Author: Drew Silva

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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


Jon Lester allowed nine hits but yielded only one earned run Saturday at Wrigley Field as the Cubs defeated the visiting Pirates by a score of 4-1.

That’s now six straight victories for Chicago — the longest current winning streak in the major leagues.

Lester was a little shaky in his four starts with the Cubs, but the $155 million left-hander has found a groove as the weather has begun to warm. Since the first of May, Lester owns a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings.

Anthony Rizzo, meanwhile, continues to emerge as one of the very best hitters in baseball. He went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and an RBI on Saturday afternoon, and the 25-year-old first baseman is now batting .349/.469/.612 over 161 plate appearances.

With the Cardinals losing Saturday to the Tigers, the Cubs are only three games back of first place.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Braves 5, Marlins 3

Rays 4, Twins 6

Tigers 4, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)

Pirates 1, Cubs 4

Angels 6, Orioles 1

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 7

Yankees 5, Royals 1

Giants 11, Reds 2

Blue Jays 5, Astros 6

Brewers 1, Mets 14

Indians 10, Rangers 8

Nationals 4, Padres 1

White Sox 4, Athletics 3

Red Sox 4, Mariners 2

Rockies 7, Dodgers 1

Watch all 18 of Corey Kluber’s strikeouts

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Check out this montage of all 18 of Corey Kluber’s strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals …

Kluber was lifted after eight innings of scoreless, zero-walk, one-hit ball with a pitch count of 113. He registered the highest Game Score for an eight-inning outing in the history of Major League Baseball.

Video: Terry Francona talks Corey Kluber’s dominant start

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Watch as Indians manager Terry Francona discusses Corey Kluber’s 18-strikeout outing …

Francona was ejected in the top of the fourth, so he got to watch the final four innings of Kluber’s historically-great performance against the Cardinals from a comfortable chair in his office.

There was a moment of silence in Philadelphia for the victims of the Amtrak train derailment

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Citizens Bank Park — home of the Philadelphia Phillies — is only around eight miles from the location of Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment that killed seven and injured hundreds of others. A moment of silence was held before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and the visiting Pirates …

Philly got a dominant start from Cole Hamels and went on to beat the Bucs by a score of 3-2.