Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central.

Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly while John Axford was victorious in his return to Milwaukee. Aramis Ramirez drove in five runs in a losing effort.

The Pirates imploded and lost to the Reds in 10 innings last night, so the Cardinals are now two games up in the division with eight to play. Their magic number sits at seven.

Your Friday box scores:

Braves 9, Cubs 5

Astros 1, Indians 2 (7 innings)

Reds 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)

White Sox 5, Tigers 12

Marlins 0, Nationals 8

Orioles 4, Rays 5 (18 innings)

Mets 6, Phillies 4

Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 6

Giants 1, Yankees 5

Rangers 1, Royals 2

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 9

Mariners 2, Angels 3 (11 innings)

Twins 0, Athletics 11

Dodgers 0, Padres 2

Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.