Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The longest current winning streak in the National League belongs to the 61-59 Arizona Diamondbacks.

With center fielder Chris Young going 4-for-5, right fielder Justin Upton finishing 2-for-6 and second baseman Aaron Hill driving home three, the Snakes cruised to their third straight victory on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, stomping the Astros 12-4.

Young has four extra-base hits and five RBI over his past four games and has lifted his OPS a whole 40 points (from .728 to .768) in just four days. Hill, meanwhile, boasts 15 total homers and 52 total RBI.

The Diamondbacks are 19-16 since the All-Star break — keeping afloat in the National League West.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1

Cubs 3, Reds 5 (Game 1)

Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Pirates 4, Cardinals 5

Orioles 3, Tigers 2

Diamondbacks 12, Astros 4

White Sox 4, Royals 9

Mets 2, Nationals 0

Rays 10, Angels 8

Phillies 4, Brewers 3

Dodgers 6, Braves 2

Cubs 9, Reds 7 (Game 2)

Indians 5, Athletics 8

Marlins 6, Rockies 5

Twins 2, Mariners 3

Giants 8, Padres 7

Mets acquire Brooks Pounders from Indians

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The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.

Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.

In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.