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Adams Homers Again as Cardinals Beat Nats 5-2

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 14: Trevor Rosenthal #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with Yadier Molina #4 as Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals looks on after a game at Busch Stadium on June 14, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – JUNE 14: Trevor Rosenthal #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with Yadier Molina #4 as Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals looks on after a game at Busch Stadium on June 14, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams homered for the third straight game — all with his father in attendance — and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep Sunday over the Washington Nationals.

Adams gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run shot on an 0-2 pitch, his sixth homer of the season. Adams’ father, Jamie, has been visiting from Pennsylvania on Father’s Day weekend.

Adams has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a torn calf muscle.

Holliday put St. Louis up 3-0 in the third.

Jaime Garcia (3-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and a run for St. Louis. He struck out six and walked two. Trevor Rosenthal got the final out for his 20th save.

Washington’s Doug Fister (5-2) had his five-start winning streak snapped. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.

St. Louis has won 12 of the last 14 regular-season meetings with Washington. The Nationals are 2-18 in the newest version of Busch Stadium.

The Nationals loaded the bases in three innings, stranded 10 runners and scored on two bases loaded walks.

Garcia pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second. Third baseman Matt Carpenter caught Sandy Leon’ grounder on a short hop and threw out Scott Hairston at home. Garcia then struck out Fister.

Jayson Werth drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1.

St. Louis got the run back in the fifth, when Kolton Wong snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holliday, who has 999 RBIs in his career.

Craig doubled home Holliday in the seventh for a 5-1 lead.

Rosenthal walked pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche in the ninth with the bases loaded to make it 5-2.

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