“When we didn’t play good defense, we ended up getting beat,” Descalso said. “When they didn’t play good defense, they ended up getting beat. So that was kind of the way the series went.”
Washington had lost eight of the previous nine meetings with the Cardinals.
Miller left with the lead after pitching 5 1-3 innings. He also hit a two-out RBI double off Strasburg in the fourth.
St. Louis starting pitchers had an RBI in three of the four games against Washington. Miller allowed four hits, striking out seven and walking five.
Matt Adams doubled twice and scored for the Cardinals.
Harper started in left field and went 1 for 4. The two-time All-Star was pulled from the game a day earlier for what manager Matt Williams called a “lack of hustle” after he failed to run out a comebacker to the mound.
The two spoke before Sunday’s game.
NOTES: Cardinals OF Matt Holiday didn’t play. It was a day of rest, manager Mike Matheny said. ... St. Louis will recall LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis to start at the New York Mets and send RHP Jorge Rondon to Memphis before Monday night’s series opener. Last season, Lyons finished 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 appearances, including eight starts for the Cardinals. He replaces RHP Joe Kelly (strained left hamstring), who was put on the disabled list Thursday.
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