A long day trip to Washington turned into another long night for the Cubs, but it was all worth it after a nerve-racking 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Nationals in the controversial Sunday rain makeup game.
Javier Baez got married and rode in a single Ryan Zimmerman's glove in three runs, including the tenth launch clearance.
The Cubs went home with a 1½-game lead over the empty Brewers in the National League Central, with 16 remaining games.
In a game that had a bit of everything, the Cubs blew a lead in seventh and blew some late scoring chances to send it into extra innings. Kris Bryant's single-double started on the 10th before Daniel Murphy hit an infield hit that botched Wilmer Difo and brought Bryant to third place.
Baez concentrated on the first, bringing Bryant home with the starting gun.
The Cubs went 3-2 in the sixth round of Baez's solo homer, the first of a Cub since Victor Caratinis's Grand Slam Saturday in the second game of the Twin Tip in Washington. Steve Cishek escaped a jam on the floor of the innings and pulled back Adrian Sanchez on the right with two on and two out.
Carl Edwards Jr. finished seventh, pulling the first two batsmen back on fly-outs before making a two-way walk to Victor Robles, who then took second place. In a 11-game pitch against Trea Turner, the nationwide shortstop eventually sparked Edwards' headaches with an RBI over David Bote's head in the left, binding the score.
After Justin replaced Edwards Wilson Edwards, Turner stole the third place with ease, before Wilson intentionally left Bryce Harper on foot. Anthony Rendon flew out to end the inning and save the tie.
The Cubs started the eighth with singles by Anthony Rizzo and Bryant, and Baez was subjected to a one-time deliberate walk to load the bases. But Greg Holland promptly killed the rally by knocking out prizes players Willson Contreras and Ben Zobrist.
Turners mistake on Albert Almora Jr.'s Grounder in the ninth gave false hope when Terrence Gore made a nasty attempt to recruit Sean Doolittle, who tried to double Almora.
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery threw only four innings and went with a 2-1 lead in the fifth after 62 pitches.
The Cubs used eight relievers and got 1 2/3 scoreless innings from Pedro Strop, who got beaten in the 10th and grounded in an inning-ending double play. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, Strop injured his left hamstring and will be outside for a while.
Randy Rosario finished the match with a perfect 10th place and met Ryan Zimmerman to finish it.
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