WASHINGTON – Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning.
Bryce Harper didn’t get past the sixth inning either.
Lynn won his fourth straight start and delivered an RBI double after yet another error by Washington, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored three unearned runs to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals 4-3 Saturday.
Lynn (4-0) gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in becoming the NL’s first four-game winner.
Harper, meanwhile, was pulled after Nationals manager Matt Williams questioned the manner in which he ran out a comebacker leading off the sixth.
Lack of hustle. That’s why he came out of the game, Williams said. He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times.
Harper was left explaining an act of nonchalance.
I respect what he did, Harper said of Williams’ decision. That’s part of the game.
BREWERS 8, PIRATES 7: In Pittsburgh, Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth to lift Milwaukee.
BRAVES 7, METS 5: In New York, Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held on.
DODGERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6: In Los Angeles, Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and Los Angeles rallied from an four-run deficit.
ROCKIES 3, PHILLIES 1: In Denver, Jordan Lyles pitched effectively into the eighth and Colorado was aided by a reversed call that produced its first run in the.
PADRES 3, GIANTS 1: In San Diego, Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead San Diego.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 4: In Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Kansas City bullpen took over, shutting down Minnesota the rest of the way.
RAYS 16, YANKEES 1: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had six RBIs, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees.
RED SOX 4, ORIOLES 2: In Boston, Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera’s suicide squeeze, lifting Boston.
ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3: In Oakland, Calif., Josh Reddick hit an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting Oakland.
BLUE JAYS 5, INDIANS 0: In Cleveland, Mark Buehrle pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and remained unbeaten.
RANGERS 6, WHITE SOX 3: In Arlington, Texas, Colby Lewis pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly two years, Prince Fielder homered for Texas.
MARLINS 7, MARINERS 0: In Miami, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time since his no-hitter to end the 2013 season, pitching a two-hitter to power Miami.