Ozuna's 4 RBIs, throw to plate lift Cards over Nats 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Dakota Hudson is a big fan of Marcell Ozuna's arm.

Ozuna drove in four runs and threw out a runner at home plate from left field, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Monday night.

''That's the second one he's had for me this year,'' Hudson said of Ozuna's assist to the plate. ''He's looking really good. He threw a perfect one in there to save a run.''

St. Louis maintained a two-game NL Central lead over the second-place Chicago Cubs, who closed within a half-game of the Nationals for the top NL wild card

Nationals manager Dave Martinez missed the game following a heart procedure in Washington, and bench coach Chip Hale was in charge of the dugout.

''I'm sure he'll give us a call after the game if he's up,'' Hale said. ''I know he's been through a battery of tests. Hopefully he's feeling good.''

Ozuna hit a two-run homer in the first off Stephen Strasburg, who walked Dexter Fowler leading off.

''I was in the same division as him and I faced him a lot,'' Ozuna said. ''I know this guy. I know what I can handle to get a good at-bat.''

Ozuna has faced Strasburg 41 times and has 12 hits, including three home runs and six RBIs.

''I figured based on his numbers that Ozuna would have a good night, but I feel that way every night about him,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''It was a nice, nice job by him all the way around tonight. I'm pleased with the homer and two-run but the throw, he's put a lot of time, effort and energy in his arm. He is sincere about being a complete player.''

Washington tied the score 2-2 on Victor Robles' RBI single in the fourth and Anthony Rendon's 34th homer leading off the sixth. Ozuna charged on Robles' hit and made a one-hop throw to catcher Yadier Molina, who tagged out Asdrubal Cabrera trying to score from second.

''I'm getting my rhythm back,'' Ozuna said. ''I'm almost there.''

Sean Doolittle (6-5) walked Fowler with one out in the seventh, Hunter Strickland walked Paul Goldschmidt with two outs and Ozuna doubled just inside the left-field line, just the second hit in 11 at-bats for the Cardinals with runners in scoring position.

''He just missed with his pitch,'' Hale said. ''He just sort of pulled it across the plate, and Ozuna did a nice job.''

Hudson (16-7) won for the sixth time in seven starts, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings.

''I didn't have very much tonight,'' Hudson said. ''The ball was moving a lot, but I didn't have the best command. I had to battle with what I had.''

John Brebbia, Andrew Miller and Martinez followed with perfect relief. One day after he was released from a hospital following respiratory problems caused by asthma and allergies, Martinez needed just two pitches to retired Ryan Zimmerman on a flyout for his 20th save in 23 chances.

''I told them I had two innings in me because right now, I feel good. I needed just two pitches,'' Martinez said. ''I'm focused to compete. I was happy to get out there. They need me. I'm ready for tomorrow and the next day.''

Strasburg gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in five innings, his shortest outing since Aug. 3. He is 3-2 in his last nine outings after winning seven straight starts in late June and July, leaving his record at 17-6.

HOLD ON

Miller tied his season best with his 27th hold.

BASE BURGLERS

Molina, Kolten Wong, Tommy Edman and Dexter Fowler all stole second base, raising the Cardinals' NL-leading total to 109.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (12-7, 3.20) is 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA against the Cardinals. His lone win came in 2016 when he pitched for Arizona.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (9-13, 4.28) beat the Nationals 5-1 on May 1 when matched against Max Scherzer.

