September 1, 2015

Cards take first game of home stand from Nats, 8-5

ST. LOUIS--BUSCH STADIUM--Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta combined to go 4-for-7 with four runs and three RBI in the St. Louis Cardinals' home stand and series opener 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals Monday.

Disregarding the pitching spot in the lineup, the entire Cards' lineup had hits, five of them with two each, including Peralta, Heyward, Brandon Moss, Kolten Wong, and Mark Reynolds.

Cards' starter John Lackey struggled through six innings, but only gave up two runs, one earned. Lackey got no decision.

Kevin Siegrist pitched the seventh, in which he gave up three runs, losing a 3-2 lead when he gave up three earned runs. With St. Louis now down 5-3, Siegrist got hit up with his fourth blown save.

But the Cards' offense bailed Siegrist out, putting up a very crooked 5-spot in the bottom of the frame, retaking the lead at 8-5, giving Siegrist (6-1) a chance to earn a win, which is how things ended up.

Steve Cishek (H-5) helped make sure of the St. Louis victory by shutting down the Nats in the eighth, followed by a successful closing by Trevor Rosenthal (S-42), who is just back from paternity leave.

Of the Cardinals' 13 hits, Heyward was the only one with an extra basehit, a double.

The Cardinals continue there three-game series with the Nationals today.