Mikolas, Cardinals down Nationals 5-1 for 5th win in row

WASHINGTON (AP) Marcell Ozuna and the St. Louis Cardinals caught an early break against Max Scherzer, and wound up with a five-game winning.

Ozuna got three hits, including an RBI double that was misplayed, as Miles Mikolas and the Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Wednesday night.

The Cardinals touched up Scherzer (1-4) for three runs in the first inning as Victor Robles - playing right field in place of Juan Soto, who was scratched from the lineup with back spasms - misread Ozuna's flyball for a gift run.

Jose Martinez delivered a two-run single a batter later, and the Cardinals were on the way to their 10th win in 11 games.

''I make mistakes,'' Scherzer said. ''I am not here to worry about other people's mistakes. If you do, that's a losing mentality. So you just have to go out there and compete and do everything you can to win the ballgame. Unfortunately, tonight they made more winning plays than we did, and it's frustrating when you lose.''

Scherzer pitched seven innings and struck out eight. He yielded eight hits, half of them coming in the opening inning.

''He's one of the aces in the National League,'' Ozuna said. ''If we can get him early, we can beat him.''

Mikolas (3-2), who was winless in his first three road starts this season, surrendered a run and seven hits in six innings.

''His fastball command was a little spotty, but he had the curveball he could rely on,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''He made pitches and was effective in the zone when he needed to be. He competed really well. He had some traffic out there and left it out there and did a nice job to get through six.''

Washington has lost the first three games of the series and six of its last seven overall, and fell to 12-17.

After the Nationals scored in the fourth, they didn't get a runner to third base the rest of the night. Their best chance to erase the deficit came on Mikolas' final pitch, which resulted in a flyball to left by Michael A. Taylor that Ozuna caught while backed up against the door to the visitor's bullpen.

''Ozuna's great at navigating the wall back there,'' Mikolas said. ''I saw him get there and he had a hand on the wall. He was ready to make a jump for it, but he didn't have to, which is nice.''

St. Louis added two runs in the eighth off Joe Ross, ending the Washington bullpen's scoreless streak at 16 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) threw to seven batters during a pregame batting practice session. ''Stuff looked good. He had some later movement to his ball, had some finish to his pitches,'' Shildt said. ''We'll see how he recovers and based on that and based on the next couple days we'll find the right spot to get him activated.'' ... OF Dexter Fowler (illness) was unavailable for the second game in a row.

Nationals: Soto, who is hitting .248 with six homers and 22 RBIs, had played every inning in each of Washington's first 28 games before he was scratched from the original lineup. He was available but was not used off the bench. ''I didn't want to take any chances with him,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said. ''Hopefully, tomorrow he comes out and he's fine and ready to go.''

STREAKING

St. Louis SS Paul DeJong singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest current active run in the National League.

