Nats beat Cardinals in 13th

August 27, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ian Desmond singled home Nyjer Morgan in the bottom of the 13th inning and the Washington Nationals overcame Albert Pujols' 400th home run Thursday night in an 11-10 roller-coaster win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Morgan was hit by a pitch from Blake Hawksworth (4-8) while squaring to bunt leading off the inning, then advanced to third on Alberto Gonzalez's one-out single. With the infield in, Desmond bounced a grounder up the middle.

Desmond had four hits on the night and drove in three runs.

The Nationals led 8-6 in the ninth, but the Cardinals scored four runs off closer Drew Storen to take a 10-8 lead.

Washington sent the game into extra innings when Roger Bernadina slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Doug Slaten (4-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the Nationals, who broke out of their offensive doldrums with 16 hits. Washington had been shut out three times in the past week, and the victory ended a four-game losing streak.


Pujols led off the fourth inning by sending an 0-1 fastball from starter Jordan Zimmermann into the right-center seats.

At 30 years, 222 days, Pujols became the third-youngest player to reach 400 homers. Alex Rodriguez hit No. 400 at 29 years, 316 days, and Ken Griffey Jr. reached the benchmark at 30 years, 141 days.

Pujols' drive broke a three-way tie with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 47th place on baseball's career list.

As soon as he completed his swing, Pujols stood and admired the shot. He was mobbed by teammates when he returned to the dugout after cutting the Nationals' lead to 3-2.

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