Nationals in midst of back-and-forth contest (updated, Nats fall)

Update: Nationals can’t complete comeback, fall to Cardinals, 5-3.

If you’re feeling a tad nauseous, it could be this topsy-turvy game we’ve got going on in St. Louis. Every time the Cardinals decide to put some runs on the scoreboard, the Nationals answer right back.

A run in the bottom of the third for the Cards?

How about one for the Nats in the top of the fourth?

Two more for the home team on RBI by Nick Punto and Lance Berkman in the bottom half of the inning?

No matter. Hits from Danny Espinosa and Rick Ankiel tie the game, 3-3.

We’re in the fifth inning now and St. Louis has climbed back into the lead, as hits from Berkman and Yadier Molina have the Cards on top once again, 5-3.

Jordan Zimmermann’s pitch count is into the 80s, but his fastball is still moving at 93. He’s through five innings, but will need his hitters to match the Cardinals one more time if he wants a shot at the victory.