Bullpen woes lead to crushing 8-5 loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - The road to the playoffs took a gloomy turn for the Nationals in the seventh inning of Monday's 8-5 loss to the Cardinals. "It's a tough one," Nationals manager Matt Williams said three different times after the game. The Nationals entered the frame trailing by a run and knowing they needed to pull off a win to not lose ground to the ... read more

Nats fall 8-5 after blowing late lead

ST. LOUIS - With two outs in the first, Kolten Wong misplayed a grounder, allowing Bryce Harper to reach safely on the error. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a double sliced down the right field line. With Stephen Piscotty dealing with the carom off the corner of the wall, Nationals third base coach Bob Henley aggressively waved the hustling Harper around. As the relay throw reached ... read more

Nationals game blog: Nats face tall test with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS - Fighting for their playoff lives, the Nationals are set to begin a three-game set against the National League Central division-leading Cardinals, owners of the best record in the majors. Gio Gonzalez is 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in his last three starts, but the left-hander holds a 2-1 career mark against the Cardinals with a 0.93 ERA in four starts. The Cardinals ... read more

Matt Williams updates the latest on Stephen Strasburg

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals decided to rest Stephen Strasburg a day after the right-hander's start was ended prematurely by upper back stiffness. "He's not gonna throw today," manager Matt Williams said before tonight's game. "We'll let the medication kick in a little bit and see how he is tomorrow. As of right now, we don't have an update because he just hasn't thrown a ... read more

Jayson Werth leads Nats into St. Louis, Yunel Escobar returns (with lineups)

ST. LOUIS - The Nationals enter tonight's game against the Cardinals as winners of eight of their last 12 games, backed by an offense that has scored 71 runs over the stretch, second best in the National League. Jayson Werth continues his success in the leadoff spot. In 10 games since moving to the top of the order, Werth is slashing .325/.413/.650 with two homers, ... read more

Nationals set to open crucial series in St. Louis

Trailing the Mets by 5 1/2 games, the Nationals are set to open a crucial three-game series in St. Louis while New York prepares to host the last place Phillies. Yesterday's 7-4 win over the Marlins secured the Nats' fourth consecutive series win since Aug. 18, yet they've actually lost a game in the standings to the red-hot Mets over the stretch. "We got a ... read more

Back tightness derails Stephen Strasburg's start in Nats' 7-4 win

The frustrations of Stephen Strasburg's season continued again today as the right-hander was forced to leave a 7-4 win over the Marlins with recurring back discomfort after throwing just 60 pitches over four innings. "It's just a little bit of back tightness," Strasburg said. "It's something that I kind of dealt with in the middle of the year. It's got some sort of little ball ... read more

Werth homers, drives in three as Nats beat Marlins 7-4

Dee Gordon dropped a bunt down the third base line on Stephen Strasburg's second pitch of the afternoon, reaching on a leadoff single. Ichiro Suzuki then ripped Strasburg's next offering into right field for a double, giving the Marlins runners at second and third. After getting Martin Prado to pop out to Ryan Zimmerman, it appeared Strasburg had a chance to battle his way out ... read more