Cardinals commit 5 errors in 7-0 loss to Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher Mike Leake throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Ryan Zimmerman belted his second home run of the spring and the Cardinals committed five errors as the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 7-0 on Saturday.

Second baseman Kolten Wong had an error and exited the game after bruising his knee diving for the ball, all in a three-run Washington fourth.

Wong said he landed directly on his left knee cap while diving after a bouncer hit by Wilson Ramos. The ball bounced off Wong's glove and caromed into right field.

After Chris Heisey's double off the left field wall moved Ramos to third, Danny Espinosa's grounder rolled through Wong's legs, allowing both Ramos and Heisey to score.

Zimmerman's blast came earlier in that inning. He drove a 3-2 Mike Leake offering over the left field wall.

St. Louis' defensive struggles continued in the sixth, when back-to-back errors by Ruben Tejada and Matt Carpenter led to three unearned Washington runs.