Game Report: Nationals 14, Cardinals 6

The best way to describe Monday night’s game in Washington, D.C. could be with a four-letter word: ugly.

On a night the Nationals committed four errors and easily could have been charged with a fifth, the Cardinals played even worse as they were blown out for the second game in a row thanks to the Nationals’ seven-run eighth inning.

Bryce Harper became the first opposing hitter in nearly 10 years to reach base six times in a game against the Cardinals as he had four of the Nationals’ 19 hits and also walked twice.

Starter Adam Wainwright failed to hold three separate leads as he was knocked out of the game before he could record an out in the fifth. The bullpen, with the exception of Trevor Rosenthal, once again put up a lot of crooked numbers.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Kolten Wong had a two-run double and Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup, and the cleanup spot, and went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs … Dexter Fowler continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 and struck out twice as his average dropped to .148 … Matt Carpenter showed signs of breaking out of his slow start with two hits, and Yadier Molina also had two hits and an RBI … Jedd Gyorko hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the ninth.

On the mound: Wainwright allowed a hit to the leadoff hitter in each of the five innings he was on the mound, and four of them scored. Wainwright allowed a total of 11 hits and only once was able to get out of an inning without a run scoring … The bullpen did not offer much relief as five of six inherited runners scored and the reliever’s combined ERA for the first seven games of the season rose to 8.86 …. The only relievers who were not charged with a run were Matt Bowman, although he did allow one of two inherited runners to score, and Trevor Rosenthal, the outlier of the night for the pitching staff as he struck out the side in the seventh on only 14 pitches in his first game of the year, being activated from the disabled list before the game.

Key stats: Brett Cecil has now allowed all four runners he has inherited to score, and that total is not included in his 15.00 ERA, which is only the third highest among Cardinal relievers. After giving up four runs in one-third of an inning Monday night, Kevin Siegrist’s ERA stands at 19.29 and after he allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning, Jonathan Broxton has a 16.88 ERA.

Worth noting: The last batter to reach base six times in a nine-inning game against the Cardinals were Cody Ransom and J.R. Towles who both did it on Sept. 20, 2007 in Houston’s 18-1 win … Harper was 4-of-4 and also walked twice, driving in three runs and scoring twice … The last time the Cardinals started the season 2-5 was in 2011.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn to the mound in the second game of the series on Tuesday night while Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to start for the Nationals.