Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The first-place Cardinals closed out the first half of 2015 with three straight losses in Pittsburgh, which allowed the Pirates to move their once-gaping deficit in the National League Central standings to just 2 1/2 games. But facing this current Mets offense can do wonders for a struggling team with good pitching.

St. Louis topped New York 3-2 on Friday night behind a very solid outing from Lance Lynn and then rolled to an easy 12-2 rout on Saturday. Randal Grichuk homered twice and collected a career-high six RBI. Jason Heyward tallied five hits, continuing to stay hot after a somewhat sluggish first two months. Starter John Lackey gave up 10 hits but only one run.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has dropped two games in a row in Milwaukee.

The standings gap is back to 4 1/2 games entering play Sunday.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Mariners 4, Yankees 3

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2

Royals 7, White Sox 6 (13 innings)

Dodgers 4, Nationals 2

Marlins 1, Phillies 3

Orioles 3, Tigers 0

Pirates 5, Brewers 8

Cubs 4, Braves 0

Indians 9, Reds 4

Rangers 7, Astros 6

Mets 2, Cardinals 12

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4

Rockies 4, Padres 5

Red Sox 0, Angels 3

Twins 2, Athletics 3 (10 innings)

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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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.