CHART CLIMBING

Scherzer, who now has 2,511 career strikeouts, passed Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for 34th on the all-time list in that category.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (2-1, 5.63 ERA) looks to win his third consecutive start. He is 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA in four lifetime appearances (all in relief) against Washington.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 3.82) faces the Cardinals for the first time since 2016 as the four-game series concludes.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (3-2)L: M. Scherzer (1-4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B50100022.202.323.349.6720.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200022.264.350.512.8632.0
P. DeJong SS51100013.336.396.590.9861.5
M. Ozuna LF42310100.279.370.6351.0049.0
J. Martinez RF31220111.375.407.488.8946.5
Y. Molina C40110004.261.288.387.6762.0
K. Wong 2B30000114.263.393.453.8460.5
H. Bader CF40110013.226.379.434.8132.5
M. Mikolas P20000000.154.154.154.3080.0
a- Y. Munoz PH10000011.182.250.273.523-0.5
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. O'Neill PH10000012.294.314.441.755-0.5
J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Gallegos in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton LF50000012.283.344.383.727-0.5
V. Robles RF41200021.264.308.482.7902.0
H. Kendrick 3B40300001.345.418.6181.0363.0
M. Adams 1B40000025.255.276.509.785-1.0
Y. Gomes C40110001.254.324.388.7123.0
C. Kieboom SS30000121.136.240.409.6490.0
W. Difo 2B40100001.247.318.351.6681.0
M. Taylor CF40000004.158.304.211.5150.0
M. Scherzer P20000000.111.111.111.2220.0
a- B. Dozier PH10100000.193.304.341.6451.0
J. Ross P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Jennings P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Sanchez PH101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
  • a-singled for Scherzer in the 7th
  • b-singled for Grace in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna 2 (7), J. Martinez (6), H. Bader (2)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (29), J. Martinez 2 (15), Y. Molina (21), H. Bader (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), P. DeJong 2 (2), K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Gomes (3)
  • RBI - Y. Gomes (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick, M. Adams 3 (3), M. Taylor 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kendrick-Difo-Adams; Difo-Kieboom-Adams)
  • E - C. Kieboom (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 3-2)6.07111404.731.2521.0
G. Gallegos (H, 2)1.01000203.480.973.0
J. Brebbia2.01000100.490.825.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 3-2)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 2)1.0
J. Brebbia2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 1-4)7.08332804.081.1710.0
J. Ross0.02221006.431.71-5.0
D. Jennings1.00000200.001.204.0
M. Grace1.01000004.611.392.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 1-4)7.0
J. Ross0.0
D. Jennings1.0
M. Grace1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gallegos
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-70, G. Gallegos 15-11, J. Brebbia 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-6, J. Brebbia 2-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, G. Gallegos 4, J. Brebbia 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 110-73, J. Ross 9-5, D. Jennings 19-11, M. Grace 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-7, D. Jennings 1-1, M. Grace 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, J. Ross 3, D. Jennings 4, M. Grace 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B50100022.202.323.349.6720.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200022.264.350.512.8632.0
P. DeJong SS51100013.336.396.590.9861.5
M. Ozuna LF42310100.279.370.6351.0049.0
J. Martinez RF31220111.375.407.488.8946.5
Y. Molina C40110004.261.288.387.6762.0
K. Wong 2B30000114.263.393.453.8460.5
H. Bader CF40110013.226.379.434.8132.5
M. Mikolas P20000000.154.154.154.3080.0
a- Y. Munoz PH10000011.182.250.273.523-0.5
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. O'Neill PH10000012.294.314.441.755-0.5
J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Gallegos in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton LF50000012.283.344.383.727-0.5
V. Robles RF41200021.264.308.482.7902.0
H. Kendrick 3B40300001.345.418.6181.0363.0
M. Adams 1B40000025.255.276.509.785-1.0
Y. Gomes C40110001.254.324.388.7123.0
C. Kieboom SS30000121.136.240.409.6490.0
W. Difo 2B40100001.247.318.351.6681.0
M. Taylor CF40000004.158.304.211.5150.0
M. Scherzer P20000000.111.111.111.2220.0
a- B. Dozier PH10100000.193.304.341.6451.0
J. Ross P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Jennings P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Sanchez PH101000001.0001.0001.0002.0001.0
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  • a-singled for Scherzer in the 7th
  • b-singled for Grace in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna 2 (7), J. Martinez (6), H. Bader (2)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (29), J. Martinez 2 (15), Y. Molina (21), H. Bader (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 2 (2), P. DeJong 2 (2), K. Wong 2 (2), H. Bader 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Gomes (3)
  • RBI - Y. Gomes (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton, H. Kendrick, M. Adams 3 (3), M. Taylor 4 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kendrick-Difo-Adams; Difo-Kieboom-Adams)
  • E - C. Kieboom (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 3-2)6.07111404.731.2521.0
G. Gallegos (H, 2)1.01000203.480.973.0
J. Brebbia2.01000100.490.825.5
Total9.0911170---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 3-2)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 2)1.0
J. Brebbia2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 1-4)7.08332804.081.1710.0
J. Ross0.02221006.431.71-5.0
D. Jennings1.00000200.001.204.0
M. Grace1.01000004.611.392.0
Total9.011553100---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 1-4)7.0
J. Ross0.0
D. Jennings1.0
M. Grace1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gallegos
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-70, G. Gallegos 15-11, J. Brebbia 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-6, J. Brebbia 2-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, G. Gallegos 4, J. Brebbia 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 110-73, J. Ross 9-5, D. Jennings 19-11, M. Grace 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-7, D. Jennings 1-1, M. Grace 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, J. Ross 3, D. Jennings 4, M. Grace 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Bader safe at first on shortstop Kieboom fielding error, Martinez scored, Molina to second51
    Molina singled to left, Ozuna scored, Martinez to third41
  • 4TH INNING
    Gomes reached on fielder's choice to third, Robles scored, Kendrick out at second31
  • 1ST INNING
    Martinez singled to center, DeJong and Ozuna scored30
    Ozuna doubled to right, Goldschmidt scored, DeJong to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Grace relieved Dan Jennings
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to right center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Goldschmidt out at second
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Brebbia Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo grounded out to second
    • M. Taylor: Taylor popped out to third
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Matt Grace
    • Ad. Sanchez: Adrian Sanchez facing John Brebbia
    • An. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton popped out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Joe Ross pitching
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • Jo. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Martinez doubled to deep left, Ozuna to third
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina singled to left, Ozuna scored, Martinez to third
    • Dan Jennings relieved Joe Ross
    • K. Wong: Wong fouled out to catcher
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bader safe at first on shortstop Kieboom fielding error, Martinez scored, Molina to second
    • Tyler O'Neill hit for Giovanny Gallegos
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adams popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bader doubled to left center
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Miles Mikolas
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Carpenter singled to right, Bader to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Goldschmidt struck out on foul tip
    • P. DeJong: DeJong popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • Brian Dozier hit for Max Scherzer
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier singled to right center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Kendrick lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong flied out to deep center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna singled to left
    • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike looking, Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ozuna out at third, Martinez to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Wong struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes doubled to left center
    • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Difo fouled out to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Mikolas grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Scherzer grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles singled to left
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick singled to right, Robles to second
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Adams grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ozuna doubled to deep left
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina flied out to center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Robles singled to left
    • H. Kendrick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Kendrick singled to center, Robles to third
    • M. Adams: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes reached on fielder's choice to third, Robles scored, Kendrick out at second
    • C. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kieboom walked, Gomes to second
    • W. Difo: Difo reached on an infield single to first, Gomes to third, Kieboom to second
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Taylor lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt popped out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Ball, Scherzer grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Eaton fouled out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Wong flied out to right
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bader flied out to deep right
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes flied out to right
    • C. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Kieboom grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Difo lined out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep right
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to right center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong singled to center, Goldschmidt to second
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna doubled to right, Goldschmidt scored, DeJong to third
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to center, DeJong and Ozuna scored
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina grounded into double play third to second to first, Martinez out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton grounded out to second
    • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kendrick singled to left
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)