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

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.