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Nationals vs. Cardinals: St. Louis delays Washington's division win by 10-4 score

Carlos Beltran homered twice and Pete Kozma's hot streak continued to put the St. Louis Cardinals on top Sunday.

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Bryce Harper: still very good at baseball

Bryce Harper hit a home run Sunday against the Cardinals. He's been hitting a lot of them, lately.

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Cardinals look to inch closer to playoff spot

Sunday in St. Louis, the Cardinals look to inch closer to a playoff spot while also preventing their opponent, the Washington Nationals, from clinching a surprising division title.

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Cardinals fall 6-4 to Nationals in extra innings

The St. Louis Cardinals comeback fell short as the Washington Nationals maintained an early lead and prevailed, 6-4, in extra innings on Saturday night.

Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse allowed a grand slam to Michael Morse in the top of the first inning, on a play that was reviewed and overturned to a home run. Lohse would last six innings, striking out nine and walking just one, but those four runs would be enough, as the Cardinals late comeback fell short in the one-run loss.

The Cardinals managed three runs on starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman in the bottom of the 7th, with John Jay tying the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly that scored Pete Kozma.

The Nationals would take a 6-4 lead in the top of the 10th, thanks to a Kurt Suziki two-run double.

Matt Holliday, back in the lineup in the No. 3 spot, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk. Matt Carpenter would leave three on base, going 0-for-4 in the game. Shortstop Pete Kozma was 2-for-3 with two RBIs that came on a double in the seventh.

The rubber match between the Cardinals and Nationals is set to start at 1:15 p.m. CT on Sunday, with Lance Lynn taking the mound against Ross Detwiler.

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Michael Morse reenacts his grand slam

It'd be funnier if Michael Morse and the Nationals didn't get four runs for it.

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Matt Holliday to return to Cardinals lineup

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will be in the Cardinals' lineup against the Washington Nationals on Saturday after leaving Friday's game on a bean ball to the elbow. Holliday will bat third and play left field.

Holliday suffered the injury when he was hit by a wild pitch by Christian Garcia in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 12-2 victory over the Nationals.

Holliday's return was in question even if he was deemed healthy enough to play. With the postseason looming, letting Holliday rest for a day or so would have made plenty of sense but it looks like the Cardinals and Holliday want to keep him in the lineup.

Holliday is currently hitting .292 with 27 home runs and 101 RBI this season.

The Cardinals are trying to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Cardinals currently hold a three-game lead over the Dodgers.

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Why you will always love Lance Berkman

(And why you should follow Derrick Goold on Twitter, among other reasons.)

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Trevor Rosenthal's 101-mile-per-hour fastball

He throws very, very, very hard.

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Holliday listed day-to-day with elbow injury

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is listed as day-to-day after taking a wild pitch off his left elbow. According to B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest, the All-Star suffered a left elbow contusion when he was hit by a Christian Garcia wild pitch in the sixth inning of the Cardinals' 12-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The Cardinals haven't released their line up for Saturday's game vs. the Nationals, so it's unclear if Holliday will miss any time. SB Nation's Dan Moore writes that injury or not, it wouldn't be surprising to see Holliday miss a game here and there as the postseason draws near.

Holliday spent recent weeks mired in a slump and fighting off rumors that he's playing hurt, and this won't do anything to dispel that particular notion. Between the back tightness, his stung elbow, and his Mendoza-minus-the-power line of late it wouldn't be a shock to see him get at least one of these Nationals games off, whether he's healthy or not.

St. Louis is currently three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second NL Wild Card spot. First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT.

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Matt Holliday leaves Cards-Nats after beanball

The St. Louis Cardinals took a 9-1 lead into the sixth inning, but it took a potential Matt Holliday injury for them to consider resting their started in Game 1 of their late-September series with the Washington Nationals. Holliday took a Christian Garcia pitch directly to the elbow—the slow-motion replay was not pleasant—and left the game grimacing in the hands of Cardinals trainers. Shane Robinson replaced him on the base paths—though we don't know yet whether that's Mike Matheny's belated decision to rest the starters or the result of the beanball.

Holliday's spent recent weeks mired in a slump and fighting off rumors that he's playing hurt, and this won't do anything to dispel that particular notion. Between the back tightness, his stung elbow, and his Mendoza-minus-the-power line of late it wouldn't be a shock to see him get at least one of these Nationals games off, whether he's healthy or not.

So: Did Mike Matheny learn his lesson? Well, Adam Wainwright left the game after the inning, but Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran took their places behind Joe Kelly to start the seventh.

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Adam Wainwright's artisanal forkball.

The St. Louis Cardinals' ace is into artisanal pitches now.

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Carlos Beltran back in right field, batting sixth

Both teams are battling for playoff position, the St. Louis Cardinals have not clinched the second wild card spot in the National League but they should as they are three up over the next closest team. The Washington Nationals have clinched a playoff spot and have all but clinched the N.L. East, but as long as they don't lose out they will win the East.

The Cardinals have decided to start Adam Wainwright who is trying to climb above .500, as he is currently 13-13. He will be going up against Edwin Jackson who himself will be looking to get back to .500.

After having Thursday off, the Cardinals are setting up their optimal lineup, and the only change is having Carlos Beltran back in the lineup at right field and he will be batting sixth.

Cardinals lineup:
1. Jon Jay CF
2. Matt Carpenter 3B
3. Matt Holliday LF
4. Allen Craig 1B
5. Yadier Molina C
6. Carlos Beltran RF
7. Daniel Descalso 2B
8. Pete Kozma SS
9. Adam Wainwright P

Nationals lineup:
1. Jayson Werth RF
2. Bryce Harper CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Adam LaRoche 1B
5. Michael Morse LF
6. Ian Desmond SS
7. Danny Espinosa 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki C
9. Edwin Jackson P

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