Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Pirates stayed within a game of the first-place Brewers last night with a thrilling 7-4 win over the Cubs. They took the lead on a go-ahead three-run homer by catcher Michael McKenry off Carlos Marmol in the bottom of the eighth inning. And if McKenry’s name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t feel too bad. It was the first home run of his major league career.

Prominent All-Star snub Andrew McCutchen also homered in the victory while Joel Hanrahan pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 26th save in 26 chances.

Who knows how long they can keep this up, but it’s pretty cool to see that the Pirates are at least relevant in July.

Your Friday box scores:

Cubs 4, Pirates 7

Rockies 3, Nationals 2

Braves 2, Phillies 3

Blue Jays 11, Indians 7 

Orioles 3, Red Sox 10

Astros 3, Marlins 6

Athletics 5, Rangers 8

Reds 7, Brewers 8

Twins 8, White Sox 5

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6

Tigers 6, Royals 4

Padres 0, Dodgers 1

Mariners 3, Angels 4

Mets 5, Giants 2

Rays vs. Yankees: POSTPONED

Michael Wacha leaves game with a left oblique strain

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Cardinals starter Michael Wacha suffered a strained left oblique muscle during his start this afternoon against the Phillies, causing him to leave in the fourth inning.

Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 71/36 K/BB ratio in 84.1 innings across 15 starts this season with St. Louis. To the extent he has to miss some time — and obliques invariably send starters to the disabled list — potential fill-in candidates include John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleon and Dakota Hudson.