8 Oct 2012

Nationals ground Cardinals down to nab series lead

12:21 pm on 8 October 2012

The visiting Washington Nationals enjoyed a 3-2 win over baseball's defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in their Major League Baseball playoff debut for a 1-0 lead in their National League Division Series.

Rookie Tyler Moore delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the eighth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into the game-winning margin of victory for the Nationals.

The Cardinals, who beat the Atlanta Braves last week in a one-game wildcard showdown to advance to the division series, had a bases-loaded no-out opportunity in the bottom of the eighth inning but failed to score.

The best-of-five series resumes on Tuesday in St. Louis.