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Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals' John Gant is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the ...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 14, 20...
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Trevor Gott stands on the mound after giving up a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong during the six...
St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong, left, scores past Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug...

St. Louis Cardinals' John Gant is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the ...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 14, 20...

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Trevor Gott stands on the mound after giving up a solo home run to St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong during the six...

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong, left, scores past Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug...

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Kolten Wong had three hits and three RBIs as St. Louis (65-55) pulled within four games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and moved within one game of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals also improved to 18-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 13, the most wins for a manager through his first 27 games in franchise history.

The Nationals (60-60) have dropped six of eight to fall eight games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

Gant (5-4) permitted four hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. He has given up just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings in his last two starts, both wins.


Updated : 2021-06-24 07:50 GMT+08:00