National League Game Summary - Chicago at Washington|
(Monday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Washington 2, Chicago 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Washington left-hander Ross Detwiler
outdueled Chicago's Jeff Samardzija, and the NL East-leading Nationals
clinched the franchise's first winning season since 2003 by edging the
Chicago Cubs, 2-1, in the opener of a four-game set.
Detwiler (9-6) scattered four hits and three walks over seven scoreless
innings, while an Adam LaRoche solo home run was among the seven hits given
up by Samardzija (8-13) over his seven frames of work.
"He missed his spot with me and I put the bat on it," LaRoche said.
Jeff Beliveau replaced Samardzija to begin the eighth and Bryce Harper greeted
him with a leadoff single before scoring on a Ryan Zimmerman double into the
The run proved to be the difference in the game after Tyler Clippard gave up
an RBI base hit to Welington Castillo with two outs in the ninth, the Cubs'
lone hit with a runner in scoring position.
Castillo drove in Anthony Rizzo, who had led off with a single and advanced to
second base on defensive indifference. Tony Campana, the pinch runner, then
moved into scoring position on a botched pickoff attempt, but Clippard struck
out Josh Vitters to earn his 30th save.
"Any time you can play first-place teams, the games mean a lot and they're fun
games," Samardzija said.
The Washington franchise last posted a winning record when the Montreal Expos
went 83-79 nine years ago ... The Nationals, at 82-52, have recorded the most
wins since the club moved to Washington in 2005 ... LaRoche homered in the
second inning, a leadoff blast to right field ... Washington left fielder
Michael Morse left Monday's game with right thumb soreness ... The Cubs began
a 10-game trip and have now lost 14 of 15 on the road.
09/03 18:34:57 ET