WASHINGTON — Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs saved their finest for final — unhealthy information for a Nationals bullpen that is having a tough sufficient time as it’s.
Bryant matched a profession excessive with three house runs and drove in 5 whereas the Cubs piled on in opposition to Washington’s bullpen in a 14-6 win Friday evening.
Bryant went deep within the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, making him the 12th participant to homer in three straight innings.
“It is tied for first, I suppose. I do not know. The opposite (three-homer recreation) in Cincinnati was nice. I had yet another hit there,” Bryant mentioned. “It was only a nice evening throughout. Myself, quite a lot of the remainder of us had nice at-bats.”
Bryant completed with 4 hits and prolonged his on-base streak to 26 video games, a profession finest and the longest lively run within the majors.
“Now we have seen him hit the ball constantly more durable during the last two or three weeks,” Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned. “He appears to be like like he (did) a few years in the past, and he’s additionally reacting with the identical form of confidence. It is a good factor to look at proper now.”
Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras additionally homered to assist the NL Central-leading Cubs (26-16) snap a two-game skid. Javier Baez prolonged the majors’ longest hitting streak to 15 video games.
Contreras additionally had 4 hits. His ninth-inning homer off Matt Grace capped an 11-run barrage for the Cubs in opposition to the Nationals’ beleaguered bullpen.
Schwarber broke open a one-run recreation within the eighth with a two-run homer in opposition to Kyle Barraclough that concluded a 13-pitch at-bat. Bryant adopted two pitches later together with his 10th homer.
“The bullpen holds us, completely different ballgame,” Nationals supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned. “They simply could not do it tonight.”
Chicago starter Cole Hamels (Four-Zero) received for the fourth time in 5 begins. The left-hander tossed 5 efficient innings, squirming out of two bases-loaded jams, because the Cubs improved to 7-2 in his 9 begins this season.
The one injury Hamels allowed was a two-run house run to Anthony Rendon within the third inning.
Washington (18-26) has but to win three in a row this season and has dropped all six of Max Scherzer’s house begins.
Scherzer (2-5) struggled together with his command over six innings. He walked a season-high 4 and gave up a two-run homer to Almora, his fourth of the season, within the second. Scherzer additionally struck out eight earlier than exiting.
Trea Turner went 2 for five in his return from a damaged proper index finger that saved the Nationals shortstop out of the lineup for 38 video games.
Almora made a diving catch in heart discipline to rob Juan Soto of successful within the ninth inning.
The Nationals fell to 2-13 in collection openers this season.
“We’re simply not getting the job executed,” second baseman Brian Dozier mentioned. “We preached, ‘Gotta win the primary recreation.’ However on the identical time, we have not executed a superb job at that. There is not any higher technique to repair that than to simply begin successful them.”
Cubs: Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo (again) returned to the lineup after lacking 4 video games and went 1 for five with a strikeout and run scored.
Nationals: OF Victor Robles was hit on the left wrist by a pitch and left the sport within the fourth inning. Martinez mentioned Robles had a contusion on the wrist, however X-rays have been adverse…RHP Justin Miller suffered a rotator-cuff pressure in his temporary aid look and can probably bear an MRI Saturday…RHP Anibal Sanchez was positioned on the 10-day injured listing (strained left hamstring)
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (Three-1, 1.16) has not allowed an earned run in his final begins. He is 2-2 with a Four.25 ERA in seven profession begins in opposition to the Nationals.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (Three-Three, Three.63) has misplaced his final two begins. He’s 1-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six profession begins in opposition to the Cubs.