Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Nationals 3

August, 11, 2011
8/11/11
4:39
PM CT
By ESPNChicago.com
ESPNChicago.com


CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh to put the Cubs up 4-1. But the Nationals fought back, trailing 4-2 heading into the ninth. Carlos Marmol then loaded the bases, but escaped after yielding just one run. Ryan Dempster won his third straight, by going seven innings.

What it means: The Cubs won their third straight series.

Outside the box: Kerry Wood has struck out eight straight batters, tying Juan Cruz's (2003) club record. The record is since the mound was lowered in 1969. Andrew Cashner threw a side session and felt good as he prepares to face live hitters on Saturday. Starlin Castro's 10-game hit streak was snapped.

Up next: Carlos Zambrano (9-5, 4.46) vs. Atlanta's Mike Minor (1-2, 4.85).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .280
HRA. Rizzo 20
RBIS. Castro 51
RA. Rizzo 59
OPSA. Rizzo .899
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104