National League Game Summary - Chicago at Washington
(Tuesday, September 4th)
Final Score: Washington 11, Chicago 5
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Adam LaRoche went 4-for-4 with two home runs
and the Nationals pounded six home runs as a team en route to an 11-5 drubbing
of the Chicago Cubs in the second installment of a four-game series on
Ian Desmond walloped a two-run homer and matched a career-high with four RBI,
while Tyler Moore also hit a two-run long ball. Jesus Flores and Ryan
Zimmerman all hit solo shots for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have won
three straight. Jayson Werth added an RBI single among his four hits in the
"What a great win," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "It was fun to
watch. We're in a pretty good place right now offensively."
Edwin Jackson (9-9) earned his second consecutive victory with 5 2/3 solid
innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk to go with eight
Alfonso Soriano ripped a solo home run and drove in three for the Cubs, who
have lost four in a row. Starlin Castro added a pair of RBI in the setback.
Chris Rusin (0-2), who was called up from Double-A Tennessee earlier on
Tuesday, took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits with a
walk and a strikeout over an inning-plus of work.
Washington jumped on top in its first turn up as Desmond ripped a fastball
from Rusin deep and over the wall in right-center field for a two-run shot,
and his 20th long ball of the season.
The Nats added three more runs in the second inning to knock Rusin from the
game. Flores began the frame with a towering homer to left-center field, while
Jackson singled and Werth followed with a double to put runners on second and
third. Desmond rocketed a double off the center field wall, scoring both
runners for a 5-0 lead.
"I just couldn't keep the ball down," Rusin said. "When I missed my spots they
capitalized, you have to give them credit. This is the big leagues and you
can't miss your spots here."
Chicago got on the board in the fourth via an RBI single by Castro, but the
Nats got the run right back in the home portion of the inning as LaRoche
blasted a fastball from Rafael Dolis into the left-center field seats, pushing
the Washington advantage to 6-1.
Following LaRoche's homer, Danny Espinosa doubled and Moore capped the inning
with another long ball -- this one for two runs -- to extend the lead to a
comfortable seven-run margin.
Chicago put together a two-out rally in the sixth to cut the deficit to four.
Luis Valbuena singled and Anthony Rizzo walked before Soriano smoked one high
off the center field wall for a two-run triple and Castro beat out an infield
hit to score Soriano.
Zimmerman made it a five-run game when he led off the sixth with a solo shot
and Werth singled home Bryce Harper in the seventh for a 10-4 Washington lead.
Soriano led off the eighth with a solo homer for the Cubs, but LaRoche
finished off the rout with a solo bomb to right for his second home run of the
In addition to Rusin and Dolis, the Cubs also recalled catcher Anthony Recker
from Tennessee as part of September roster expansions ... Six home runs
established a franchise record for homers in a home game since the team
relocated from Montreal in 2005 ... The Cubs fell to 40-26 when scoring at
least four runs in a game ... Washington is 61-17 when scoring first this
season ... Desmond also drove home four runs in his major league debut against
Philadelphia on Sept. 10, 2009 ... It was LaRoche's 19th career multi-homer
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