Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Reds made a bit of history on Friday night against the Cardinals as they won in their final at-bat for the fourth consecutive game to start the season. They’re the first team to do so since 1912. They are a comfortable 4-0 to start the season. The other four NL Central teams have yet to hit two wins. In fact, the Brewers are winless in their first four games.

Despite Joey Votto’s best effort — he hit a pair of two-run home runs off of John Lackey — the Reds entered the bottom of the eighth tied at 4-4. With one out, Billy Hamilton drew a walk and promptly stole second base for his seventh stolen base of the season in as many tries. With first base open, Votto was intentionally walked. Hamilton then advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and Votto stole second base. Todd Frazier lifted a Jordan Walden offering to right field, bringing Hamilton in from third base for the go-ahead run. Aroldis Chapman took the mound in the top of the ninth and worked around a one-out single to earn his second save of the season.

Elsewhere in baseball: the Red Sox outlasted the Yankees in 19 innings; the Tigers finally yielded their first earned run of the season; Mark Buehrle won his 200th career game; Justin Morneau homered for his 1,500th career hit and his Rockies are a surprising 4-0 to start the season.

Your Friday box scores:

Blue Jays 12, Orioles 5

Cubs 1, Rockies 5

Astros 5, Rangers 1

Nationals 1, Phillies 4

Twins 6, White Sox 0

Cardinals 4, Reds 5

Tigers 8, Indians 4

Mets 3, Braves 5

Red Sox 6, Yankees 5 (19 innings)

Pirates 6, Brewers 2

Royals 4, Angels 2

Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)

Mariners 0, Athletics 12

Giants 0, Padres 1

Rays 9, Marlins 10 (10 innings)

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.