Danny Espinosa’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th gave the Washington Nationals a sweep over the Cardinals, handing St. Louis their sixth straight loss, 7-4 on Thursday night.
Washington got started in the first inning with back-to-back home runs from Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina off Kyle Lohse, who allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Matt Holliday hit a home run in his first at-bat after missing 13 games while on the DL to make it 2-1, St. Louis tied it at 2-2 in the fourth when Albert Pujols scored on a Yadier Molina ground out.
Washington took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on an RBI double. Laynce Nix led off the bottom of the sixth with his 10th home run. Pujols hit his 16th of the season off Tyler Clippard with two outs in the eighth. Molina led off the ninth with his fourth home run of the year off Drew Storen, who blew his second save in 18 chances.
The Cardinals remain one game behind Milwaukee for the lead in the NL Central, who lost to Chicago.