The Cardinals lost a hard fought game to the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Sunday to complete a 4-6 road trip. Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched six shutout innings while striking out nine Cardinals. He left the game with a 2-0 lead.
But in the 7th inning. Daniel Descalso tied the game with a two run home run off Nats relief pitcher Sean Burnett. But Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn failed in the Nationals half of the 7th inning, allowing two runs, giving Washington the lead back at 4-2. Tony Cruz delivered an RBI double to cut the Nats lead to 4-3. But that’s as close as the Redbirds would get.
Washington won three of the four games in this series. The Cardinals now stand nine and a half games back of the Reds for first place in the National League Central division race. In the NL Wild Card race, the Cardinals lead is down to just a half game on the Los Angeles Dodgers with the Pittsburgh Pirates sit a game and a half back.
The Cardinals return home for a Labor Day game with the New York Mets. First pitch at Busch Stadium is at 1:15 PM.