Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Are we in for another second-half Pirates collapse?

A.J. Burnett allowed five runs — two earned — on 10 hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings Saturday as the Bucs fell 5-4 to the Reds, dropping a second straight game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh is now 0-2 since the All-Star break and 5-9 since the 81-game mark. It’ll be Jeff Locke vs. Homer Bailey in the series finale on Sunday.

The Pirates were in first place in the National League Central on July 25, 2011 before finishing 72-90. They were in first place on July 18, 2012 and then wound up 79-83. Right now they trail the Cardinals by two games and counting.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

Phillies 4, Mets 5

Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Braves 6, White Sox 10

Pirates 4, Reds 5

Tigers 5, Royals 6

Marlins 0, Brewers 6

Indians 2, Twins 3

Mariners 4, Astros 2

Padres 5, Cardinals 3

Dodgers 3, Nationals 1

Cubs 3, Rockies 9

Orioles 7, Rangers 4

Athletics 0, Angels 2

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 4

Justin Masterson is retired and doing missionary work

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Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that pitcher Justin Masterson is retired from baseball and currently doing missionary work, according to his agent Randy Rowley.

Masterson, 33, hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2015, though he had been trying to find work going into the past season but never latched on with a team. He spent 2016 in the Pirates’ minor league system and 2017 at the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Masterson spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, Indians, and Cardinals. Across 258 appearances, 184 of which were starts, the right-hander compiled a 4.31 ERA with 1,004 strikeouts and 498 walks in 1,201 innings of work.