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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


It was the second-to-last day of the regular season, and you probably already saw what happened in the games that mattered. But in case you didn’t …

The Pirates lost to the Reds in Cincinnati on a 10th-inning walkoff grand slam by Ramon Santiago and the Cardinals later fell to the Diamondbacks when David Peralta slugged a go-ahead three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, so there was no movement in the National League Central standings. St. Louis leads by one game with one game to play.

The Twins trounced the Tigers in Detroit thanks to Eduardo Escobar driving in a career-high six runs and the Royals fell to the White Sox in Chicago after an ugly outing from Danny Duffy, so no ground was shifted in the American League Central standings. Detroit leads by one game with one game to play.

The A’s lost again after Jeff Samardzija yielded five runs and the Mariners eked out a win over the Angels in extras, so the second American League Wild Card spot remains undecided. Oakland leads by one game.

We’ve laid out all the scenarios in a post previewing Sunday’s action. This should be good.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 4, Red Sox 10

Pirates 6, Reds 10 (10 innings)

Marlins 1, Nationals 5

Padres 1, Giants 3

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 4

Rays 2, Indians 0

Braves 4, Phillies 2

Twins 12, Tigers 3

Royals 4, White Sox 5

Cubs 1, Brewers 2

Astros 1, Mets 2

Athletics 4, Rangers 5

Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 5

Angels 1, Mariners 2 (11 innings)

Rockies 5, Dodgers 6 (12 innings)

Pirates, Cardinals both lose; NL Central still undecided

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The Pirates lost to the Reds 10-6 on Saturday afternoon on Ramon Santiago’s tenth-inning walk-off grand slam. That meant that the Cardinals went into their evening match-up against the Diamondbacks with the ability to clinch the NL Central with a win.

The Cardinals were unable to take care of business. D-Backs first baseman  Mark Trumbo did nearly all of the damage, homering twice and knocking in four, including a tie-breaking three-run jack in the seventh inning. The Cardinals mustered only two third-inning runs off of Wade Miley. As a result, the NL Central remains undecided going into the final day of the regular season.

If the Pirates win and the Cardinals lose on Sunday afternoon, they will tie with an 89-73 record and force a Game 163 tie-breaker to be played on Monday. Alternatively, either a Pirates loss or a Cardinals win will clinch the NL Central for the club from St. Louis.

Here’s what’s going on Sunday afternoon:

  • Pirates @ Reds, 1:10 PM ET (Gerrit Cole vs. Johnny Cueto)
  • Cardinals @ Diamondbacks, 4:10 PM ET (Adam Wainwright vs. Josh Collmenter)

Reds beat Pirates on grand slam from Ramon Santiago; Cardinals’ magic number down to one

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Thanks to some rare power from Ramon Santiago, the Cardinals’ magic number is down to one to clinch the National League Central. Santiago hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning this afternoon to give the Reds a 10-6 win over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The game was a thrilling back-and-forth affair. The Reds scored three runs in the first inning off Francisco Liriano before the Pirates chipped away and eventually took the lead in the fifth inning on a two-run single from Neil Walker. The Reds immediately tied things up on an RBI single from Ryan Ludwick, but the Pirates took the lead right back in the seventh with an RBI single from Andrew McCutchen and an RBI triple from Walker. It didn’t last long, as Todd Frazier hit a game-tying two-run homer off John Holdzkom in the bottom-half of the frame. Both bullpens then kept things in check until John Axford issued a leadoff walk to Todd Frazier to begin the bottom of the 10th.

While Axford retired the next batter Devin Mesoraco on a line out to center field, he then allowed a single to Chris Heisey and walked Ryan Ludwick to load the bases. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle turned to Bobby LaFromboise to face pinch-hitter Brayan Pena, who flew out to shallow right field for the second out. However, Santiago followed with the improbable game-winning blast over the left field fence. It was his second career walk-off home run and his first ever grand slam.

With the Pirates now 1 1/2 games back in the National League Central, the Cardinals can clinch the division tonight with a win over the Diamondbacks. If it happens, the Cardinals figure to scratch Adam Wainwright tomorrow while the Pirates will likely hold Gerrit Cole back for Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the Giants.