Nats Blow Past Cubs

Washington 4, Chicago 2

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    Washington Nationals' Scott Hairston, right, steps around a ball he hit in front of the plate as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo reaches to field it during the second inning.

    Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and drove in a run, Bryce Harper had two hits and scored a crucial ninth-inning run, and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night.

    Zimmerman had two doubles and could have had four hits as he lined out to third base in the third inning to start a double play and hit a hard shot at the center-fielder in the seventh.

    Haren (8-11) kept the Cubs off-balanced and frustrated despite not throwing a pitch faster than 89 all night. Rafael Soriano gave up a leadoff homer to Donnie Murphy in the ninth before getting the last three outs for his 32nd save in 38 chances.

    Cubs starter Chris Rusin (2-3) gave up two runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.