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Molina's error helps Nationals beat Cardinals 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's throwing error combined with Michael Wacha's wild pitch to allow two unearned runs in the seventh inning, breaking a tie and helping Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 3-1 Friday night.

Gonzalez (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk as Washington ended an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis that dated to Game 5 of the teams' 2012 NL division series.

Wacha (2-1) gave up five hits and one earned run. But a night after the Nationals made three errors - they initially were charged with four, but one was changed to a hit Friday - it was the Cardinals' turn to be sloppy.


'40-and-up club': Ageless Hopkins after more belts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernard Hopkins says he's representing the "40-and-up club" as he tries to become the oldest fighter to unify world titles.

At age 49, the IBF light heavyweight will try to capture the WBA and IBA belts from Beibut Shumenov on Saturday at the D.C. Armory.

Hopkins's record is 54-6-2, and he won his first world championship when Shumenov was 11 years old.

Says Hopkins: "I'm defending something bigger than my title - my legendary, 20-plus-year legacy. That's more important than anything around my waist."

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