Piscotty, Cardinals slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2

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Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on May 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Stephen Piscotty #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on May 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

Coming off consecutive ineffective starts, Garcia held Washington to two runs and seven hits over seven innings. The Cardinals had lost four of five.

Scherzer allowed two earned runs in each of his previous three starts including his 20-strikeout gem on May 11 in a victory over Detroit. That version didn’t show early against St. Louis. He walked four batters and allowed five runs, all by the third inning. Scherzer surrendered three hits over seven innings.

Danny Espinosa’s second home run in as many games broke up Garcia’s shutout bid in the fifth.

By BENJAMIN STANDIG, Associated Press