Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Exactly 11 weeks into the 2013 regular season, the Cardinals are the best team in the major leagues.

St. Louis was at it again Saturday evening in Miami, surviving a shaky Lance Lynn start with a big night of offense to beat the Marlins 13-7 at their own place. Carlos Beltran slugged his 15th and 16th homers of the year. A .283/.359/.498 career hitter, he is batting .311/.343/.546 in 61 games this season at age 36 and he’s on pace for 38 homers and 105 RBI.

David Freese went 3-for-4 with a home run. He’s batting .341 with an .898 OPS since the beginning of May. Yadier Molina was 2-for-5 with three RBI and is still pacing the National League with a .352 overall batting average — impressive offensive output from the best defensive catcher in baseball.

The Cardinals are 44-24 with a +107 run differential and the Pirates and Reds both lost on Saturday so their lead in the National League Central standings has grown to 3 1/2 games.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Cubs 5, Mets 2

Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1

Giants 5, Braves 6

Dodgers 5, Pirates 3 (11 innings)

Brewers 6, Reds 0

Phillies 5, Rockies 10

Cardinals 13, Marlins 7

Royals 3, Rays 5

Yankees 2, Angels 6

Nationals 7, Indians 6

Tigers 3, Twins 6

Mariners 4, Athletics 0

White Sox 3, Astros 4

Diamondbacks 4, Padres 6

Christian Yelich homers to bring the National League one run closer in the eighth

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We entered the bottom of the eighth with the Americans leading the Nationals 5-2, and Charlie Morton on the hill. He got Joe Votto to ground out to second but he wasn’t so lucky when the Brewers’ Christian Yelich came to the plate: Yelich homered, again to left field, to bring the National League one run closer, 5-3.

After that Morton got both Charlie Blackmon and Lorenzo Cain to strike out, ending the inning.

We head to the top of the ninth, the American League still in the lead.