Nats lead Cardinals 5-4 (Nationals win 8-4)

VIERA, Fla. - Matt Purke entered the game in the fourth inning after right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was taken out by manager Davey Johnson.

Zimmermann allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The Nationals’ offense brought their sticks against the Cardinals today, though. The Nationals lead the Cardinals 5-4 after an Ian Desmond single to right that scored Roger Bernadina.

Jesus Flores provided a home run in the second inning and Michael Morse hit an RBI double in the first inning.

The wind here is blowing out to right field, which aided the Flores home run. Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer in the third for the Nats.

The Nats’ defense has turned two double plays.

Update: The Nationals defeated the Cardinals 8-4.