Washington, D.C. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Tuesday night after Patrick Wisdom drove home the game-winning run in the 11th inning.
Victor Arano (1-1) was facing Wisdom when Wisdom led off the inning with a double down the left-field line, scoring Willson Contreras who had advanced automatically. After a wild pitch advanced Wisdom to third, Seiya Suzuki’s single brought him home.
For Chicago, Mark Leiter Jr. worked the 11th inning for his first save after Brandon Hughes (2-1) pitched the 10th.
Contreras’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Cubs a 5-4 advantage, but Nationals prospect C.J. Abrams, who was brought up from Rochester’s Triple-A on Monday, singled home Alex Call to record his first hit for Washington. In the exchange that brought Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego, Abrams was acquired.
In the eighth inning, Luke Voit and Lane Thomas hit solo home runs off Rowan Wick of Chicago to knot the score at four.
For the Cubs, Franmil Reyes singled and hit a home run.
Justin Steele, the Cubs’ starter, went six innings while giving up one unearned run on five hits. He had two walks and five strikeouts.
For Washington, Patrick Corbin went six innings while allowing four runs on six hits. He had been left out of the rotation the previous time around after posting a 25.41 ERA in three starts, with two of those appearances seeing him ejected in the first inning.
For the Nationals, rookie outfielder Joey Meneses extended his hitting streak to 10 games while César Hernández had two doubles and a single.
Washington closed the gap to 4-2 in the sixth on an RBI single from Ildemaro Vargas.
The Cubs increased their lead to three runs in the fourth inning on RBI hits from Nico Hoerner and P.J. Higgins. In the sixth, Reyes’ home run made it 4-0.
Bears: OF Ian Happ had a night off on the calendar.
Country: C Keibert Ruiz was not in the starting lineup but came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning after being hit on the mask by two foul tips and subsequently fouling a ball off his right leg on Monday.
Cubs up next: LHP Drew Smyly (5-6, 3.63 ERA) has made five starts in his career at Nationals Park and is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
Players: RHP On Wednesday, Corey Abbott (0-2, 5.94) gets his first start against his former team. He made one start and pitched in seven games for the Cubs in 2021.
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