Kolten Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday night in Washington.
Wong finished 3-for-4 with three RBI. He had a two-run homer in the second inning and a single in the fourth.
Jon Jay drew a one-out walk off Blake Treinen (0-2) in the eighth and moved to third on Yadier Molina’s single. Wong then sliced a double down the left-field line, scoring Jay to break a 5-all tie.
Matt Adams added a solo homer in the ninth off Rafael Martin to close the scoring.
Kevin Siegrist (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his fifth save.
Wong also made two spectacular defensive plays at second base, ranging into short center field to grab grounders and throw out Yunel Escobar to end the fifth and Wilson Ramos starting the sixth.
Matt Carpenter led off the game with a homer off Washington starter Doug Fister, and Wong added his two-run shot in the second.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 1 (at Philadelphia) — Adeiny Hechavarria had a pair of hits and scored the go-ahead run and Miami took advantage of Philadelphia’s sloppy play to end a five-game losing streak.
The Marlins got plenty of help from Philadelphia, scoring five unearned runs.
They took the lead in the seventh. Hechavarria scored from third when Luis Garcia (1-1) balked while trying to hold the speedy Dee Gordon on first. It was the first run Garcia has given up in eight innings of relief this season.
And the Phillies’ defense struggled in the eighth when the Marlins scored four unearned runs with help from two Philadelphia fielding miscues.
With two outs in the eighth, Ichiro Suzuki and Hechavarria both singled. Then Chase Utley dropped a routine throw to second on what could have been the third out, loading the bases for Gordon.
Center fielder Odubel Herrera then took an awkward path to Gordon’s drive to deep center, running with his back to home plate before spinning around close to the warning track and dropping the ball. All three runs scored, giving Miami a 5-1 lead.
PIRATES 4, CUBS 3 (at Pittsburgh) — Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season and Vance Worley got through 5 2/3 shaky innings for his second straight win as Pittsburgh prevailed.
Polanco’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off Jason Hammel increased the Pirates’ lead to 4-1. It came after Polanco made a fine running catch of a fly ball hit by rookie star Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to end the top of the inning.
Worley (2-1) allowed an unearned run on six hits and five walks. He also struck five in a 106-pitch outing. Tony Watson got the final six outs for his first save of the season.
REDS 2, BREWERS 1 (at Milwaukee) — Billy Hamilton dashed home on a two-out wild pitch in the ninth inning and Cincinnati handed the Brewers their seventh straight loss.
Hamilton scored both runs for Cincinnati, which won its third straight game against Milwaukee after enduring a 1-6 stretch. The Brewers have the worst record in the majors at 2-13.
Johnny Cueto (1-2) gave up five hits and struck out eight in eight innings. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.