Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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There’s apparently no stoppin’ the mighty Redlegs.

Backed by Todd Frazier’s timely hitting and another outstanding performance by the National League’s top bullpen, Cincinnati rolled to its fifth consecutive victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

Joey Votto has been sidelined since July 15 due to knee surgery and Brandon Phillips hasn’t started a game in the month of August due to a left calf strain, but the Reds have now finished victorious in 19 of 22 games since the All-Star break and boast the best overall winning percentage (.617) in Major League Baseball.

Cincy is 5 1/2 games up in the National League Central standings. The Pirates are second and the defending World Series champion Cardinals are currently sitting in third.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Mariners 1, Yankees 0

Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1 (11 innings)

Rangers 4, Royals 2

Indians 1, Tigers 6

Marlins 7, Nationals 10

Diamondbacks 0, Phillies 3

Twins 6, Red Sox 4

Angels 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings)

Astros 3, Braves 2

Pirates 4, Reds 5

Orioles 4, Rays 0

Brewers 1, Cardinals 6

Giants 11, Rockies 6

Mets 6, Padres 2

Cubs 1, Dodgers 3

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.