MLB: St. Louis 12, Washington 2

Sept. 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A two-run homer by Yadier Molina in the second inning climaxed an early onslaught Friday that lifted St. Louis to a 12-2 crushing of Washington.

The Cardinals scored nine times during the first two innings to move closer to a wild card playoff spot.

St. Louis began the night with a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the battle for the second wild card position in the National League.

Washington starter Edwin Jackson (9-11) was hammered for eight earned runs while retiring only four batters. Jackson issued a bases-loaded walk to Carlos Beltran in the first inning, which also included run-scoring singles from Allen Craig and Pete Kozma.

Craig also had an RBI base hit during St. Louis' four-run second.

Despite the loss Washington stayed four games in front of Atlanta in the National League East with five to play. A win by the Nationals and a loss by the Braves on Saturday will give Washington the division crown.

Adam Wainwright (14-13) picked up the victory, surrendering one run on five hits in six innings.

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