The Washington Nationals put together a complete performance quite literally from beginning to end.
Max Scherzer did his part as the starting pitcher, and newcomers Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle finished up. Bryce Harper and Adam Lind also played major roles in a 3-2 home victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.
Scherzer struck out nine and gave up two runs over seven innings. In his previous outing, he was pulled after one inning because of neck spasms.
"It wasn't bothering me today. It was just weak," he said. "It's not a big deal."
Scherzer gave up only five hits, including a Giancarlo Stanton's major league-leading 37th home run and an RBI single by pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne, who stepped to the plate with a .036 lifetime batting average.
Harper homered, and Lind singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning. It was Lind's 13th pinch hit of the season and 10th RBI in that role.
It made a winner of Kintzler for the second day in a row. The All-Star, acquired July 31 from the Twins, pitched a scoreless eighth Monday after beating the Cubs on Sunday. Doolittle, another reliever acquired in July, got the last three outs for his sixth save.
Cincinnati 11, San Diego 3: Joey Votto homered for the third game in a row, giving him 251 to pull into a fifth-place tie with Ted Kluszewski on the career list for the host Reds.
St. Louis 11, Kansas City 3: Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning, and the Cardinals beat the host Royals to return to .500.
In 13 games at Kauffman Stadium, Carpenter is hitting .451 with four home runs and 14 RBI. He led off the game with a double. "I've always thought it's a good place to hit, but that's kind of the funny thing about baseball, when you get off to a good start, your confidence is high and that's the case here," he said.
The Royals have lost six of eight.
Carlos Martinez pitched eight innings of two-run ball for only his second victory in nine starts.
Pittsburgh 3, Detroit 0: Trevor Williams gave up one hit over seven dominant innings to outduel Jordan Zimmermann and lead the host Pirates over the Tigers.