The Nationals doubled up the Cardinals, 2-1 in Washington, DC to open a 4-game series Thursday night at Nationals Park.

 

4th inning - Aledmys Diaz (STL) - 7th HR

6th inning - Bryce Harper (WAS) - 12th HR

7th inning - Danny Espinosa (WAS) - 4th HR

 

Mike Leake - LP (3-4) - 7-IP, 2-R

Joe Ross - WP (4-4) - 7-IP, 1-R

 

Cards manager Mike Matheny on Mike Leake's performance:

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The Cards dropped to 24-and-24 with the loss.  The Nationals improved to 29-and-19.  Game two of the series will be played tonight (Friday) at 6:05 pm. 

 

Friday night's starters:

Jaime Garcia (3-4) STL

Max Scherzer (5-3) WAS

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STL @ WAS - Sat - 6:15 pm

STL @ WAS - Sun - 12:35 pm