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Nationals take rubber match from Cubs

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Denard Span legged out a double after poking one down the right field line to lead off the home eighth against Pedro Strop (1-4). Strop retired the next two batters and intentionally walked Adam LaRoche to set up a force at any base, but Zimmerman made him pay by lacing a single to left. LaRoche was tagged out trying for third to end the inning, but Span had already crossed the plate.

Tyler Clippard (6-2) escaped the eighth inning unscathed and Rafael Soriano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his 21st save of the season.

The Nats won their second straight game to take the series after dropping Friday's opener, and have now won seven of eight overall.

07/06 16:56:15 ET

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