Baseball / Sports

Nationals win 2 over Cubs, 3-0 and 7-2

CHICAGO -- After a 55-minute rain delay, the Chicago Cubs and Nationals resumed the second game of Saturday's split doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

But it wasn't worth waiting for as far as the Cubs were concerned. The Nationals prevailed 7-2 to sweep the twin-bill. But the teams split the four-game series.

Luis Valbuena had hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the fourth for the Cubs to tie the game 2-2. One out later, the tarp was put on the field.

Jeff Samardzija, who started Game 2, became unglued in the fifth inning as the Nationals sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs, including Ramos' homer, to take a 6-2 lead.

After Nate McLouth was hit by a pitch, singles by Rendon, Kevin Frandsen and Jayson Werth kept the line moving. Then LaRoche reached on an error by first baseman Anthony Rizzo to allow another run to score.

Dallas Beeler, who made his major league debut in the first game of Saturday's split double-header, may represent a part of the Cubs' future.

Samardzija may become part of the team's past if rumored trade possibilities come to fruition in the next month.

Beeler, 25, was impressive in the first game, allowing one unearned run over six innings before the Cubs succumbed, 3-0, to Gio Gonzalez and the Nats.

The Cubs entered the second game seeking to take three out of four from the first-place Nationals before heading to Boston to begin a three-game series Monday night.

"It would mean a lot (to win the series)," Cubs catcher John Baker said before the second game. "This is a very good baseball team that we're playing. I have a lot of respect for what (Nats manager) Matt Williams and his staff do. I think we kind of snuck up on them the first two games. But they were definitely prepared to pitch (in Saturday's first game)."

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Adam LaRoche led off with his 11th homer of the season deep into the rightfield bleachers. They added another run in the third when McLouth led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Treinen and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon to make it 2-0.

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