breaks tie in 10th, sends Cubs past Nats
Send a link to a friend
[September 07, 2018]
David Bote lined a tiebreaking
double to right-center in the top of the 10th inning, and Taylor
Davis added an RBI single later as the Chicago Cubs defeated the
Washington Nationals 6-4 in the opener of a four-game series
Thursday night at Nationals Park.
Albert Almora Jr. started the game-winning rally with a one-out
double off Jimmy Cordero (1-2) in the top of the frame. Bote
followed with his double, and even though Almora held up for a
moment to make sure the ball wasn't caught, he scored easily from
second base with the go-ahead run.
Davis came up later in the inning as a pinch hitter and sent a
run-scoring single to right, his first hit and RBI this season.
Davis pinch-hit for closer Pedro Strop (5-1), who earned the victory
for the Cubs thanks to a scoreless ninth. Jesse Chavez closed it in
the 10th and came away with his fourth save.
Washington starter Stephen Strasburg lasted 5 2/3 innings and
allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits but needed 111 pitches
to get that far. He missed about two months due to injuries and has
pitched better since returning from the disabled list in mid-August.
For Chicago, starter Kyle Hendricks also finished with a no-decision
after his five-inning effort. He gave up four runs (one earned) on
six hits and struck out six.
The game swung back and forth early on. Chicago took a 2-0 lead in
the third inning thanks to back-to-back RBI hits from Anthony Rizzo
(double) and Ben Zobrist (single).
[to top of second column]
Cubs third baseman David Bote (13) is congratulated by teammates
after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the
tenth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA
Washington answered with three in the fourth. Anthony Rendon drove
in the first run with a double, and Mark Reynolds later added a
two-run homer that gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead.
The Cubs tied it in the fifth thanks to a Zobrist sacrifice fly. But
Washington came back in the bottom of that inning on a Trea Turner
RBI single that gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead.
But Chicago came back and tied it once more in the top of the eighth
when Willson Contreras drove in a run on a fielder's choice against
Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1-for-5 in his first game in
Washington since being traded by the Nationals last month.
--Field Level Media
[© 2018 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2018 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thompson Reuters is solely responsible for this content.