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.