Harrison Bader homered to spark a six-run fifth inning as the surging St. Louis Cardinals rallied past Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Marcell Ozuna put the Cardinals ahead 4-3 with a two-run single. Jose Martinez had an RBI double and Yadier Molina added a run-scoring single off Corbin, who took a 3-0 lead into the fifth.

Michael Wacha (2-0) went five innings after being activated from the 10-day injured list earlier in the day. The right-hander allowed three runs and four hits while striking out five.

St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader gestures after he hit a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Harrison Bader gestures after he hit a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jordan Hicks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his ninth save.

St. Louis has won three straight and eight of nine, while Washington fell to 1-9 in series openers this year.

After yielding only one hit through the first four innings, Corbin (2-1) let the Cardinals bat around in the fifth. He gave up six runs — five with two outs — in his first loss since joining the Nationals as a $140 million free agent from Arizona.

St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna (23) reacts next to Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams (15) after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna (23) reacts next to Washington Nationals first baseman Matt Adams (15) after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Following Bader’s solo homer, Corbin got Wacha to ground out but then allowed the next six batters to reach. Matt Carpenter walked and later scored on a wild pitch to Ozuna.

Molina’s single extended his hitting streak to 16 games, tying a career high.

Washington took a 3-0 lead in the second on a bases-loaded walk to Corbin and a two-run single by Adam Eaton.

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (49) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (49) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) was set to arrive in Washington. The 34-year-old reliever began the season on a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield, where he had allowed two runs in 11 innings.

Nationals: 3B Anthony Rendon (bruised left elbow) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game and the seventh time in eight after being hit by a pitch April 20 in Miami. “At this point, he’s almost day to day,” manager Dave Martinez said. … RHP Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection), placed on the 10-day injured list Friday, left for extended spring training in Florida without a timetable for his return.

St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna, left, Tyler O'Neill (41) and Harrison Bader, right, celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Marcell Ozuna, left, Tyler O’Neill (41) and Harrison Bader, right, celebrate after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

ROSTER MOVE

Washington recalled infielder Adrian Sanchez from Double-A Harrisburg. Sanchez was with the Nationals in early April but did not appear in a game. In the corresponding move, the team optioned RHP Erick Fedde — who pitched four scoreless innings on Sunday — to Double-A.

UP NEXT

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (2-2, 3.96 ERA) is 8-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 career games against Washington.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-3, 6.00) is still looking for his first win with Washington in his sixth start of the season.

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader (48) celebrates his home run with Paul DeJong (12) and Matt Carpenter (13) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Harrison Bader (48) celebrates his home run with Paul DeJong (12) and Matt Carpenter (13) during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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