St. Louis Cardinals Colby Rasmus and Washington Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez watch a ball go to the wall for a two RBI single in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 20, 2011. Washington won the game 8-6. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook gave up five hits and two walks and six runs in the third, and the Nationals held on for an 8-6 victory despite the Cardinals rallying to have the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh inning, but the Cards couldn’t complete the comeback.

Westbrook has an ERA Westbrook of 9.82 ERA. He has 14 walks against 10 strikeouts on the year and has allowed 30 hits in 18.1 innings.

Cardinals batters went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and hit into four double plays on the afternoon. Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus each hit solo home runs.