The Washington Nationals offense has some pay back for the pitching staff. Wednesday, was an excellent initial step towards that big “thank you” card. The Nationals thumped the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-0, behind four home runs, easily providing enough insurance for Livan Hernandez’s 50th complete game of his career.

The shutout was Hernandez’s ninth career whitewashing. He allowed only three hits and walked none with six strikeouts.

Michael Morse, who blasted two home runs, said with Hernandez pitching so well, it got the hitters really in tune and they delivered against Cardinals pitchers Kyle McClellan and Ryan Franklin. Since the fifth inning Tuesday, the Nationals have outscored the Cardinals, 17-0.

“We are having some good at-bats,” Morse said. “The offense is coming around. Especially when {Livo} is out there pitching a tremendous game, your focus gets even more crisp right there. We did have a lot of patience today. Guys got their pitches and didn’t miss it.”

Danny Espinosa and Jayson Werth also slammed home runs. Roger Bernadina, Morse and Pudge Rodriguez each dished out three hits.

The Nationals have won a season-high five games in a row and five of their last six games at home against St. Louis. Morse has now hit 27 of his 33 career home runs


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