St. Louis Cardinals defeat Washington Nationals, 3-2

The Cardinals' new-look lineup and a hard-luck Brendan Ryan seemed destined for a faulty finish Tuesday until Ryan Ludwick reversed that fate with one swing.

Ludwick snapped a tie in the eighth inning with his two-out home run that powered the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory against Washington at Busch Stadium. Ludwick's homer, the Cardinals' second of the game, came on the pitch after pinch runner Ryan was picked off first base to seemingly kill a rally.

Ludwick altered ...