National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Washington|
(Sunday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 4, St. Louis 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Danny Espinosa's RBI single during a two-run
seventh inning proved to be the difference as the Washington Nationals escaped
with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a four-game
series on Sunday.
Kurt Suzuki smashed a solo home run and added an RBI base hit, while Ian
Desmond chipped in with a run-scoring single for the NL East-leading
Nationals, who have won four of their last five games.
Espinosa's single made a winner of Ryan Mattheus (5-1), who tossed 1 1/3
innings of relief behind starter Stephen Strasburg. Tyler Clippard picked up
his 29th save of the year with a perfect ninth.
Strasburg pitched six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. He
allowed just two hits in a no-decision.
He is now 3 2/3 innings away from his limit of 160. Once he reaches that
number, he could be shut down by the club for the remainder of the regular
"It's huge," Strasburg said of taking 3-of-4 from the Cardinals. "We want to
protect our park. When teams come in here, we want to make sure we play our
caliber of baseball."
Lance Lynn (13-6) took the loss after surrendering two runs on four hits in
the seventh inning. Daniel Descalso smacked a two-run home run and Tony Cruz
added an RBI double for the defending World Series champs, who lost three of
four in this series.
Michael Morse started the Washington rally in the seventh with a two-out
single to left and Chad Tracy followed with a base hit. Pinch-runner Eury
Perez then stole third and scored on a single up the middle by Desmond to make
it 3-2. Espinosa then hit one back through the box to score Tracy for the two-
Cruz doubled off the wall in left-center field in the eighth to score David
Freese, but Clippard went through Descalso, Skip Schumaker and Jon Jay with
ease in the ninth to finish off the win.
After Allen Craig was thrown out at the plate by Bryce Harper to end the top
of the fourth, the Nats took the lead in the home half when Suzuki got a
sinker from St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook and smoked it over the left-field
Washington extended its lead to 2-0 in the sixth. Desmond started the rally
with a one-out single and moved into scoring position on a base hit to right
field by Espinosa. Suzuki followed and came up clutch again, as he ripped a
line drive back up the middle to score Desmond.
"He's only hitting eighth because they're lineup is so good," Westbrook said
of facing Suzuki. "He's a really good hitter."
After managing just a pair of hits off Strasburg through six innings, the
Cards scored twice against Sean Burnett to tie the game.
Freese and Cruz went down quietly to begin the frame, but Peter Kozma got
things started with what seemed like an innocent base hit. Burnett then left a
fastball up to Descalso, who smashed it over the right-field wall and into the
Washington improved to 81-52 this season, surpassing its win total for all of
2011 ... Westbrook allowed two runs on nine hits with a walk and six
strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings ... Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was a late
scratch from the starting lineup due to a hamstring problem. He was replaced
in the leadoff spot by Roger Bernadina ... St. Louis went 1-for-6 with runners
in scoring position and left seven on base.
09/02 19:36:15 ET