Nats use 19 Hits to Take Series Opener vs. Cards

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nats used 19 hits and a seven run eighth inning to beat the Cardinals 14-6 in the first game of a three game series Monday night. There were no homers in this game. With five lead changes the eighth inning was the one that proved to be the difference. Nationals manager Dusty Baker picked up his 1,770th win, moving him to 16th place on the all-time wins list. Bryce Harper went 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs driven in.

Adam Eaton got three hits and drove in two runs. Stephen Drew went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Harper drove in the first run of the game with a single that scored Eaton in the first. After the Cardinals took the lead in the second, Eaton tied it with a base hit into center that scored Drew. The Cardinals retook the lead in the next inning and once again Eaton tied it with a single into right field that scored Matt Wieters. In the fifth, the Cardinals jumped out to a 5-3 lead until the Nats answered in the bottom frame. Drew smacked a double to right field that scored Ryan Zimmerman. Wieters would later deliver a single into left field that scored Jayson Werth and Eaton would hit a sacrifice fly that scored Drew. That gave the Nats the lead for good. Drew had an RBI sac fly in the sixth that scored Harper and in the eighth the Nats broke the game wide open with seven runs. Drew singled to score Harper and Zimmerman. Adam Lind would soon follow with a double that scored Werth and Drew. Anthony Rendon grounded out in a fielder’s choice that sent home Wieters. Harper rounded out the Nats scoring with a single that scored Lind and Eaton.

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