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