Washington 4, St. Louis 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 2, 2012 1:35 PM
Location - Nationals Park
Temperature - 83°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Clint Fagan,
Attendance - 31096

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 7 1
Washington 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 13 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 72-62 40-26 32-36 L1
Washington 81-52 39-25 42-27 W1

Recap


Nationals 4, Cardinals 3: Ian Desmond snapped a tie with a single in the seventh inning as Washington topped St. Louis to maintain its lead in the National League East at 6 1/2 games.

Desmond lined a two-out single to center off reliever Lance Lynn (13-6), scoring pinch-runner Eury Perez from third to put Washington ahead. Danny Espinosa followed with a single to center, scoring Chad Tracy and giving the Nationals a 4-2 advantage.

St. Louis trailed 2-0 before Daniel Descalso hit his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot to right in the seventh off reliever Sean Burnett to tie the game. Washington reliever Ryan Mattheus (5-1) got the victory in relief of starter Stephen Strasburg, who allowed two hits and struck out nine in six shutout innings.

Espinosa finished with three hits. Desmond, Tracy, Michael Morse and Kurt Suzuki had two hits each. Suzuki hit a solo homer in the fourth to put Washington ahead 1-0, then singled in the sixth to plate Desmond.

St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts. The Cardinals scored in the eighth on Tony Cruz’s double to pull within 4-3, but saw their lead for the second NL wild-card spot shaved to a half game over Los Angeles and 1.5 games over Pittsburgh.

Tyler Clippard pitched the ninth for his 29th save for Washington, which held a seven-game lead over Atlanta until the Braves rallied in the ninth inning to beat Philadelphia later Sunday.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Strasburg is now at 156 1/3 innings for the season. The Nationals plan to shut down the ace right-hander, who now ranks third in the majors in strikeouts with 195, at some point in September. … Washington scratched OF Jayson Werth with a hamstring injury. … St. Louis C Yadier Molina did not start. … The Cardinals host the Mets starting Monday, while the Nationals host the Cubs.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Washington
Jake Westbrook Player Stephen Strasburg
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.1 IP 6.0
6 Strikeouts 9
9 Hits 2
3.38 ERA 0.00
Hitting
St. Louis   Washington
Matt Holliday Player Danny Espinosa
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 7 1 13 .200 9 11 3 1 0 1
Washington 13 1 16 .361 12 7 4 1 1 2

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play their next game at home against Chi. Cubs. The Nationals have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .585 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against NY Mets. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .532 after a loss.