Suzuki leads Nats past Cardinals in extras

9:12 PM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki's two-run double in the 10th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the second of three games from Busch Stadium.

Washington still holds a four-game lead over Atlanta for the top spot in the National League East, as the Braves won on Saturday. Either a win or Atlanta loss over the final four games will clinch the first division crown for the Nationals since the team moved to the nation's capital.

Michael Morse hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Nationals, who have won three of their last four.

Jordan Zimmerman gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for Washington. Drew Storen (3-1) got the win despite allowing St. Louis to tie the game in the ninth inning.

Peter Kozma went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Jon Jay drove in two for the Cardinals, who had won five of six coming into the game. Kyle Lohse gave up the grand slam and eight hits overall with nine strikeouts in six innings.

St. Louis' lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final wild card spot in the National League has slipped to 2 1/2 games. Los Angeles is in action against Colorado.


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