Harper, Nats steamroll CardsAug 31, 2012 - 5:25 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper finished with a two-run home run and drove in three, as the Washington Nationals pounded the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-1, in the opener of a four-game series.
Jayson Werth added two hits, including a solo homer, two RBI and scored three times for the Nationals, who have won two in a row to erase the memory of a five-game skid. Jesus Flores also knocked in two for the NL East leaders.
"I don't think any of us were panicking or upset about anything," Werth said.
Edwin Jackson (8-9) tossed eight strong innings, scattering four hits and walking two with an unearned run while fanning 10.
Jaime Garcia (3-6) lasted just 5 1/3 frames, charged with nine hits and six runs in defeat for the Cardinals, losers of three straight.
"I felt like every mistake I made they took advantage of it," Garcia said.
Harper's two-run shot put the Nats on the board in the first inning, then an Adam LaRoche sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the third pushed the hosts' advantage to 3-0.
Werth's solo blast to start the fifth made it a four-run spread, and in the sixth a Werth fielder's choice grounder with the bases loaded and a Harper base hit increased the lead to 6-0.
Flores added a two-run single with one down and the bases loaded in the seventh to cap the offense for Washington.
The Cardinals' lone run, in the top of the eighth, was helped by an errant throw. Bryan Anderson doubled to start the frame, then scored when Ryan Zimmerman scooped up a Jon Jay grounder at third but threw high to first. It put an end to a 28-inning scoreless string by the defending World Series champs, but was not nearly enough.
Mike Gonzalez retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the easy victory.
Jackson posted his seventh career start with 10-or-more strikeouts ... His punch-out of Cards outfielder Matt Holliday in the fifth inning was the 1,069th for Washington pitchers this season, establishing a new franchise record ... St. Louis has failed to score an earned run in three straight games.
- ST. LOUIS: 1
Aug 30 10:08 PM
- Jon Jay reached second on Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error scoring Bryan Anderson. Runner on second with none out and Carlos Beltran due up.
Cardinals 1, Nationals 8 Top 8, 0 OutsAug 30 9:48 PM
- Edwin Jackson struck out looking. Runners on first and second and with two outs and Jayson Werth due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 8 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 30 9:37 PM
- Bryce Harper singled to center scoring Jesus Flores. On the play, Jayson Werth advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 6 Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 30 9:07 PM
- Jayson Werth's fielder's choice, short to second scored Danny Espinosa. Edwin Jackson out at second and Jesus Flores advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Bryce Harper due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 5 Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 30 9:03 PM
- Jayson Werth lead-off Home Run (4) to left center. Bryce Harper due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 4 Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 30 8:39 PM
- Adam LaRoche sacrifice fly to right scoreing Jayson Werth. On the play, Ryan Zimmerman advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Ian Desmond due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 3 Bot 3, 2 OutsAug 30 8:14 PM
- Bryce Harper none-out, two-run Home Run (15) to right scored Jayson Werth. Ryan Zimmerman due up.
Cardinals 0, Nationals 2 Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 30 7:20 PM
- ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 30 7:07 PM
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