Sport: Bell hits 3-run HR to rally Nationals past Cardinals 7-6

Nats beat NL West-leading Dodgers for 2nd straight night

  Nats beat NL West-leading Dodgers for 2nd straight night LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the last-place Washington Nationals rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 Tuesday night for their second straight win against the NL West leaders. Garcia’s shot into the right-field seats with two outs against Los Angeles left-hander Garrett Cleavinger was his third home run of the season and brought home Josh Bell, who reached first on a throwing error by Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday night.

Washington Nationals' Josh Bell celebrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals' Josh Bell celebrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bell, likely on his way out as the Major League Baseball trade deadline nears, gave the home fans possibly one final moment to celebrate his time with the club after his 14th homer of the season just cleared the wall in right-center off Génesis Cabrera (3-2).

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St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong throws to first to put out Washington Nationals' Maikel Franco during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong throws to first to put out Washington Nationals' Maikel Franco during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Bell, who turns 30 next month and will be a free agent after the season, is having one of his best seasons and leads the Nationals with 57 RBIs and is batting .305 in 101 games.

Washington Nationals' Nelson Cruz (23) slides home to score on a single by Yadiel Hernandez during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner, left, looks on (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals' Nelson Cruz (23) slides home to score on a single by Yadiel Hernandez during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner, left, looks on (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Juan Soto, who could be the biggest name dealt before next week’s deadline, finished 1 for 1 with three walks and scored twice for Washington, which has the worst record in baseball.

Cardinals receiving trade inquiries on top prospect Nolan Gorman, Edmundo Sosa

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Erasmo Ramírez (3-1) earned the win with a clean seventh, and Kyle Finnegan got the last five outs for his fourth save of the season.

St. Louis, which started the day even with Philadelphia for the last wild card spot in the NL, took the lead in the fifth for the second time when Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer into the Cardinals' bullpen.

Gone for over two months, DeJong — an All-Star in 2019 — was recalled earlier on Saturday after the Cardinals traded infielder Edmundo Sosa to the Phillies in exchange for left-hander JoJo Romero. St. Louis made room for DeJong from the taxi squad by sending Romero to Triple-A Memphis.

Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) catcches a fly ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) catcches a fly ball by St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DeJong was optioned to the minors back on May 10 after struggling to hit .130 with one homer through 24 games. The 28-year-old since regained his form in Memphis by hitting 17 homers and driving in 54 RBIs in 51 games at the lower level. He had homered in three straight games before Saturday’s promotion.

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

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

The Nationals scored three in the fifth — all with two-outs — to tie the score at 4-4. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run RBI double before Yadiel Hernandez RBI single up the middle.

Lars Nootbaar gave St. Louis their final lead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth before Bell’s blast.

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong celebrates his two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong celebrates his two-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nolan Arenado hit his 19th homer of the season in the second. It was his first since July 13.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: LF Tyler O’Neill left the game after the fourth inning with leg cramps. O’Neill singled and doubled in his two at-bats. ... C Yadier Molina (right knee inflammation) went 1 for 2 with a walk in five innings with Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde was a late scratch after an MRI showed right shoulder inflammation. Fedde, who is 5-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactive to July 27. ... Washington recalled RHP Cory Abbot from Triple-A Rochester. Manager Dave Martinez said that the 26-year-old Abbot could be in line to start on Tuesday against the Mets.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Paolo Espino throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass): Cardinals Nationals Baseball © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Cardinals Nationals Baseball

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.53 ERA) will start the final game of the series for St. Louis on Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie has thrown at least 96 pitches in each of his pervious three starts against NL East opponents.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto takes a lead from first during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Washington Nationals' Juan Soto takes a lead from first during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (7-6, 4.45 ERA) will make his first career start against the Cardinals. Gray has given up multiple home runs in each of his last three starts and six times in 18 games this season.

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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (11) celebrates after his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (11) celebrates after his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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