Beltran homers twice as Cards rip Nats in Game 2

8:19 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Carlos Beltran belted two of four home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals as the defending World Series champions evened their National League Division Series with the Washington Nationals with a 12-4 Game 2 rout at Busch Stadium.

Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help the Cardinals rebound from a 3-2 loss in Sunday's opener, in which the Nationals tallied twice in the eighth inning to prevail. Beltran and Jon Jay each knocked in three runs on two hits in the win, with Craig finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Descalso contributing a pair of RBI as part of a 2-for-4 performance.

Lance Lynn (1-0) was credited with the victory after striking out five in three innings in relief of a laboring Jaime Garcia, despite surrendering back- to-back solo homers to Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche in the fifth.

Garcia was removed by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny after throwing 51 pitches and walking three batters while allowing a run in just two innings of work.

Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Mike Morse also collected two hits for the NL East-winning Nationals, with starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann coming through with an RBI single in a losing cause.

Zimmermann (1-1) wasn't as effective on the mound, lasting just three innings while being tagged for five runs on seven hits.

Game 3 of this best-of-five set will take place Wednesday in Washington, with veteran Chris Carpenter getting the call for St. Louis and ex-Cardinal Edwin Jackson tabbed to start for the Nationals.

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