Werth's bat, Ross' arm lead Nationals past Cardinals

5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:50:20 PM CDT in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jayson Werth's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning and Joe Ross had another stingy outing for the Washington Nationals in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Ross (3-0) allowed one run on six hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 0.79. He has given up only two runs in 22 2/3 innings.

Werth added an RBI single in the eighth, his fifth in the first two games of a weekend series and 10th of the year. Washington goes for a sweep Sunday after raising its record to 8-24 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.

Opponents had been 2 for 13 with no runs in the first against Jaime Garcia (1-2) before the Nationals jumped on the lefty for four runs on three hits. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single before Werth hit his fourth over the left-field wall.

Garcia struck out six and walked three in 6 1/3 innings.

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