Cubs rally to beat Nats 2-1, take 2-1 series lead

Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 at home on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their National League Division Series.

Game 4 of the best-of-five series will be in Chicago on Tuesday, with the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta starting against the Nationals’ Tanner Roark.

Washington starter Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday, but he was pulled from the game with a 1-0 lead after Ben Zobrist doubled with one out in the seventh inning. Scherzer, who has been dealing with a right hamstring injury, threw 98 pitches.

Left-handed reliever Sammy Solis gave up a game-tying single to pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. A baserunning error by Jason Heyward and a fly out ended the inning.

The Cubs received a strong outing from starter Jose Quintana, who allowed one unearned run through 5 2/3 innings, and the Nationals were unable to put anything together against three Chicago relievers.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a scoreless top of the eighth inning. Rizzo broke the tie with a looping single that fell between three defenders with two outs in the bottom of the inning, scoring pinch-runner Leonys Martin.

Wade Davis retired the Nationals in order in the ninth inning to record his second save of the series.

The Nationals’ lone run of the game came in the sixth inning. With two outs, Daniel Murphy hit a fly ball that left fielder Kyle Schwarber dropped, and then committed a second error while attempting to pick it up. Murphy wound up on second base, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon removed Quintana from the game.

Pedro Strop entered and allowed a an RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman to give Washington the lead.

NOTES: Roark, 31, is from Wilmington, Ill., about 60 miles south of Chicago. He is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in five career games at Wrigley Field. … Arrieta last pitched on Sept. 26, when he lasted just three innings. He will make his eight career playoff start.



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