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Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals scored two runs
after a wild pitch in the seventh inning to 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-
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
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
The Cardinals made three errors and had an eight-game winning streak against
the Nationals snapped.
"Whenever you're going against Gio you have to go out there and match zeroes
with him and he was pitching very well tonight and he got me," said Wacha
(2-1), who gave up five hits and struck out seven in seven innings with no
Gonzalez yielded four hits and a walk. The Cardinals put runners at second and
third base against Tyler Clippard in the eighth before Drew Storen came in to
get two quick outs. Rafael Soriano worked around a walk in the ninth for his
fourth save, getting a double play to end the game.
"Unbelievable job by our pitchers," said Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. "Gio
pitched his butt off."
Wacha picked up his third and fourth strikeouts to start the third inning, but
Rendon lined the next pitch, a 74 mph curve ball, into the visitors bullpen
behind left field for his third homer of the season and a 1-0 Nationals lead.
Gonzalez retired eight in a row before Allen Craig hit a one-out double off
the wall in right field that Jayson Werth had trouble tracking. Later, Werth
slid but couldn't catch Mark Ellis' single in shallow right, scoring Craig to
tie the game for St. Louis.
The game lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes ... The Nationals got just their third
win in their last eight games since starting the season 7-2.