Sport: Gorman, Nootbaar homer as Cards beat Nats 6-2; Soto 1 for 4

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 Friday night.

St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson hits a groundout in front of Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz and umpire Dan Iassogna in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. Andrew Knizner scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson hits a groundout in front of Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz and umpire Dan Iassogna in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. Andrew Knizner scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington's Juan Soto went 1 for 4 in what could be his final homestand with Tuesday's trade deadline looming. The Nationals were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

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  The end of the Juan Soto era in D.C.? Hope and tension as teammates reflect on their star The end of the Juan Soto era in D.C.? Hope and tension as teammates reflect on their starOn what could be Soto’s last weekend as a Washington National, you wouldn’t really know it from the vibe inside the ballpark. Fans cheered for him loudest during the introductions and ahead of his at-bats — but whether that was as a precautionary farewell or simply because he’s the best player on the team is hard to tell. In game, the sea of red seemed to celebrate the success of the Nationals and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals almost equally, or maybe it just seemed that way since the latter gave them more reason to cheer.

Miles Mikolas (8-8) allowed two runs in seven innings for St. Louis, which won consecutive games for the first time since July 15-16.

Aníbal Sánchez lost his third consecutive start for Washington, which has a majors-worst record of 34-67.

Sánchez (0-3) pitched into the sixth inning for the first time this season, and nearly escaped trailing just 3-1. Gorman hit a two-run homer to right on a full count to break the game open.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner, left, high-fives relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos after closing out a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. St. Louis won 6-2. Walking on the field at right is Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner, left, high-fives relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos after closing out a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. St. Louis won 6-2. Walking on the field at right is Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nootbaar then went deep on a liner to right-center to end Sánchez’s night. The home run came a pitch after Washington catcher Keibert Ruiz scampered to track down a pop foul, only to have it bounce out of his glove. He was not charged with an error on the play.

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  Juan Soto trade rumors tracker: Latest updates on deal for Nationals slugger Here’s the latest on the Juan Soto trade rumors.The 24-year-old Soto was put on the trade block last month after he declined a $440 million contract extension from Washington. The Nationals’ deal would have guaranteed Soto more money than any player in MLB history, but with a 15-year offer, Soto’s annual salary of $29.33 million would have been only the 20th-highest in baseball history had he accepted the deal.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto gestures to the visiting dugout as he approaches the batter's box for his first at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals' Juan Soto gestures to the visiting dugout as he approaches the batter's box for his first at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

St. Louis took the lead with three runs in the third. Dylan Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt had run-scoring groundouts sandwiched around Sánchez’s run-scoring wild pitch.

Sánchez allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first outing against St. Louis since taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 2019 NLCS.

Washington scored on sacrifice fly balls by Luis García in the second and Josh Bell in the sixth. The Nationals failed to muster any other offense against Mikolas, who gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right knee) was 0 for 3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base as the designated hitter Thursday in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment with Memphis. Molina is expected to catch Saturday and Sunday. … RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip) threw a side session Friday. … RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) threw a side session Thursday in the Los Angeles area. Manager Oliver Marmol said he could join the team in St. Louis next week. … OF Harrison Bader (right foot) will wear a protective boot for the next two weeks.

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  Report: Nationals to keep star OF Juan Soto for rest of season is asking price not met Soto has hit 20 home runs and recorded a league-leading 88 walks, while registering a .243/.403/.475 slash line across 341 at-bats this season. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman, right, is congratulated by Paul Goldschmidt after scoring on a wild pitch by Washington Nationals' Anibal Sanchez during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman, right, is congratulated by Paul Goldschmidt after scoring on a wild pitch by Washington Nationals' Anibal Sanchez during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nationals: RHP Reed Garrett (biceps inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning Friday in his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Rochester.

GREEN DAY

OF Elijah Green, the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft, took batting practice with Washington. Green signed July 22 and will report to the Nationals’ Florida Complex League affiliate Monday.

ROSTER MOVES

St. Louis removed 3B Nolan Arenado, C Austin Romine and Goldschmidt from the restricted list and optioned OF Conner Capel and C Ivan Herrera to Triple-A Memphis and outrighted INF Cory Spangenberg to Memphis.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA), who is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six lifetime appearances against Washington, will come off the injured list to start Saturday.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (5-7, 4.95), who is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA, 11 strikeouts and 13 walks in four July starts, draws the start as the series continues.

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  Juan Soto debuts for San Diego Padres; the Washington Nationals actually traded Soto... Juan Soto made his debut with the Padres last night.“I want to get it over with and see what’s going to happen. Just go over that day and start over here or wherever I’m at,” the 23-year-old slugger said.

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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado throws out Washington Nationals' Victor Robles at first base on a groundout in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado throws out Washington Nationals' Victor Robles at first base on a groundout in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia hits a sacrifice fly ball in the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. Josh Bell scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia hits a sacrifice fly ball in the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Washington. Josh Bell scored on the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Juan Soto Trade Deadline Predictions .
The best young hitter since Ted Williams is on the block. Which team will he be playing for after Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET? There is no precedent for what we could see in less than 36 hours. Juan Soto of the Nationals is the rarest of players on the trading block because of his youth (age 23), controllable years (two after this one) and historic talent. Naturally, there are many contending teams that would love to add Soto to boost their chances of making the playoffs and a possible World Series run this season, as well as in 2023 and ’24.

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