Molina's grand slam locked up the victory, as
the Cardinals were holding onto a 7-5 lead before he belted his
shot off of Sammy Solis.
Ozuna went deep for a solo shot in the sixth inning to snap a
4-4 tie and put the Cardinals in front to stay. Paul DeJong
immediately followed with a homer, and one batter later, Patrick
St. Louis finished with 10 hits -- five singles and the five
The teams have split the first two games of this series. Tyron
Ross (8-9), the brother of Washington's Joe Ross, earned the
victory in relief in a game that lasted 4 hours, 10 minutes.
Cardinals starter John Gant went 4 1/3 innings and gave up three
runs (all unearned) on just two hits. He walked five while
striking out two.
Starter Erick Fedde came off the disabled list and went five
innings for the Nationals, giving up four runs on four hits with
two walks and seven strikeouts. Austen Williams (0-1) took the
loss in just his second major league game, allowing all three
sixth-inning homers while retiring just two batters.
St. Louis took the lead first with a four-run second inning.
Ozuna made it 1-0 with a solo homer, and Matt Carpenter hit a
two-run single with the bases loaded -- with the Cardinals
coming up with a third run on the play thanks to right fielder
Adam Eaton's error.
The Nationals got all four runs back in the fifth. They loaded
the bases with two outs, and Tyler Webb walked Trea Turner
before Bryce Harper followed with a two-run, ground-rule double.
Two batters later, Webb gave up his second bases-loaded walk,
this one to Juan Soto, and it tied the game at 4-4. The
Cardinals then came up with their three-homer sixth before
Wilmer Difo golfed a homer for the Nationals in the bottom of
the inning to make it 7-5.
After the grand slam, the Nationals answered with three in the
bottom of the ninth, two coming on a Ryan Zimmerman double that
made it 11-8, before Jordan Hicks came on for the last out to
record his sixth save.
--Field Level Media
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