Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Nationals keep winning in all sorts of ways.

On Saturday evening in D.C. it was Jayson Werth playing the role of hero with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning following a rain delay of nearly three hours. Corey Brown then iced the victory in the 10th inning on a walkoff RBI single that scored Ian Desmond easily from third base.

Washington now boasts a record of 86-53 with a winning percentage of .619 that ranks first in MLB.

The Nats will try for their 87th victory on Sunday with right-hander Edwin Jackson on the bump vs. Miami.

They currently have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the National League East standings.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Marlins 6, Nationals 7 (10 innings)

Royals 4, White Sox 5

Braves 11, Mets 3

Dodgers 3, Giants 2

Yankees 4, Orioles 5

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Indians 0, Twins 3

Astros 1, Reds 5

Rangers 4, Rays 2 (10 innings)

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5

Tigers 1, Angels 6

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2

Athletics 6, Mariners 1

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.