Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The St. Louis offense awoke with a bang in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s game against the rival Cubs. And what followed was historical.

The Cardinals poured in 12 runs, tying a franchise record set in 1926, before pinch-hitter Tony Cruz struck out swinging to end the frame. They tallied seven doubles in the inning — tying a major league record set in 1936 by the Boston Bees. And they notched a total of eight extra-base hits — becoming the fourth MLB team to ever accomplish that feat.

The Cards are still five games back in the National League Central standings and three games back in the National League Wild Card hunt, but they showed the kind of weapons they have on Saturday at Busch Stadium and should be a team to watch down the stretch.

David Freese finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and is now batting .304 with an .865 OPS on the year. Matt Holliday also drove in two runs. He has a .921 season OPS. Skip Schumaker doubled and tripled.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Braves 4, Nationals 0 (Game 1)

Dodgers 8, Mets 5

Rangers 9, Angels 2

White Sox 1, Tigers 7

Giants 6, Phillies 5 (10 innings)

Orioles 3, Indians 1

Marlins 1, Pirates 5

Braves 2, Nationals 5 (Game 2)

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

Twins 3, Royals 7

Brewers 2, Reds 6

Mariners 2, Rays 1

Cubs 0, Cardinals 12

Astros 3, Diamondbacks 12

Yankees 1, Athletics 2

Rockies 8, Padres 6 (12 innings)

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.