Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Things are getting very interesting in the NL Wild Card race. While the Reds lost to the Brewers last night, the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-1 for their seventh straight victory.

Ross Ohlendorf, who started in place of the scratched Stephen Strasburg, tossed five innings of one-run ball in the victory. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the ninth time in his last 11 games while Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 24 games. Only Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer has had a longer hitting streak (29 games) in MLB this season.

With the win, the surging Nationals find themselves 4.5 games back of the Reds for the second Wild Card spot with 15 games left to play. They are four back in the loss column.

Your Friday box scores:

Indians 3, White Sox 1

Cubs 5, Pirates 4

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Royals 3, Tigers 6

Yankees 4, Red Sox 8

Padres 4, Braves 3

Athletics 9, Rangers 8

Reds 1, Brewers 5

Rays 3, Twins 0

Mariners 1, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

Angels 7, Astros 9

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 5

Giants 4, Dodgers 2