Nats Rally Comes Up Short Against Defending Champs

at Nationals Park on June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

By Michael Marzzacco

The Cubs got a jump start on a leadoff home run by Wilson Contreras and held off a furious Nats rally as they escaped with a 5-4 win. The Nationals will look to bounce back tonight at 7:05 p.m. with Max Scherzer on the hill.

That leadoff homer was the only run that Gio Gonzalez allowed as he was stellar the rest of the way. Gonzalez went six innings and allowed just two hits while striking out eight.

In the third inning, Bryce Harper got robbed by Cubs shortstop Javy Baez.

Cubs starter Eddie Butler went five innings allowing four hits while striking out one. The Nats would turn to their bullpen where Blake Treinen gave up one run in the eighth while Matt Grace gave up three in the ninth putting/

In the eighth inning, Baez did it again.

The Nats headed to the ninth inning on the brink of a shutout trailing 5-0. The Nationals have scored a run in every game this season and on Monday night they kept that streak going. Daniel Murphy led off with a double and Matt Wieters singled to right field to drive him in. Michael Taylor followed with a double to center field to put runners at second and third. Stephen Drew sent both runners home with a double into right field and just like that it was a 5-3 game. Trea Turner walked and Bryce Harper singled to load the bases. With Ryan Zimmerman up, Cubs reliever Wade Davis corked a wild pitch to score Wilmer Difo, who was pinch running for Drew. Davis would strike out Zimmerman to end the game.

The Nats and Cubs meet again tonight in the second game of the four-game series. It’ll be Jake Arrieta (7-5, 4.36 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (8-5, 2.09 ERA). First pitch from Nationals Park is at 7:05 p.m.



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