Game 45 – Nationals 5, Cardinals 4

On Friday night at Busch, the St. Louis Cardinals and Anthony Reyes fell to the Washington Nationals. The Nats now have one more win this season than the Cards.

Anthony Reyes faced Washington left-hander Micah Bowie. The Cardinals' starter got into trouble in the second, walking former Cardinal Dmitri Young, who scored on Brian Schneider's home run to right. Nook Logan doubled, Bowie singled and Felipe Lopez walked to load the bases. Cristian Guzman's sac fly plated the Nationals' third run.

Albert Pujols collected the Cardinals' second hit and first run in the home fourth as his blast bounced off the top of the wall in left center for a solo home run. Jim Edmonds hit one of his own out to right.

There was a disputed play to start the sixth inning as Ryan Church jumped over Pujols, who was trying to get a handle on the bobbled ball. Pujols argued he had the force and replays showed Church jumped over the bag. Singles by Austin Kearns and Young loaded the bases with no out. Pujols initiated a nice 3-2-3 double play but Reyes' next pitch became Logan's second double of the night, a ground-rule variety worth two RBI. Tony Batista and Felipe Lopez walked to load the bases, signaling the end of Reyes' night at 5 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits and five walks, with his ERA rising to 6.08. Kelvin Jimenez secured a pop out to end the inning.

Pujols and Scott Rolen singled with one down in the sixth against reliever Winston Abreu. Kearns then made a game-saving diving catch on the warning track in right. Instead of a sure two-run double for Edmonds, it became an inning-ending double play.

Miles and pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick singled with one out in the seventh. Off the bat of Eckstein, Miles scored when the potential double play relay to first was bounced. Score: 5-3.

The Cards collected three straight singles, from Pujols, Encarnacion and Rolen, off Jon Rauch in the home eighth. The latter closed the gap to one run, but that is as close as the home team would get. Nats closer Chad Cordero finished off the Cards in the ninth.

Game Notes:

- The Cardinals announced Friday that they will make up the April 29th postponed game with the Cubs as part of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, September 14. The first game will be the make-up game and begin at 1:40 p.m. It will be followed by the regularly-scheduled contest that will be pushed back to a 7:40 p.m. start. The 4/29 tickets are to be used for admission to the 9/14 afternoon game. No exchange is required.

- With the win, the lowly Nationals earned their 20th victory of the season. In comparison, the Cardinals are stuck on 19. Reyes lost his eighth without a win.

- Levale Speigner (1-0, 6.33) faces Brad Thompson (2-1, 4.50) on Saturday at 6:15 P.M. CDT.

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