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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Koda Glover rewarded his manager’s faith.Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-baerga-jersey]Carlos Baerga Jersey[/url] , Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.The Nationals won for just the third time in their last 10 games and snapped the Cardinals’ season-high, eight-game winning streak.“We needed a win today,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Get on that plane, have a nice happy flight and come back tomorrow and be at home and be ready.”Tanner Roark (8-12) gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings.A beleaguered bullpen that had blown two leads to start the losing streak took care of the rest. Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings before Glover closed it out.“There’s been a lot of changes (in the bullpen),” Miller said. “It’s unfortunate [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-yonder-alonso-jersey]Yonder Alonso Jersey[/url] , a couple of injuries and stuff like that, but I don’t really look at it as I’ve got the seventh or eighth or anything like that. I’m just going out there just trying to do my job.”Glover took the loss in the series opener on Monday, giving up a game-ending homer to Paul DeJong.“The first game of the series didn’t go as I would have liked for it to have went,” Glover said. “So to get put back in that situation or even a better situation to get a save, I’m happy with that outcome.”Harper drove in the game’s first run with a double in the first and knocked in two more with a bases-loaded single in the fourth to give the Nationals a 4-1 lead.A pair of errors helped the Nationals extend their lead to 5-1 in the fifth. St. Louis committed three errors in the game after committing just four total errors during the winning streak.“A couple plays clearly we expect to make and will make and just didn’t go our way for a little bit there,” Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said. “To the guys’ credit they regrouped, settled down, and started playing back to the baseball they know they can play.”The Nationals had opportunities to pad the lead [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey]http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-ramirez-jersey[/url] , leaving the bases loaded in the third and fifth while stranding nine runners in the first five innings.“When you have an opportunity to put teams away you’ve got to do that,” Martinez said. “Especially with how hot the Cardinals are playing right now. They’re going to come back.”The Cardinals got within one in the sixth. After DeJong and Kolten Wong came up with back-to-back, two-out RBI hits, Harrison Bader hit a slow grounder to third. Anthony Rendon’s throw to first got away from Ryan Zimmerman for an error, allowing Wong to score from second to cut the Nationals’ lead to 5-4.Just two of the four runs Luke Weaver (6-11) allowed in his 3 2/3 innings were earned. He gave up seven hits, including two to Roark, who scored both times.Tyson Ross allowed one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.Bader homered in the third and Matt Carpenter walked twice to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 34 games.TRAINING ROOMNationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI on his sore right wrist on Friday. RHP Joe Ross (right elbow surgery) threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings at Class A Potomac on Thursday and is hoping for a September return.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab Friday at Double-A Springfield. RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) threw two scoreless innings Thursday night at High-A Palm Beach.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.19 ERA) will take the mound as the Nationals return home for a three-game series Friday night against the Miami Marlins and RHP Dan Straily (4-5 [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-bradley-zimmer-jersey]Bradley Zimmer Jersey[/url] , 4.42 ERA). Scherzer is 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA in three starts this season against the Marlins.Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (6-6, 3.22 ERA) kicks off a three-game series Friday night as the Cardinals host the Milwaukee Brewers and RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47 ERA). Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 batters in his last start against the Brewers on June 22. DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray ‘s right arm looked dominant again on a night when Trevor Story’s appeared healed.Both were throwing strikes — one from the mound after a few bad outings, the other from shortstop after being sidelined for a week with a sore elbow.Gray pitched seven crisp innings and Story picked up in All-Star form right where he left off by hitting two doubles as the Colorado Rockies rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.Colorado won its fourth straight game since being swept in Los Angeles by the NL West-leading Dodgers, who remained 1½ game ahead of the Rockies in the division. The defending NL champions won 7-4 at Arizona.Colorado did gain ground on St. Louis, pulling within a half-game for the second wild card when the Cardinals lost to the Brewers.“We don’t think too much, only play baseball like we can play and see what happens,” outfielder Gerardo Parra said. “We believe. We’re strong. We’re together.”Gray (12-8) was moved up a day when scheduled starter Tyler Anderson was scratched due to shoulder tightness. Gray worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and only picked up steam from there. His fastball topped out at 97 mph for the first time in several starts.The right-hander’s one costly mistake was an elevated fastball that Rhys Hoskins hit for a homer in the seventh when the game was out of reach. Gray ended his night by striking out Scott Kingery to finish the inning and left to a round of applause.“I felt like it was more of myself tonight [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey]http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-guyer-jersey[/url] ,” Gray said. “It was more aggressive and attacking the zone. That’s where I need to be.”The Rockies cranked up the offense to open a four-game series against a Phillies team that has been eliminated from postseason contention. David Dahl lined a two-run homer in the fourth, Tony Wolters drew four walks and Charlie Blackmon had a single to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games.Story didn’t miss a beat in his return after missing a week with inflammation in his right elbow. His presence was felt at the plate with two hard-hit doubles to center and in the field, where he turned two double plays.“He came out of a nine-inning game fine. That was a confidence-builder for Trevor,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He went through the game and played hard, swung hard, threw the ball hard. We feel good about where Trevor is.”Colorado jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third as Nolan Arenado and Parra delivered run-scoring singles off Zach Eflin (11-8). Wolters and Gray each drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Austin Davis. Another run scored on a wild pitch.Eflin lasted 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs before leaving with some tightness in his left side. He’s heading back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to get it checked out.“I felt like the right thing to do with the great season he is having was to get him out of there and out of harm’s way,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “It was a tough decision but I wanted to protect him and his long-term health and well-being.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: Anderson remains optimistic he will pitch again this season. “Just have to think about getting back as quick as I can,” he said.CRASHING INTO THE WALLThere was a scary moment in the fourth when Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr ran into the fence while trying to catch Dahl’s homer. The side of Altherr’s face slammed into the padded fence [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-erik-gonzalez-jersey]Erik Gonzalez Jersey[/url] , his hat flying off. Altherr eventually limped to a cart and was taken away. He sprained his right big toe and bruised a knee. He was also evaluated for a concussion.On the play, the fan trying to catch Dahl’s homer was hit in the head by the ball, his hat flying off as well.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.59 ERA) makes his second start this season against Colorado on Tuesday. He beat the Rockies on June 14 by allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings.Rockies: Starter-turned-reliever Chad Bettis (5-2, 5.18 ERA) will once again start and throw between 30 and 50 pitches before turning things over to a fresh bullpen courtesy of Gray going deep into Monday’s game.
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