Scherzer brilliant, but Cubs beat Nats ‘pen to take 2-1 NLDS lead
WASHINGTON -- For the second time in the National League Division Series, the Washington Nationals got an incredible outing from their starting pitcher, but couldn’t find a way to win. The Chicago Cubs didn’t have a hit through the first six innings, but plated runs in the seventh and eighth to win 2-1 at Wrigley Field and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NLDS.
The Nationals struck first, as Daniel Murphy reached on a two-out error by Kyle Schwarber in the top of the sixth, which chased Cubs starter Jose Quintana. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a double off reliever Pedro Strop to push Washington in front, 1-0.
Meanwhile, Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh, but was lifted after Ben Zobrist’s one-out double. Dusty Baker called on lefty Sammy Solis, but pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. delivered the game-tying RBI-single.
Then, with two outs and a runner at second in the eighth, Anthony Rizzo’s bloop off reliever Oliver Perez dropped in no man’s land between Michael Taylor, Jayson Werth and Trea Turner, plating the go-ahead run. Wade Davis tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the series.
First pitch of Game 4 is scheduled for 5:38 p.m. ET Tuesday (4:38 p.m. local time) with right-handers Tanner Roark and Jake Arrieta on the mound.