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Sloppy 7th helps Nats top Cards

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals scored two runs on a wild pitch in the seventh inning and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Friday night.

The Nationals were the beneficiaries of sloppy play one day after making four errors and being two-hit by Adam Wainwright in an 8-0 loss to open the four- game series.

Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer for Washington and Gio Gonzalez (3-1) struck out seven batters in seven innings, but it was the poor play by St. Louis in the seventh that got the Nationals the win.

They loaded the bases with no outs after Cardinals starter Michael Wacha fielded Danny Espinosa's bunt and tried to get the lead runner at third, but his hard throw went off Matt Carpenter's glove for an error on the third baseman.

The two runs scored with two outs when Yadier Molina scrambled for Wacha's wild pitch and hurried a throw to his pitcher that skipped into the Cardinals dugout.

04/18 21:58:32 ET