It’s Saturday, and that means a full slate of MLB goodness. Keep it here as we keep you up to date on the latest happenings around the league.

Final scores

Toronto Blue Jays
Pittsburgh Pirates
2 (box score)

Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
 5 (box score)

Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins
 11 (box score)

Cleveland Indians
Tampa Bay Rays
 0 (box score)

Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets
 1 (box score)

San Francisco Giants
Washington Nationals

Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers

Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
 4 (box score)

Miami Marlins
Colorado Rockies
 3 (box score)

St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves
 5 (box score)

Houston Astros
Texas Rangers

Chicago Cubs
Arizona Diamondbacks

Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics

Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners

San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers

Cardinals win eight straight

Once again, the Cardinals walked away winners Saturday night. They beat the Braves for their eighth consecutive win as they continued their surge up the standings. The game’s big blow was an RBI single by the starting pitcher, Carlos Martinez. Here’s the video:

Trevor Rosenthal made things interesting in the ninth — the Braves had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second when Rosenthal struck out Nick Markakis to end the game — but the closed it out and that’s all that matters. Eight straight victories for the Cardinals.

Pending the outcome of Saturday night’s game between the Cubs and D-Backs, St. Louis could end the night tied for first place in the NL Central. They were 4 1/2 games back as recently as last Saturday. Quite a run for the Cardinals.

Benintendi buries the Yankees

Friday night the Yankees delivered a gut punch to the Red Sox with a dramatic comeback win, though Boston turned the page quickly. They roughed up All-Star and budding Yankees ace
Luis Severino
on Saturday afternoon. 

Luis Severino

/ N.Y. Yankees

IP: 4 1/3
H: 8
R: 10
ER: 8
BB: 2
K: 4

Severino allowed five runs total (three earned) in his first five starts and 32 2/3 innings following the All-Star break before the Red Sox hung a 10-spot on him Saturday. Rookie outfielder
Andrew Benintendi
drove in six of those 10 runs with a pair of three-run home runs.

Here is Benintendi’s second home run, which was an absolute bomb:

Benintendi, who came into the season as the AL Rookie of the Year favorite, has been on an insane hot streak the last week or so. He’s gone 15 for 31 (.484) with three doubles and four home runs in eight games in August.

Rowley wins in debut

You’ve never seen
Chris Rowley
on a prospect list, and you never will. But on Saturday, Rowley made his big-league for the Blue Jays and earned the victory.

Originally a non-drafted free-agent, Rowley signed with the Blue Jays and missed the 2014-15 seasons while serving in the United States Army. He returned to baseball last season, and pitched well enough in the upper-minors this year to get the call.

Rowley doesn’t throw hard — his fastest pitch on the day was clocked in at 90.5 mph, per Statcast — but he threw strikes and mixed in enough sliders and changeups to keep batters off-balance. His slider even netted six of his 11 swinging strikes.

Rowley finished his outing by allowing one run, five hits, and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. He also recorded three strikeouts. 

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