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Nats deck Cards, 10-0

June 15, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Livan Hernandez pitched a three-hitter, Michael Morse homered twice and doubled, and the Washington Nationals routed the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

Albert Pujols made two errors at third base, leading to a pair of unearned runs, as the Cardinals lost their season-worst fifth in a row.

Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa also homered and Ryan Zimmerman had his second RBI in as many nights since returning from the disabled list. Morse drove in three runs and now has 11 homers in his last 36 games.

Hernandez (4-8) struck out six and walked none in the ninth shutout of his 16-season career. Jon Jay was the only St. Louis hitter to reach second base, doubling in the fifth off Hernandez.

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.

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,” St. Louis manager Tony 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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