pittsburgh, which allowed the Pirates to move their once-gaping deficit in the National League Central standings to just 2 1/2 games. But facing this current Mets offense can do wonders for a struggling team with good pitching.

St. Louis topped New York 3-2 on Friday night behind a very solid outing from Lance Lynn and then rolled to an easy 12-2 rout on Saturday. Randal Grichuk homered twice and collected a career-high six RBI. Jason Heyward tallied five hits, continuing to stay hot after a somewhat sluggish first two months. Starter John Lackey gave up 10 hits but only one run.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has dropped two games in a row in Milwaukee.

The standings gap is back to 4 1/2 games entering play Sunday.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Mariners 4, Yankees 3

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2

Royals 7, White Sox 6 (13 innings)

Dodgers 4, Nationals 2

Marlins 1, Phillies 3

Orioles 3, Tigers 0

Pirates 5, Brewers 8

Cubs 4, Braves 0

Indians 9, Reds 4

Rangers 7, Astros 6

Mets 2, Cardinals 12

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4

Rockies 4, Padres 5

Red Sox 0, Angels 3

Twins 2, Athletics 3 (10 innings)

Frankie Montas expected to make MLB debut Friday

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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com has the report …

Frankie Montas will be in the big leagues on Friday, only five days after he appeared in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game.

A baseball source confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the White Sox pitcher, the team’s No. 2 prospect, would join the club when it opens the second half with a home doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

Montas clocked in at 101 mph on the radar gun in his Futures Game appearance earlier this week at Great American Ball Park, though he wound up allowing three runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning. The 22-year-old Dominican right-hander has a 2.47 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 62/29 K/BB ratio in 73 innings (15 starts) this season with Double-A Birmingham.

Montas sent out this tweet from his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening …

Video: Yoan Moncada hits inside-the-park home run — his third home run in as many days

Yoan Moncada

Red Sox middle infield prospect Yoan Moncada showed off his impressive set of wheels with this easy-looking inside-the-park home run Wednesday afternoon at Low-A Greenville

That’s the third home run in as many games for Moncada, who has suddenly caught fire after a slow start to his professional career. The toolsy 20-year-old signed for $31.5 million out of Cuba back in late February.

Freddie Freeman won’t return this month from wrist injury

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had been expected to return from his right wrist contusion immediately after the All-Star break, but it’s not going to play out that way for the 25-year-old.

“It’s more serious than we expected,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told columnist Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “I’m hoping he’ll be back before the first of August but he may not be. He’s working hard to get back but it’s a slow-healing injury and it still gives him pain when he swings.”

Freeman has been on the disabled list since June 18 with the wrist injury — a bone bruise. He has already missed 23 games, and that number is probably going to climb much higher.

Kelly Johnson and Chris Johnson have been filling in at first base for the 42-47 Braves.

Video: Mike Trout goes second to home in 6.8 seconds

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Watch as Mike Trout races home in 6.8 seconds on a fifth-inning RBI single by Prince Fielder …

Trout homered in the first inning and drew a walk in the seventh. He was eventually lifted for Brock Holt.