Washington goes deep to win series opener with St. Louis

washington nationalsA Danny Espinosa homer broke a seventh-inning tie, and Joe Ross was solid in a 2-1 Washington win over St. Louis on Thursday.

Ross (4-4, 2.52 ERA) allowed a run on six hits in seven innings of work, striking out four and walking one.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 13th save.

Aledmys Diaz homered for St. Louis (24-24), and Bryce Harper went deep for the Nats (29-19), Harper’s 12th of the season.

Anthony Rendon was 2-for-3 at the plate for Washington.

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