PITTSBURGH -- It took a rare team meeting for the Washington Nationals to get what lately has been a rare victory when Stephen Strasburg starts.
Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and the Nationals won one of his outings for the first time since opening day by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Saturday.
"I was absolutely happy about getting through the seventh inning," Strasburg said. "The biggest thing is to give your team a chance to win the ballgame. Not every game are you going to be lights out and hitting every spot."
Strasburg remained winless since his first start, though. He allowed four runs and five hits - all of Pittsburgh's offense coming on two-run homers by Starling Marte and Clint Barmes.
Strasburg is 1-4 with a 3.45 ERA in seven starts this season.
"I thought (Strasburg) threw really well," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "He made one good pitch after another. He only made two bad pitches all day, a couple over the heart of the plate that they hit out of the park. But he held us in the game and did a good job."
Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson (1-1) to score Ryan Zimmerman, who was on third after an unlikely double steal.
Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche had combined for 36 steals in 2,219 games and none this season when they took off and got good enough jumps that Pirates catcher Russell Martin didn't even bother throwing.
"We know who has what times (to the plate), what guys are slow and what guys are fast and what guys give a guy like me an actual chance to steal a base," said Zimmerman, whose steal of third was the first of his career (see full recap).
Jay's big day leads Cards past Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals never quit.
Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
"You saw a little bit of their relentless approach," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It helps guys to know that if they stay with it, they can come back."
Stay with it was exactly what St. Louis did three times to take the series from the Brewers and a win Sunday gives them a sweep of the four-game series.
St. Louis struck last with a manufactured run in the ninth that game them their fifth win in a row.
Shane Robinson, who came in as part of a double switch in the bottom of the eighth, singled to center and then took second on center fielder Carlos Gomez's fielding error off Jim Henderson (2-1) who started the ninth for Milwaukee with the game tied at 6. Robinson stole third and then scored when Jay singled up the middle, the last lead change in a back-and-forth game.
"When we go out there and we battle, we've got a pretty good offense," Jay said (see full recap).
Pearce lifts Orioles over Angels in 10
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Steve Pearce's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold.
Garrett Richards (1-3) making his first relief appearance after five starts in place of the injured Jered Weaver, gave up a leadoff single through the box by Adam Jones. Jones was forced on a grounder by Reimold who advanced to second on Hardy's grounder before Pearce lined an 0-1 pitch to right field for the deciding run.
Tommy Hunter (1-1) pitched one inning to get the win.
Freddy Garcia allowed two runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in his Orioles debut after getting staked to a 4-0 lead. The 36-year-old right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh before Erick Aybar led off with a looping single to center.
Mark Trumbo then drove a 2-1 delivery into the left field bullpen for his eighth homer and fifth in six game (see full recap).