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)
The Mets announced a few minutes ago that they have traded Wilmer Font to Toronto for cash considerations.
Font was acquired by the Mets from Tampa Bay for a player to be named later back in early May. That player to be named later was later named: Neraldo Catalina. Catalina is 19 and is playing rookie ball right now. The Mets have now turned him into cash. I suppose we’ll see if that was a good idea in a few years.
As for the Jays, they get a pitcher who posted a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Rays and then started three games and relieved 12 in New York to the tune of a 4.94 ERA. On the season he has a combined K/BB ratio of 42/18 in 45 innings.
He’s an arm. He cost cash. That’s about all I have to say about that.