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  • W: D. Hudson (16-7)L: S. Doolittle (6-5)S: C. Martinez (20)
  • HR: WAS - A. Rendon (34), STL - M. Ozuna (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Soto LF31000101.294.405.572.9772.0
A. Cabrera 2B40100000.254.335.429.7641.0
R. Zimmerman 1B30000100.240.305.420.7251.0
V. Robles CF30110000.255.327.431.7582.0
Y. Gomes C30100010.212.309.360.6690.5
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  • a-grounded out for Rainey in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF22000211.248.355.424.7785.5
K. Wong 2B30000112.285.363.426.7892.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B21000211.258.343.469.8122.5
M. Ozuna LF41241012.252.332.495.82710.5
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T. Edman 3B40200012.285.320.466.7853.5
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D. Hudson P20000011.063.082.063.144-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Rendon (34)
  • SH - S. Strasburg (5)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (119), V. Robles (60)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (50), J. Soto
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (21)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (28)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 4 (86)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 4 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler (39), P. DeJong (41), Y. Molina (42), T. Edman 2 (41), H. Bader (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Fowler (8), K. Wong (23), Y. Molina (5), T. Edman (13)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Zimmerman (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg5.03224613.491.069.0
T. Rainey1.01000204.501.573.0
S. Doolittle (L, 6-5)0.20111204.111.33-6.0
H. Strickland0.11111005.311.33-3.0
W. Suero1.00000104.571.253.5
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 16-7)7.05222113.351.3922.5
J. Brebbia (H, 10)0.10000003.131.090.0
A. Miller (H, 27)1.10000004.041.313.0
C. Martinez (S, 20)0.10000003.001.147.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 16-7)7.0
J. Brebbia (H, 10)0.1
A. Miller (H, 27)1.1
C. Martinez (S, 20)0.1
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Strickland
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 99-67, T. Rainey 14-12, S. Doolittle 19-15, H. Strickland 15-8, W. Suero 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-2, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 22, T. Rainey 4, S. Doolittle 3, H. Strickland 3, W. Suero 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 96-56, J. Brebbia 3-2, A. Miller 12-9, C. Martinez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 13-6, J. Brebbia 1-0, A. Miller 2-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, J. Brebbia, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF40000001.280.365.434.7980.0
A. Rendon 3B41211000.333.417.6291.0467.0
J. Soto LF31000101.294.405.572.9772.0
A. Cabrera 2B40100000.254.335.429.7641.0
R. Zimmerman 1B30000100.240.305.420.7251.0
V. Robles CF30110000.255.327.431.7582.0
Y. Gomes C30100010.212.309.360.6690.5
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T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Rainey in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF22000211.248.355.424.7785.5
K. Wong 2B30000112.285.363.426.7892.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B21000211.258.343.469.8122.5
M. Ozuna LF41241012.252.332.495.82710.5
P. DeJong SS30000113.239.320.448.7670.5
Y. Molina C40100012.263.305.387.6922.5
T. Edman 3B40200012.285.320.466.7853.5
H. Bader CF40000022.211.322.372.694-1.0
D. Hudson P20000011.063.082.063.144-0.5
a- J. Martinez PH10000010.267.341.398.738-0.5
J. Brebbia P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - A. Rendon (34)
  • SH - S. Strasburg (5)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (119), V. Robles (60)
  • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (50), J. Soto
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (21)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (28)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 4 (86)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 4 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler (39), P. DeJong (41), Y. Molina (42), T. Edman 2 (41), H. Bader (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Fowler (8), K. Wong (23), Y. Molina (5), T. Edman (13)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Zimmerman (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg5.03224613.491.069.0
T. Rainey1.01000204.501.573.0
S. Doolittle (L, 6-5)0.20111204.111.33-6.0
H. Strickland0.11111005.311.33-3.0
W. Suero1.00000104.571.253.5
Total8.05446111---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg5.0
T. Rainey1.0
S. Doolittle (L, 6-5)0.2
H. Strickland0.1
W. Suero1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 16-7)7.05222113.351.3922.5
J. Brebbia (H, 10)0.10000003.131.090.0
A. Miller (H, 27)1.10000004.041.313.0
C. Martinez (S, 20)0.10000003.001.147.0
Total9.0522211---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 16-7)7.0
J. Brebbia (H, 10)0.1
A. Miller (H, 27)1.1
C. Martinez (S, 20)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Strickland
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 99-67, T. Rainey 14-12, S. Doolittle 19-15, H. Strickland 15-8, W. Suero 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-2, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 22, T. Rainey 4, S. Doolittle 3, H. Strickland 3, W. Suero 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 96-56, J. Brebbia 3-2, A. Miller 12-9, C. Martinez 2-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 13-6, J. Brebbia 1-0, A. Miller 2-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, J. Brebbia, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez
  • 7TH INNING
    Ozuna doubled to left, Fowler and Goldschmidt scored24
  • 6TH INNING
    Rendon homered to left center22
  • 4TH INNING
    Robles singled to left, Soto scored, Cabrera out at home, Zimmerman to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Ozuna homered to center, Fowler scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • A. Miller Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Soto lined out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Carlos Martinez relieved Andrew Miller
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike swinging, Zimmerman lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to second
    • Andrew Miller relieved John Brebbia
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton lined out to left
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Hunter Strickland
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Molina struck out on foul tip
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Edman lined out to center
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles lined out to center
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Tanner Rainey
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • Jose Martinez hit for Dakota Hudson
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Sean Doolittle
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Fowler to third, Goldschmidt to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna doubled to left, Fowler and Goldschmidt scored
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon homered to left center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Soto flied out to deep center
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Stephen Strasburg
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Molina lined out to third
    • T. Edman: Ball, Edman singled to shallow center
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Edman to second on 1st baseman Zimmerman fielding error, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Gomes singled to right
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strasburg hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gomes to second
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera singled to deep center, Soto to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman walked, Cabrera to second
    • V. Robles: Robles singled to left, Soto scored, Cabrera out at home, Zimmerman to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • T. Edman: Ball, Strike looking, Edman singled to right
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Edman stole second, Foul, Ball, Bader grounded out to third
    • D. Hudson: Foul, Hudson grounded out to third, Edman to third
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong stole second, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, DeJong popped out to third
    • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hudson struck out looking
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Fowler struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton fouled out to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon singled to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wong grounded out to catcher, Fowler to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna homered to center, Fowler scored
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Molina singled to center, DeJong to third
    • T. Edman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Molina stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)