Cardinals Take Series Finale Over Nationals

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By Michael Marzzacco

Max Scherzer had a solid outing with 10 struck outs but it wasn’t enough. A frustrating afternoon at the plate contributed to the Nationals being unable to complete the three-game sweep as the Cardinals won 6-1. The Nats had six runners left on base. In the seventh, trailing 3-0 with two outs, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman got on base. Jayson Werth had a chance to drive in the runs or potentially tie it with a home run but he struck out looking.

In the eighth, there was another golden opportunity. Wilmer Difo and Adam Lind got on base. Adam Eaton would follow with a single into left field that scored Difo for their first (and eventually only) run of the day. Anthony Rendon grounded into a fielder’s choice at second. That would send Bryce Harper to the plate with runners on the corners but Harper lined out to third baseman Jedd Gyorko.

In the ninth, the Cardinals put the game away with a three-run homer by Stephen Piscotty off Joe Blanton.

The Nationals will begin a three-game weekend series with the Phillies on Friday at 4:05 p.m. from Nats Park.

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