Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Mark down seven straight wins for the Mets, who will try for a four-game Citi Field sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon behind staff ace Matt Harvey.

Jacob deGrom struck out eight batters over seven scoreless innings and catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit his second home run of the season Saturday in a 6-5 defeat of the visiting Fish. The 26-year-old DeGrom has rattled off 18 1/3 scoreless innings since giving up two runs to the Nationals in the first inning of his 2015 debut. And d’Arnaud, a 26-year-old teeming with breakout potential, has nine RBI in 10 games.

The Mets are 9-3 on the young season, which is tied with the 1985 and 1986 teams for the second-best start in franchise history.

The best 12-game record in franchise history belongs to the 2006 squad. They opened at 10-2 and then went on to the National League Championship Series.

Those teams are all legendary to Mets fans.

Your box scores from Saturday …

Braves 5, Blue Jays 6

White Sox 12, Tigers 3

Phillies 5, Nationals 3

Indians 4, Twins 2

Reds 2, Cardinals 5

Padres 6, Cubs 7 (11 innings)

Orioles 4, Red Sox 1

Athletics 5, Royals 0

Brewers 2, Pirates 6

Angels 0, Astros 4

Marlins 4, Mets 5

Yankees 9, Rays 0

Diamondbacks 1, Giants 4

Rangers 1, Mariners 3

Rockies 3, Dodgers 6

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.