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Hernandez's three-hitter, Morse help Nats crush Cards

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WASHINGTON -- Rarely has a shutout tasted so good for Livan Hernandez.

After tossing a three-hitter that led the Washington Nationals over the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 Wednesday night, Hernandez got a pie in the face from his happy teammates for the first time in his 16 major league seasons.

"He's so old, they probably weren't doing pies in the face when he started," Nationals outfielder Michael Morse joked.

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Morse homered twice and doubled, Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa also homered and Ryan Zimmerman had his second RBI in as many nights since returning from the disabled list as the Nationals earned their fifth straight win.

The beneficiary of Washington's offensive outburst was Hernandez (4-8), who struck out six and walked none for his ninth career shutout. It was his 50th career complete game.

"We scored 10 runs and hit four home runs today -- that was great," Hernandez said. "Everybody is working hard every day to win some games and now we've got five in a row. Let's see what happens."

Albert Pujols made two errors at third base for the Cardinals, leading to a pair of unearned runs, as they lost their season-worst fifth in a row. Jon Jay was the only St. Louis hitter to reach second base, doubling in the fifth off Hernandez.

"He moved the ball around -- ball in, ball out, ball down, ball up," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. It was a masterful job of pitching."

Hernandez only needed 105 pitches to baffle St. Louis, working quickly through the Cardinals' dangerous lineup.

"It was just a great performance," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "It was just vintage Livo there. He was hitting his spots, changing his speeds -- he just really had it all going. He was completely in control tonight."

Hernandez got plenty of offensive support, especially from Morse, who drove in three runs and now has 11 homers in his last 36 games.

"I'm just going up there and putting some good at-bats together," Morse said. "We had a lot of patience today, and guys got their pitches and didn't miss them. Livan deserves [the runs]. He's been pitching real well."

In his return from the disabled list, Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan (6-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.

Morse hit a solo homer in the second for a 1-0 lead. In the third, Werth hit a routine grounder to Pujols, who's normally a first baseman, and his soft throw across the diamond handcuffed Lance Berkman. After Roger Bernadina singled, Zimmerman singled home a run.

Morse and Espinosa doubled to begin a three-run fourth. Ivan Rodriguez added an RBI single, Hernandez sacrificed and Ian Desmond hit a hard grounder to Pujols, who couldn't make the backhanded stop, allowing another unearned run to score. Bernadina made it 5-0 with a bloop double down the left-field line.

Desmond had an RBI single in the sixth. Morse and Espinosa hit towering, consecutive homers in the seventh -- the first time Washington has hit back-to-back home runs this season. Morse has 12 homers this year and is hitting .373 during the 36-game run.

"I'm real happy for Mike," Riggleman said. "He's seizing an opportunity here and helping the team win games. This is much more than a hot streak."

Werth hit his ninth homer of the season in the eighth.

Notes

  • Cardinals OF Matt Holliday will come off the disabled list Thursday after missing 13 games with a left quadriceps injury. "He had a workout today and he's good. He makes our lineup better and deeper," La Russa said.
  • The Nationals plan on activating LHP Tom Gorzelanny from the disabled list Thursday. Gorzelanny will replace Yunesky Maya, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, in the starting rotation and will get the nod Sunday against Baltimore.
  • Rodriguez threw out Ryan Theriot attempting to steal second in the fourth, increasing the Nationals' MLB-best percentage (19 of 41) against would-be base stealers.
 
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Livan Hernandez embraces Pudge Rodriguez after hurling his ninth career shutout.  (US Presswire)
Livan Hernandez embraces Pudge Rodriguez after hurling his ninth career shutout. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Hernandez
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
Washington

M. Morse
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS3010000 .296
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Mark Hamilton, 1B1000010 .125
Colby Rasmus, CF4000010 .263
Albert Pujols, 3B3000000 .272
    Daniel Descalso, 3B0000000 .243
Lance Berkman, 1B3000000 .313
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
Andrew Brown, RF3000000 .143
Jon Jay, LF3020000 .314
Yadier Molina, C2000011 .303
    Tony Cruz, C1000001 .273
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000011 .230
Kyle McClellan, P1000000 .174
   a- Tyler Greene, PH-SS2000020 .204
Totals2903006  
a-struck out for McClellan in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (8, Hernandez)
CS - Ryan Theriot (3, 2nd base by Hernandez/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Pujols-Schumaker-Berkman, T. Greene-Schumaker-Berkman
E - Tyler Greene (5, Misplayed grounder), Albert Pujols 2 (7, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle McClellan (L,6-3) 5753031 3.96
Ryan Franklin 1.2744002 8.17
Brian Tallet 1.1111001 7.15
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle McClellan 77-51, Ryan Franklin 38-29, Brian Tallet 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle McClellan 10-4, Ryan Franklin 4-0, Brian Tallet 2-2
Batters Faced - Kyle McClellan 24, Ryan Franklin 11, Brian Tallet 5
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jayson Werth, RF5211013 .239
Roger Bernadina, CF5031000 .269
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5011013 .316
Laynce Nix, LF4110012 .295
    Brian Bixler, LF1000000 .172
Michael Morse, 1B4333000 .312
Danny Espinosa, 2B4221000 .226
Ivan Rodriguez, C4231000 .223
Livan Hernandez, P2000001 .167
Ian Desmond, SS4012002 .235
Totals3810151003  
Batting
2B - Roger Bernadina (5, McClellan), Michael Morse (11, McClellan), Danny Espinosa (10, McClellan), Ivan Rodriguez (6, Franklin)
HR - Jayson Werth (9, Tallet), Michael Morse 2 (12, McClellan, Franklin), Danny Espinosa (11, Franklin)
SH - Livan Hernandez 2 (9)
RBI - Jayson Werth (25), Roger Bernadina (10), Ryan Zimmerman (6), Michael Morse 3 (40), Danny Espinosa (37), Ivan Rodriguez (16), Ian Desmond 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Roger Bernadina (5), Ryan Zimmerman (2), Michael Morse 2 (15), Danny Espinosa (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Desmond
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (W,4-8) 9300060 3.77
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 105-71
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 9-11
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29
Game Information
Attendance - 27130
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dale Scott