National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Washington|
(Wednesday, April 24th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Yadier Molina drove in two runs with a
bases-loaded single in the first inning, and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals
rode an early outburst to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter each had three hits for the Cardinals, who
swept a three-game road series against the Expos/Nationals for the first time
since Sept. 26-28, 1969 at Montreal.
Jayson Werth clubbed a solo home run for Washington, which, at 10-11, has
fallen below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with an
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (1-4) gave up three runs and three hits in
the opening frame. He settled down to allow two more hits over his final six
innings, but still absorbed his fourth straight loss.
"We had a tough task of going out and beating a tough pitcher," Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny said. "The guys played extremely well."
Carpenter sent Strasburg's second pitch of the game to left field and was
fortunate to be standing at second base. He would have been out had Danny
Espinosa held onto Bryce Harper's throw.
Holliday singled with one out and Carlos Beltran walked before Molina put St.
Louis on the board with a blooper down the right-field line. Daniel Descalso
then hit a chopper to third and Beltran scored when Anthony Rendon made a wide
throw to second.
St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings before the
Nationals scratched out a run in the sixth. Strasburg and Denard Span began
the frame with back-to-back singles before consecutive groundouts by Werth and
Harper produced a run.
After walking Tyler Moore, Joe Kelly replaced Garcia and fanned Ian Desmond to
shut down the first-and-third threat.
The Cardinals went up 4-1 in the eighth as an infield single by Holliday
Werth took Trevor Rosenthal deep to left field in the bottom of the inning,
but the Nationals went down in order in the ninth, with Edward Mujica earning
his fourth save.
"We're not doing the things we're capable of doing. Guys are trying to do too
much," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of his struggling offense.
The Nationals have lost six straight at home ... St. Louis finished its road
trip with a 6-3 record ... Garcia scattered four hits over 5 2/3 innings ...
Strasburg, winless since Opening Day, struck out seven ... Washington was 0-
for-7 with runners in scoring position.
04/24 19:26:34 ET