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Nationals come back again, rally past Cardinals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Jose Vidro picked a good time to start getting clutch hits.

Vidro ended a game of comebacks, lining a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Washington Nationals a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I've missed a lot of chances to contribute to the ballclub," Vidro said. "This has been the biggest hit of the year for me right now."

Vidro had gone 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position before a run-scoring single in the sixth -- his first RBI since July 14. Hitting just 5-for-35 (.149) in his previous 10 games, he sat some while Washington used Bernie Castro, Marlon Anderson and Damian Jackson at second.

"It's good to see anybody come through," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "He's been struggling."

Vidro notched the winning hit off Jason Isringhausen (4-8), who has blown 10 saves in 43 saves.

Isringhausen threw 28 pitches in saving Tuesday's 2-0 win but told manager Tony LaRussa that he could pitch Wednesday.

Felipe Lopez walked to start the inning, Nick Johnson was hit by a pitch with one out and Ryan Church walked after falling behind 0-2 in the count. Vidro then lined a single past first baseman Albert Pujols and down the right-field line on a 1-0 pitch.

"I just couldn't find the strike zone," Isringhausen said. "Once I started missing, I was trying to do too much, trying to overcome it. Then I had throw a pitch right down the middle to get a strike."

Washington led 5-4 before Preston Wilson's two-run, upper-deck homer in the top of the ninth off Chad Cordero (7-4), who blew a save for the fourth time in 28 chances -- but first since the All-Star break.

Johnson had an RBI single in the first, but Scott Spiezio's three-run homer gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Washington then scored four runs in the bottom half when Vidro and pinch-hitter Brian Schneider hit RBI singles and Alfonso Soriano chased Chris Carpenter with a two-run single.

Yadier Molina cut Washington's lead to 5-4 with a solo homer off Jon Rauch in the seventh.

Nationals shortstop Lopez made a spectacular bases-loaded catch of a Ronnie Belliard's bloop in the eighth.

Notes

  • The Nationals said second-round draft pick Sean Black attended classes at Seton Hall, ending the team's eligibility to sign him.
  • Spiezio's homer was his first since Aug. 10 against Cincinnati.
 
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Chris Carpenter, who strikes out seven, gives up nine hits and lasts just 5 1/3 innings against the Nats.  (AP)
Chris Carpenter, who strikes out seven, gives up nine hits and lasts just 5 1/3 innings against the Nats. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Vidro
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

S. Spiezio
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Preston Wilson, LF-CF5222000 .265
So Taguchi, CF1000100 .270
   a- Chris Duncan, PH-LF2100110 .311
Albert Pujols, 1B5020003 .322
Juan Encarnacion, RF3000104 .285
Scott Spiezio, 3B3123101 .266
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000014 .278
Yadier Molina, C4111003 .219
Aaron Miles, SS4010000 .270
Chris Carpenter, P2000011 .138
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Rose, PH1000010 .500
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
   c- John Rodriguez, PH1110000 .302
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals356964416 
a-walked for Taguchi in the 6th
b-struck out for Hancock in the 7th
c-singled for Looper in the 9th
Batting
HR - Preston Wilson (14, C. Cordero), Scott Spiezio (9, Schroder), Yadier Molina (6, Rauch)
RBI - Preston Wilson 2 (65), Scott Spiezio 3 (40), Yadier Molina (44)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Spiezio 3 (27)
SB - So Taguchi (10, 2nd base off O'Connor/Fick), Albert Pujols (6, 2nd base off O'Connor/Fick)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Pujols
E - Aaron Miles (14, ), Scott Spiezio (3, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter 5.1954270 2.97
Tyler Johnson 0.1000010 4.75
Josh Hancock 0.1100010 3.82
Josh Kinney 1000110 4.61
Randy Flores 0.2000000 4.58
Braden Looper 0.1000000 3.69
Jason Isringhausen (BS,10; L,4-8) 0.1122200 3.55
HBP - N. Johnson (by Jason Isringhausen)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 110-72, Tyler Johnson 3-3, Josh Hancock 5-5, Josh Kinney 10-6, Randy Flores 9-5, Braden Looper 2-2, Jason Isringhausen 22-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 8-2, Josh Kinney 1-0, Randy Flores 1-1, Braden Looper 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 28, Tyler Johnson 1, Josh Hancock 2, Josh Kinney 3, Randy Flores 2, Braden Looper 1, Jason Isringhausen 5
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5112011 .290
Felipe Lopez, SS3110212 .273
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5010014 .284
Nick Johnson, 1B3221113 .293
Ryan Church, RF3110203 .256
Jose Vidro, 2B5123013 .291
Robert Fick, C3020000 .232
    Melvin Dorta, PR0100000 .400
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   a- George Lombard, PH1000010 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Nook Logan, CF4000023 .278
Mike O'Connor, P1000011 .074
   b- Henry Mateo, PH1000010 .176
    Chris Booker, P0000000 .000
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian Schneider, PH-C2011000 .241
Totals36711751020 
a-struck out for Rauch in the 7th
b-struck out for O'Connor in the 5th
c-singled for Schroder in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (42, Carpenter)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (88), Nick Johnson (67), Jose Vidro 3 (36), Brian Schneider (47)
SB - Felipe Lopez (35, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Molina)
CS - Robert Fick (1, 3rd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Vidro-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Mike O'Connor 5300110 4.84
Chris Booker0122100 36.00
Chris Schroder (BS,1) 1111011 5.19
Jon Rauch (H,15) 1111011 3.22
Saul Rivera (H,5) 1100210 4.24
Chad Cordero (BS,4; W,7-4) 1222001 3.25
WP - Chris Booker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike O'Connor 63-40, Chris Booker 9-5, Chris Schroder 17-11, Jon Rauch 19-15, Saul Rivera 22-10, Chad Cordero 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike O'Connor 4-9, Jon Rauch 1-1, Chad Cordero 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike O'Connor 18, Chris Booker 2, Chris Schroder 4, Jon Rauch 4, Saul Rivera 6, Chad Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21322
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Gerry Davis