Game Log: Cardinals ride big seventh inning, win 4-1 against Nat -

Game Log: Cardinals ride big seventh inning, win 4-1 against Nationals

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
By John Bailey By John Bailey
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- A brisk eighth inning brought Trevor Rosenthal in chasing his 19th save. After walking the leadoff man, he set the next man down on strikes before getting a game-ending double play. 

With the win, the Cardinals now hold the Wild Card edge against the Nationals. 

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While the Cardinals dodged trouble in the top half, it found the Nationals in the bottom half. 

Matt Adams stepped to the dish to lead off the inning, and deposited a 3-1 pitch into the bullpen in right field for his fifth home run. Two outs followed before Jon Jay picked up a single on a shot of first baseman Adam LaRoche's mitt. 

He took second on a wild pitch and Matt Carpenter followed with a walk. 

Drew Storen came in to face Mark Ellis, drilling him in the side with the first pitch to load the bases. Matt Holliday followed and drew a walk of his own, scoring Jay and giving the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. 

Allen Craig pulled a magician's escape when he tapped a ball softly to the third base side, as no one could pick it up in time to make a play. It scored another run and went in the book as an RBI infield single. 

It would be the final runer plated by the Cardinals, though they batted around in the inning. 

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Shelby Miller took a strong outing into the sixth, but ran into trouble with two outs and a man on. 

After giving up a lead off single, Miller downed the next two Washington hitters with a strikeout. 

He fell behind Jose Lobaton 2-0 before walking him with a full count, then got pitcher Stephen Strasburg down 1-2 and handed him a free pass as well. 

The second walk loaded the bases, and brought in Randy Choate to face the left-handed hitting Denard Span. 

He tossed one pitch, a ground out, and the threat was over. 

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The Cardinals attacked again in the sixth, but were undone by a baserunning blunder. Mark Ellis hit a ground-rule double with one out for the fourth Cardinal hit, but ran into an out when Matt Holliday grounded to short. 

Ellis took off for third, but the ball was hit too hard, and Ian Desmond easily threw to the bag to catch him for the second out. 

One hitter later, Allen Craig singled into center.

A wild pitched moved runners to second and third, but Yadier Molina's shot to third was snared by Anthony Rendon and fired to first to end the inning.

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After Stephen Strasburg set the Cardinals down in order through 2.2 innings, Shelby Miller broke the spell with a double into right field. 

Matt Carpenter followed his example one hitter later, ripping a two-strike single into center to score Miller. 

As the ball sailed home, Carpenter attempted to take second, but was gunned down at the bag to end the inning. 

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Shelby Miller's previous domination of the Nationals didn't deter them Saturday, as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. 

After a one-out single by Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth doubled into right. Rendon was running the As Allen Craig picked up the ball, he rounded third and beat the throw. 

Adam LaRoche would strike out and Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to end the inning, but the Nationals took a 1-0 to open the contest. 

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