Carlos Beltran hit the last two of the Cardinals’ four homers and St. Louis chased an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann early in a 12-4 rout of the Washington Nationals on Monday in St. Louis that tied their NL division series at one game apiece.
Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also went deep to help the defending World Series champions build a big lead that compensated for a two-inning start from Jaime Garcia.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche hit consecutive homers in the fifth for the Nationals, who head home for the remainder of the best-of-five series.
Beltran homered twice in the postseason for the third time in his career, connecting in the sixth off Mike Gonzalez and eighth off Sean Burnett. Jon Jay had two hits and three RBIs, plus an outstanding catch at the center-field wall to deprive Danny Espinosa of extra bases in the sixth.
Orioles 3, Yankees 2: Chris Davis drove in two runs, and Wei-Yin Chen worked into the seventh inning as the Orioles evened the ALDS series in Baltimore.
Andy Pettitte, the career leader in postseason wins (19) and starts (43), failed to hold a 1-0 lead provided by Ichiro Suzuki’s acrobatic spin to touch home plate in the first inning. The 40-year-old left-hander, who came out of retirement last spring for moments like this, allowed three runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings, dropping his postseason mark to 19-11.
Davis’ two-run single in the third and Mark Reynolds’ RBI single in the sixth built a 3-1 lead.
Derek Jeter pulled the Yankees within 3-2 with an RBI single in the seventh.