Jaime Garcia (3-0) won his second straight start by permitting
one run on five hits while striking out six over seven innings to
send the Nationals to their fourth consecutive defeat. Allen Craig
added a pair of hits, including an RBI double, as the Cardinals
improved to 6-1 in their last seven games while yielding a total of
three runs in the six victories.
Danny Espinosa went 2-for-3 and scored for the Nationals, who pushed
across both runs on bases-loaded walks and have scored only four
times during the four-game skid. Doug Fister (5-2) had his
five-start winning streak snapped, giving up four runs on seven hits
over six innings.
Adams continued to torment the Nationals in his third game since
coming off the 15-day disabled list, following Craig's lead single
in the second inning by driving a breaking ball over the bullpen in
right for a 2-0 edge. Holliday added to the lead one inning later
with a 439-foot missile into the seats in center field.
Washington got on the board in the fifth when Garcia issued a
bases-loaded walk to Jayson Werth - his second free pass of the
inning - but the Cardinals answered in their half on Kolten Wong's
leadoff triple and Holliday's sacrifice fly. Holliday drew a two-out
walk off Ross Detwiler in the seventh and scored on Craig's double
into the left-field corner to make it 5-1.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Adams is the first St. Louis player to homer in three
straight games since Carlos Beltran from April 18-20, 2013 - which
came just a week after Adams went deep in three games in a row. ...
Fister's four runs and two walks allowed matched his total from his
three previous starts combined. ... Holliday registered his 998th
and 999th career RBIs for the Cardinals, who continue their 10-game
homestand on Monday with three against the New York Mets while the
Nationals return home to host Houston in a two-game set on Tuesday.
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