Bryce Harper tied his career high of four hits in one game and reached base in each of his six appearances at the plate as the National League East Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-6 Monday night.
Harper knocked in three runs in his first game with four hits since April of 2013. Stephen Drew, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Eaton each had three hits in a game in which Washington had 19 hits. Washington offset four errors in the game with a seven-run eighth to put the game out of reach.
Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark gave up five runs, with three earned, over his five innings of work to move his record to 2-0. The Washington right-hander was able work around the three errors his defenders committed over his five innings.
St. Louis started Adam Wainwright is now 0-2 on the season. The right-hander gave up 11 hits and six runs in four-plus innings of work.
Stephen Piscotty was back in the Cardinals lineup after sitting out a pair of games with a bad knee. He had two RBIs on the night.
Wainwright pitched to three batters during the fifth inning in which the Nationals scored 3 runs, but did not retire anyone. He exited during the inning after making 96 pitches.
Washington scored 7 runs during the eighth inning. The final two came on a two-out single by Harper.
Harper on his third hit slid at first base on a bunt single during the sixth.
Dusty Baker the manager for the Nationals said his decision that put shortstop Trea Turner on the disabled list with a hamstring strain was easier to make due to the new MLB 10-day DL.
Baker called that decision by MLB one of the best in a long time when it cut down the previous minimum DL of 15 days to just 10 days for injuries that are non-concussion related.
Washington will send Gio Gonzalez to the mound on Tuesday to face the Cardinals. Washington has started the season average by winning 4 of its first 7 games and is tied for first with the New York Mets, a half game in front of the Miami Marlins.
St. Louis is in the NL Central cellar at 2-5, already 2 ½ games behind the first place Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds who are tied at 5-2.