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Wainwright uses arm, bat to lift Cardinals past Nats 9-4

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Harper slams batting helmet after flyout (0:13)

Bryce Harper flies out in the Nats' game against the Cardinals and takes it out on his batting helmet. (0:13)

WASHINGTON -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven gritty innings and made an ample contribution at the plate, hitting a two-run double to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Washington Nationals 9-4 Saturday night.

Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who took control with a four-run second inning highlighted by Wainwright's fifth extra-base hit of the season.

With two on, two outs and a run in, Wainwright lined the first pitch from Gio Gonzalez (3-3) into the left-center gap. Matt Carpenter, activated from the paternity list before the game, followed with an RBI double for a 4-0 lead. That started Wainwright (5-3) on a path to his fifth straight win. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits -- including a career-record tying three home runs. He struck out five and walked none.

Ryan Zimmerman went 4 for 4 with two homers, and Bryce Harper hit a solo shot for the Nationals.