ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong handed the Washington Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 victory Monday night.
DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs’ David Bote to end a 4-3 defeat.
Matt Carpenter kicked off a wild ending with a three-run go-ahead homer during a four-run eighth inning for St. Louis. It was Carpenter’s 17th homer during a 31-game on-base streak.
Washington tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.
Jedd Gyorko sparked St. Louis’ big eighth inning with a homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Widsom then singled to set up Carpenter’s 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games.
Washington’s bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.
Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for Washington, which has lost five of seven.
Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.
Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.
Jose Martinez had four hits …read more