Edwin Jackson made the Cardinals look foolish, striking out ten in eight innings as the Nationals’ pitcher was backed with plenty of offense in Washington’s 8-1 win.

The Cardinals streak of 28 scoreless innings came to an end when Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error led to an unearned run. The last time the Cardinals went three straight games without scoring a earned was back in the 1992 season.

Jaime Garcia (3-6) allowed six runs over 5.1 innings for the Cardinals.

More bad news for the club. It looks like Rafael Furcal’s season could be in jeopard. He’ll have an MRI on his elbow today. He has a strained elbow. Furcal described it as “bad,” after the game.

The Cardinals hold a half-game lead over Pittsburgh for the Wild Card.