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26-24, 3rd in NL Cent
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Harper goes deep, but Cardinals get the win (1:17)
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright was delighted to talk about his hitting, which has been impressive this season. After his two-run double off Gio Gonzalez in the second inning Saturday, he leads all MLB pitchers -- even Madison Bumgarner -- with five extra-base hits this season. Wainwright also is the active leader among pitchers in hits (109) and doubles (29).

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Holliday belts home run to right center (0:19)
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Harper slams batting helmet after flyout (0:13)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake have been exchanging trash talk about their hitting since the team's Winter Warmup fan event in January. They wouldn't reveal the stakes, but they also have something riding on who finishes the season with superior numbers. Wainwright figures to collect on that wager as Leake is just 2-for-17 with a double. Wainwright, meanwhile, hit his third double, driving in two runs, in the second inning off Gio Gonzalez. He also has a triple and a home run and is 5-for-17 overall.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Carpenter's daughter, Kinley, was born at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, right about the time Jake Arrieta was coming out of his start at Busch Stadium. Carpenter said he didn't have to text Arrieta to let his former TCU teammate know he wasn't ducking him when he was not in the Cardinals' lineup that day. "He knew," Carpenter said. "He actually texted me at the hospital when he heard the news." Carpenter returned from the paternity list and was starting at first base Saturday in Washington. Moving around between third, second and first base could become commonplace for Carpenter when Jhonny Peralta returns from his minor-league rehabilitation assignment, perhaps as early as late next week. "You can just see how it's falling out. Jhonny's going to come back and decisions are going to have to be made," Carpenter said. "I give them some flexibility."

Lineup: Cardinals (25-24) at Nationals (29-20)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 1B (L)
  • 2. Aledmys Diaz, SS (R)
  • 3. Matt Holliday, LF (R)
  • 4. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 5. Randal Grichuk, CF (R)
  • 6. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 7. Jedd Gyorko, 2B (R)
  • 8. Greg Garcia, 3B (L)
  • 9. Adam Wainwright, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

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Is luck behind Adams' improvement?

Despite a slow start, Matt Adams has hit the ball better than ever this season. Is the slugger getting lucky, or is his breakout for real? FiveThirtyEight takes a look at the numbers. Hitting hard, or into hard luck?

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Piscotty slam filled with firsts

Not only was Stephen Piscotty's grand slam on Friday the first of his career, it was the first that Nationals ace Max Scherzer has served up since 2010, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals badly needed some semblance of order in their starting rotation and Mike Leake and Jaime Garcia gave it to them on back to back nights in Washington. Garcia talks about the adjustment he made from his previous start, one of the worst of his career and the lack of intent when he threw two pitches up around the heads of Washington batters, causing umpire Alan Porter to warn the benches:

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Piscotty, Cardinals slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2

Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted the Washington Nationals lineup as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-2 on Friday night.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't too happy after umpire Alan Porter issued warnings following a brush-back pitch from Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Nationals' Ben Revere in the fifth inning. That pitch came an inning after Garcia hit Daniel Murphy in the upper part of his left shoulder with a pitch and immediately after Danny Espinosa took Garcia deep. Porter apparently thought there was intent.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals are in the midst of a rash of short outings by their starters, which is why Jaime Garcia's rough start to Friday's game must have sent some ripples of anxiety through the dugout. Garcia, who had gone 7 1/3 innings combined in his past two starts, started out allowing base hits to Ben Revere and Jayson Werth. But he got a sharply hit ground ball from Bryce Harper for a double play and another grounder to get out of the first inning unscathed. The Cardinals, stuck at .500, desperately need their starting pitching to improve.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Adams, who left Thursday's game with back spasms, said he felt better today and expects to be available as a pinch hitter.

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107-year-old dances at her first baseball game (0:42)
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Young sluggers reward Cardinals' patience

Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk both persevered through early slumps and reductions in playing time to become critical pieces of the Cardinals' offense.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals hottest hitter, Matt Adams, had to leave Thursday night's game in Washington with what the team described as mid-back stiffness. He will be re-evaluated on Friday. Adams is batting .383 with a .700 slugging percentage since April 28 and essentially seized the everyday job at first base in a competition with Brandon Moss.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time infielder Greg Garcia got optioned to Triple-A, he was batting .600 -- albeit in 10 at-bats -- so he knows there are no guarantees when you have options on a team in which few players do. In fact, the Cardinals told him he likely will be headed back to re-join their Memphis affiliate when Matt Carpenter comes off the paternity list before Saturday's game. Though it required a long flight from Salt Lake City for two days in the nation's capital, Garcia will take it. "Any time you're called to the big leagues, you're not going to complain," he said.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs2652nd
Batting Average.2648th
On Base Percentage.3374th
Slugging Percentage.4562nd
Earned Run Average4.1920th
Quality Starts24Tied-12th
WHIP1.2913th
BAA.25015th

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