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Nationals blank Cubs 3-0 in 1st of 2 games

CHICAGO -- The Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, Saturday behind winning starter Gio Gonzalez, who allowed just two hits over seven innings. It was the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, the Cubs' first since July 4, 1983.

Righthander Dallas Beeler, who was called up from Triple A Iowa to make his major-league debut for the Cubs, was quite impressive.

"I think regardless of how it goes, it's a big weight lifted off the shoulders," Beeler said. "But I am very happy. I slept very well (Friday night), actually. I had to take a few deep breaths before I went to sleep, but I slept very well."

Beeler, who collected his first major league hit in the third inning, blanked the Nationals for the first five innings before Washington took a 1-0 lead in the sixth.

Denard Span led off with a bunt single, but he was picked off first by Beeler. Anthony Rendon then doubled to left and advanced to third on a passed ball by John Baker. Beeler uncorked a wild pitch while facing Adam LaRoche, allowing Rendon to score.

Beeler went six innings, allowing a run (unearned), on four hits. He fanned six and walked three (one intentional). Brian Schlitter took over and pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Nationals picked up two more runs in the eighth after Span singled and scored on a triple by Rendon. After Ryan Zimmerman walked, Cubs manager Rick Renteria called on lefthander Wesley Wright, who gave up a sacrifice fly to LaRoche to make it 3-0.

Carlos Villanueva then took over for Wright and retired Ian Desmond to end the inning.

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