Murphy has 5 RBIs in Nats' 8-3 win over Cards

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The second-year big leaguer allowed just five home runs all of last season, 79 2/3 innings in total, and never did so in back-to-back games.

Gonzalez surrendered six runs and six hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 4.2 innings of a 9-4 loss to the Cards last May 28 at Nationals Park.

St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan has given up an earned run for his third straight appearance, as the usually reliable right-hander remained in a funk in the early going of the 2017 season.

Jayson Werth led off the last of the fourth with a solo homer - his third in eight games - to give the Nationals a 3-2 edge. With the Cardinals trailing 7-3 in the eighth, Oh allowed a two-out double to Bryce Harper, who hammered a 96-mph fastball to left.

After going 4 for 4 with two walks in a 14-6 win Monday, Harper's three walks Tuesday helped him match a stretch from May 7 and 8 of past year.

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Harper drove in three runs during his first four-hit game since April 17, 2013.

Harper on his third hit slid at first base on a bunt single during the sixth. By June 4, the 2015 NL MVP's average had dipped to.238. "He was good to play today, but with the lefty matchup given the opportunity for Martinez to get in there and have a start", manager Mike Matheny said.

Dusty Baker the manager for the Nationals said his decision that put shortstop Trea Turner on the disabled list with a hamstring strain was easier to make due to the new Major League Baseball 10-day DL. Rendon missed Opening Day with a bruised calf.

Wainwright had a 5-3 lead when he came on for the fifth, but a Drew double cut the lead to one and ended Wainwright's night. St. Louis Cardinals Randal Grichuk (15) celebrates with teammate after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Washington Nationals Jayson Werth is greeted at home plate by teammate Daniel Murphy after hitting a three run home in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 30, 2016.