Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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John Lackey tossed seven scoreless innings last night as the Cardinals topped the Dodgers 3-0 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Lackey gave up just five hits — all of them singles — while striking out nine batters and walking just one. Pitching at the major league minimum salary this season, the veteran right-hander been quite the bargain for St. Louis. He now has a 2.83 ERA and 47/17 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings over his first 10 starts this season. As for Boston’s haul in that trade last July, well, let’s not rub any salt in those wounds.

Despite all the doom and gloom after losing ace Adam Wainwright to a torn Achilles, the Cardinals own the best record in baseball at 32-16 as well as the largest division lead. As for the Dodgers, they have lost back-to-back games and are now a half-game back of the Giants in the National League West.

Your Friday box scores:

Dodgers 0, Cardinals 3

Royals 8, Cubs 4

Rays 1, Orioles 2

Rockies 4, Phillies 1

Red Sox 4, Rangers 7

Nationals 2, Reds 5

Blue Jays 6, Twins 4

Marlins 4, Mets 3

White Sox 6, Astros 3 (11 innings)

Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 5

Tigers 0, Angels 2

Yankees 2, Athletics 6

Pirates 2, Padres 6

Indians 1, Mariners 2

Braves 2, Giants 4