It was yet another victorious slate of games for the cream of the crop in the National League Central.
The division-leading Cardinals cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the visiting Marlins, with Mark Reynolds slugging a three-run home run and John Lackey pitching into the eighth inning. The second-place Pirates came out on top 5-3 in a 14-inning affair with the Mets, the go-ahead RBI coming from the bat of backup catcher Chris Stewart. And the third-place Cubs took care of the crosstown White Sox by a score of 6-3 for their ninth straight win. That’s the longest current winning streak in the major leagues and it has given the Northsiders a big 4 1/2 game cushion for the second National League Wild Card spot.
All three of those NL Central clubs are currently locked into postseason spots.
And they will all be looking to complete series sweeps on Sunday.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1
Mariners 10, Red Sox 22
Athletics 3, Orioles 4
Cubs 6, White Sox 3
Angels 4, Royals 9
Phillies 2, Brewers 4
Indians 1, Twins 4
Diamondbacks 8, Braves 4
Tigers 4, Astros 2 (11 innings)
Marlins 2, Cardinals 6
Pirates 5, Mets 3 (14 innings)
Rays 4, Rangers 12
Padres 7, Rockies 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 8
Nationals 6, Giants 12
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.