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Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom
of the ninth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win over the St. Louis
Cardinals on Sunday in the finale of a four-game set from Nationals Park.
Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton had three hits apiece for Washington and poked
back-to-back singles with one away in the home half of the ninth off of Seth
Maness (0-1). Nate McLouth then stepped in as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk
to load the bags for Span, who fouled off four pitches before plating Espinosa
with his lineout to left.
Rafael Soriano (1-0) pitched a perfect top of the ninth to each his first win
of the season.
The Nationals were winners despite hitting just 2-for-12 with runners in
scoring position and leaving 17 men on base.
The Cardinals went up 1-0 in the second inning when Jhonny Peralta's double-
play grounder allowed Matt Adams, who doubled to lead off the frame, to score
without a throw.
The score stayed that way until the fifth. Washington starter Stephen
Strasburg struck out Peralta and Mark Ellis to start the inning but walked
Peter Bourjos and allowed his counterpart Shelby Miller to drive in a run with
a double to deep left.
Strasburg fanned nine in six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while
Miller struck out seven and kept Washington scoreless over 5 1/3 innings.
Miller had trouble with his command, however, walking five batters.
Miller walked the bases loaded in the third inning but struck out Adam LaRoche
to end the threat. He had a no-hitter until the fourth, when Espinosa broke it
up with two outs with a single to right.
Carlos Martinez took the hill in the bottom of the seventh for St. Louis and
lost the lead after surrendering four consecutive singles. LaRoche got things
started with a one-out single to center, Anthony Rendon followed with another
single to center and Ian Desmond put the Nats on the board with a slap to
right. Espinosa's RBI single made it 2-2.
Both teams won two games in the series ... Adams had two hits for the
Cardinals, who close out an 11-game road trip when they travel to Citi Field
Monday for a four-game set with the Mets ... The Nationals host the LA Angels
in an interleague series starting Monday.