Rendon homered and had 4 hits, inclusive of an RBI single in the eleventh inning, and the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
Juan Soto introduced three hits and Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 in six innings, helping Washington end off its first sweep of Chicago because of September 2012. The Nationals outscored the Cubs 23-10 in the three-game series.
Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Victor Caratini homered for Chicago, which had gained five in a row earlier than Washington rolled into town. Cole Hamels pitched the two-run ball into the sixth, helped through a couple of robust shielding performs behind him.
The Cubs fell four games at the back of Washington for the pinnacle spot in the wild-card standings.
“They labored some difficult at-bats in moments,” Chicago supervisor Joe Maddon said. “The massive distinction is they weren’t chasing out of the sector and we were. That’s the distinction in the series, primarily. I provide them credit.”
Washington grabbed the lead for true when Howie Kendrick scored on Tyler Chatwood’s wild pitch with Rendon at the plate in the 11th. Rendon then drove in Trea Turner with a single to left off Chatwood (5-2).
Daniel Hudson (7-3) pitched two best innings for his first win considering the fact that he was once acquired in a July 31 change with Toronto.
“What Daniel Hudson did for us these remaining two innings used to be absolutely incredible,” Martinez said.
The Cubs performed barring Anthony Rizzo, who was once sidelined via tightness in his back. The massive first baseman is day to day after leaving Saturday’s 7-2 loss in the fifth.
Kris Bryant hit a tying single off Strasburg in the sixth, however, the Nationals replied with three in the seventh. Soto made it 3-2 with a run-scoring single, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two greater with a base hit to right.
Chicago then went to work against Washington’s beleaguered bullpen.
Caratini homered against Hunter Strickland in the seventh. After Javier Baez walked with two outs in the eighth, Schwarber tied it at 5 with a force to left-center off Fernando Rodney for his thirtieth homer.
The crowd of 40,518 roared as Schwarber rounded the bases, however, that was it for Chicago. Nicholas Castellanos flew out to the warning tune in middle for the first out in the 10th.
“I missed it with the aid of a tiny bit, but there was a lot of wind,” Castellanos said.
Rendon put Washington in the front when he opened the fourth with a lengthy power to left on an 0-2 pitch from Hamels. The All-Star 1/3 baseman is batting .415 (22 for 53) at some stage in a 12-game hitting streak.
“I experience the actual same. … I simply try to preserve it simple,” Rendon said. “I try to continue to be inner the ball and I attempt to put the barrel on it. I strive not to do too much.”
For a while, it looked as if Rendon’s twenty-ninth homer may be adequate for Strasburg. But Russell tied it in the fifth, hitting a two-out drive into the basket in left for his seventh homer.