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Cardinals' slugger Matt Adams breaks up tie with 7th inning HR off Stephen Strasburg

St. Louis Cardinals' slugger Matt Adams took a 95 mph 3-1 fastball out to right in the seventh inning tonight and lifted the Cards over the Washington Nationals for the second straight win in Busch Stadium. It was his 2nd HR in two games since coming off the DL.

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St. Louis Cardinals' slugger Matt Adams homered in his first at bat off the DL last night in the Cards' 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals, and tonight in Busch Stadium the 25-year-old, 2009 23rd Round pick out of Slippery Rock University took the no.1 overall pick of his Draft class deep for his second home run in two games, breaking up a 1-1 tie with his fifth blast of the season.

After the game, Adams spoke to's Ken Rosenthal about the seventh inning at bat against Strasburg and the home run that lifted the Cardinals to what ended up being a 4-1 win for two straight over the Nationals.

"I was just trying to see a ball up," Adams said. "He likes his fastball and I just battled. I got ahead 2-0 and then I chased his changeup, and then [he] threw a ball, 3-1, and I was just ready for that heater and he left it down and in for me."

"I got ahead 2-0 and then I chased his changeup, and then [he] threw a ball, 3-1, and I was just ready for that heater..." -Matt Adams to's Ken Rosenthal

The pitch 3-1 pitch, Strasburg's 91st of the game, wasn't a bad one, coming in just below the knees inside, but Adams turned it around and sent it sailing out to right give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead and they added two more runs in the seventh to go up 4-1 on the Nationals, who dropped their third straight game after winning three straight against the Giants earlier this week.

Starsburg ended his outing after 6 ⅔ innings in Busch Stadium with a 3.06 ERA, a 2.41 FIP, 20 walks (1.91 BB/9) and 113 Ks (10.82 K/9) in 94 innings.

Adams 1 for 4 night at the plate left him with a .328/.340/.502 line, 16 doubles, two triples and five home runs in 54 games and 209 plate appearances.

Strasburg and Adams' fellow '09 Draft pick, Shelby Miller, the 19th overall pick in the first round that year, received no decision after giving up just one run on four hits in 6 ⅔. After the outing, the 23-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA a bit to 3.42 on the year to go with a 4.62 FIP, 38 walks (4.06 BB/9) and 60 Ks (6.40 K/9) 14 starts and 84 ⅓ IP.

With the loss, the Nationals dropped to 0-6 in St. Louis since they last won a game in the Cards' home in 2012 and 5-21 overall in Busch Stadium since it opened in 2006.

• We talked about Miller, Strasburg, Mt. Adams and more on tonight's edition of Nats Nightly, our mostly nightly post game radio show (which is archived on our front page and available on iTunes!):

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