September 3, 2015

Cards nicked by Nats but take series

ST. LOUIS--BUSCH STADIUM--The Washington Nationals edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3, Wednesday night.

Max Scherzer started on the hill for Washington opposite St. Louis's Tyler Lyons, who had just been called up from Memphis for the expanded September rosters.

Both starters went six full innings, the Nats leading 3-2 after their respective departures.

Three of Washington's four runs came off solo homers off of Lyons, Jason Werth hitting one and Ryan Zimmerman claiming the other two.

Zimmerman also claims the game-winning hit, an RBI double to right field in the eighth inning.

Brandon Moss continues to swing a power bat for St. Louis, cracking a solo blast off of Scherzer.

Nats reliever, Rafael Martin (1-0) picked up the win, one of three relievers to work the seventh inning.

Cards' reliever Johnathan Broxton (1-4) suffered the loss.

St. Louis took the series despite the loss, 2-1, and will have a day off before the Pittsburgh Pirates come to St. Louis for a three-game series.

Pittsburgh failed to gain ground on St. Louis in the N.L. Central, losing Wednesday to Milwaukee, 9-4.

The Cardinals are currently in first place, six full games ahead of Pittsburgh.