ST. LOUIS (AP) — The timing was perfect for Matt Adams' dad to make a weekend visit to Busch Stadium. The burly first baseman is playing well after a stint on the 15-day disabled list, giving Jamie Adams a lot to smile about.
"I think anybody here would like to have their parents around, especially on Father's Day weekend," Adams said after hitting the go-ahead home run for the second straight game in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
"Tonight was a little better," Adams said. "Coming the day before Father's Day is great."
Adams connected against Stephen Strasburg in St. Louis' three-run seventh inning, driving a 3-1 offering over the wall in right-center. On Friday, he homered on his first swing in his return from a left calf strain, lifting St. Louis to a 1-0 victory.
"I think I'm just waiting out the pitchers," Adams said. "I went down to Memphis to get my timing back and my confidence is up."
The Cardinals batted around in the seventh with the help of two infield hits, a hit batter and two walks, one of them by Matt Holliday with the bases loaded against Drew Storen. Allen Craig added an infield hit off Storen on a slow tapper halfway down the third-base line.
"What can you say?" Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton said. "They've been throwing good and today was one of those days."
Jayson Werth had an RBI double in the first for the Nationals, who managed just four hits for a two-day total of six. It's their first series loss since losing a pair to Miami from May 26-28, and they will try to avoid a three-game sweep in the series finale Sunday.
St. Louis reliever Randy Choate (1-2) needed one pitch to escape a bases-loaded threat in the seventh after a strong start from Shelby Miller, who gave up four hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pat Neshek worked a perfect eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 19th save in 22 chances.
Strasburg allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings in his first career appearance in St. Louis. It was his 11th consecutive quality start, but he dropped to 5-3 with a 2.22 ERA in that stretch that began April 20 when he gave up two runs in six innings at home against the Cardinals.
Strasburg didn't pitch in the 2012 NL division series against St. Louis after the Nationals shut him down the final month of the season. They lost a five-game series.
"It was just fun to finally get a chance to pitch here," Strasburg said. "I wanted to go out there and give it everything I had and I feel like I did that, so I can sleep easy tonight."