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Adams homers again as Cards complete sweep of Nats

Coverage of today's Cards and Mets game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:35pm.


St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jaime Garcia tossed seven solid innings, Matt  Adams hit  his third homer in  as many games and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Washington Nationals, 5-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

Garcia  (3-0) allowed one  run on five hits while striking out six and walking two  for  the Cardinals, who have  won six of  seven. Matt Holliday hit a solo homer and ended with two RBI.

"We  know the type  of team that we are and the past couple days is definitely the  team that  we know  that we're  capable of,"  Garcia said  of his  team's recent success. "Everything is just clicking together right now."

Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche each knocked in a run for the Nationals, who saw starter  Doug Fister  (5-2) give up four  runs on seven hits over six innings. Fister had won five consecutive starts.

"The  sweep  hurts," Fister  admitted. "You  always want to  win a series. You never want to get swept."

The  Nationals  wasted a  golden  scoring  opportunity  in the  second.  Scott Hairston and Ian Desmond singled and Danny Espinosa was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Hairston was out at home when Sandy Leon grounded into a fielder's choice and Fister struck out swinging.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead on Adams' homer in the bottom half of the frame. Allen  Craig  led off with a  single and crossed  the plate on Adams' blast to right.

Holliday added a solo homer in the third.

Washington  got on the board in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Werth walked to force in a run. Ryan Zimmerman grounded out.

St.  Louis got the run back in the home half. Kolten Wong tripled to right and scored on Holliday's sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals took a 5-1 lead on Craig's RBI double in the seventh.

The  Nationals  scored once  in the  ninth. Sam  Freeman put  men on first and second with two outs before handing the ball over to Trevor Rosenthal. Anthony Rendon greeted Rosenthal with a single to load the bases. LaRoche came on as a pinch-hitter  and  walked to  force in a  run. Werth's pop  foul out ended the game.

                                   Game Notes

Before  Sunday's  game, St.  Louis  purchased  the  contract of  pitcher  Nick Greenwood  from Triple-A  Memphis and  optioned outfielder  Randal Grichuk  to Memphis  ...  Zimmerman played first base  for the Nationals, who went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

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