The St. Louis Cardinals dropped their series finale vs. the Washington Nationals on Sunday, 4-3. The defeat resulted in a series loss for the Cardinals, as they lost three out of four to the first-place Nationals.
Cards starter Jake Westbrook pitched fairly well, as he was really only beaten by Kurt Suzuki, who homered and hit an RBI single off of the veteran righty in his 5.1 innings of work. Westbrook did scatter nine hits, but he struck out six batters and walked only one on his way to allowing two runs. After reliever Edward Mujica cleaned up for Westbrook to finish up the sixth inning, the Cardinals rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh, as Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer off of Sean Burnett.
Lance Lynn was unable to capitalize on the momentum from Descalso's big hit, as he allowed two runs on consecutive singles from Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Nats had four hits in that frame, and all of them came after Lynn got the first two outs quickly via a double play.
Tony Cruz doubled in a run with two outs in the following inning, but St. Louis stalled from that point on, as Tyler Moore flied out to end the inning and the Cards went down in order in the ninth.