WASHINGTON, D.C.--St. Louis is one win away from advancing to the national league championship series.
Wednesday afternoon, Chris Carpenter picked up his first victory since Game Seven of last year's World Series.
As the Cardinals handed Washington its second straight loss, and the National League's number one seed is in danger of a quick exit.
Carpenter still looking for his first win of 20-12.
St. Louis gives him the early lead, top of the first, Allen Craig smokes this past third into the left field corner, Matt Holliday rounds third and scores it's 1-nothing.
Carpenter was throwing b-b's he gets Mike Morse swinging in the bottom half.
Top of the second runners on the corners and Pete Kozma, Springfield class of 20-10 takes this deep to left, over the boards and gone, a three run shot and it's 4-nothing.
St. Louis gets more in the sixth, Daniel Descalso takes this deep to right, that's good enough to score Yadier Molina on the sac fly it's 5-nothing.
A bases loaded walk makes it 6-nothing.
Then in the eighth, Matt Holliday singles to left, Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran both score it's 8-nothing.
And St. Louis goes onto win 8-nothing, Carpenter getting the victory.
"It doesn't matter if I have one start, no starts or 35 starts, bottom line is you go out there on the mound and make pitches and eliminate all the distractions. And I was able to do that for the most part today," said Chris Carpenter.
"We had a runner on third less than two outs," said Pete Kozma. "I was just looking for a good pitch to hit to the outfield. And the first pitch he gave it to me and it went over the fence."