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The Cardinals Lost Their 24th Game

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Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa each socked home runs Thursday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.

Aledmys Díaz’s solo shot in the fourth inning gave the Redbirds a one-run lead, but Harper capitalized on a Mike Leake offering in the sixth inning and took it to the upper deck to tie the game. Espinosa went yard in the seventh for the game-winning run.


Leake was charged with both runs over seven innings, with seven hits and one walk. He regretted the two pitches he left over the plate.

“Hanging changeup and a hanging slider, right where hitters want the ball,” Leake told the Associated Press. “If you take those back, it’s a zero-run ballgame.”

The Cardinals hold a .500 record. There’s always the next game!

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