ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Schwarber doubled in a run in his delayed Nationals debut, Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer and Washington beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.
Schwarber, Josh Bell, and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washington’s first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that prompted the postponement of the team’s season-opening series and left the club short-handed.
The Nats ended a five-game skid, while the Cardinals have lost three straight.
Stevenson hit his first homer of the season into St. Louis’ bullpen in right field to lead off the seventh, putting Washington ahead 4-2. The solo shot was just his fourth homer in 221 career at-bats.
By JASON L. YOUNG, Associated Press
Notes: Yadier Molina continued his early hitting surge, slugging a sixth-inning home run to center. Matt Carpenter ended his hitless streak to start this season with a bunt single in the third inning. Nolan Arenado’s nine-game hitting streak to start the season came to an end with an 0-for-4 night and three strikeouts.