Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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You know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ryan Madson’s ability to handle the ninth inning. Why not start that fun little controversy over again?

Madson blew up in epic fashion in last night’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals, giving up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing four straight singles to tie the ballgame, he served up a walkoff grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman. It was just his second blown save of the season and brought his ERA from 2.06 to 3.25 on the year.

Zimmerman now has three career grand slams and eight walkoff home runs. Though he was slowed during the first half of the season with an abdominal injury, the 26-year-old third baseman is batting .352/.404/.552 with five homers, 18 RBI and a .956 OPS since the All-Star break.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 4, Nationals 8

Cardinals 4, Cubs 5 (10 innings)

Indians 1, Tigers 4

Mariners 2, Rays 3

Reds 11, Pirates 8

Rangers 7, White Sox 4

Brewers 6, Mets 1

Red Sox 7, Royals 1

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 4

Yankees 8, Twins 1

Giants 0, Astros 6

Orioles 3, Angels 8

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

Blue Jays 0, Athletics 2

Marlins 3, Padres 4

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.