Molina, Miller lead Cardinals past Nationals 3-2

Molina, Miller lead Cardinals past Nationals 3-2

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals collides with Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals at first base after hitting a single in the eighth inning during a game at Nationals Park on April 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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by HOWARD FENDRICH

AP

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 9:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Yadier Molina drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, backing Shelby Miller’s strong start Monday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals returned to the site of their Game 5 NL division series victory last season with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The other big hit for St. Louis was Allen Craig’s two-run double in the third.

Miller (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.

All the Cardinals’ runs came against Dan Haren (1-3), who gave up three runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save. The Cardinals have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games.

Washington has lost seven of 10.

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