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Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals - a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries - the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to record his first out. He began by allowing a double to Jon Jay, a hard-hit liner off the Geico sign in right field. Jay took eight pitches before getting hold of a 81 mile per hour changeup.
There's a simple reason St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha felt comfortable putting a changeup in the ground with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a tie game.
The Nationals committed four errors on Thursday night, and now lead the majors with 20 as a team through 16 games.
Anthony Rendon homers and Drew Storen escapes a second-and-third threat in the eighth inning to help Washington secure a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. That snapped an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis dating to the 2012 playoff loss at Nationals Park.
In an 8-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, the Nationals committed four errors. Shortstop Ian Desmond had two. Right fielder Jayson Werth lost a ball in the lights at Nationals Park. The Cardinals didn't need the help as ace Adam Wainwright threw a complete-game shutout.
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Coming off a series win over the Marlins, the Nationals now return home for an 11-game homestand beginning with four against the defending NL champion Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday may prove more costly than one defeat in the NL Central standings.
The defense is just fine and the pitching is still there for the Brewers.