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June 16, 2014

Adams homers again as Cardinals beat Nats 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams might want to have his father's visit last longer.

Adams homered for the third straight game — all with his father in attendance — and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep Sunday over the Washington Nationals.

Adams gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run shot on an 0-2 pitch, his sixth homer of the season. Adams' father, Jamie, has been visiting from Pennsylvania on Father's Day weekend.

"Unfortunately, he's going to go home," Adams said.

There were going to meet before Adams' father left for the airport.

"He might give me a big hug and start crying," Adams said. "He's an emotional guy."

Adams has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a torn calf muscle.

Holliday put St. Louis up 3-0 in the third with his fifth home run.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny never doubted his sluggers would start to hit the long ball after a slow start. The Cardinals are last in the National League in homers.

"We've been saying for months now these guys have done that," Matheny said. "It's not a surprise. It's not like these guys have never hit any home runs in their lives. I think that everybody just thought that we were either brainwashing them not to hit home runs or else they all lost it collectively and both of them are ridiculous."

Last year, Adams had 17 homers in 108 games and Holliday had 22 in 141 games.

"We knew that our power didn't go anywhere," Adams said. "We knew the type of hitters we are. We go out there on daily basis and grind through our at-bats."

Jaime Garcia (3-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and a run for St. Louis. He struck out six and walked two. Trevor Rosenthal got the final out for his 20th save.

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