Zimmerman lifts Nats over Cubs
CHICAGO — Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.
Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16-for-45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.
Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark win his fourth straight start.
Mike Moustakas hit a tworun double in the eighth inning, Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save, and Milwaukee rallied to win at Atlanta. Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.
Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins beat host Detroit. Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees. He was recalled from Class AAA Rochester on Friday.
Rain pouring off his hat, Aroldis Chapman struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm to end the game, preserving New York’s win over visiting Texas.
David Price struck out 10 over six sparkling innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two solo homers, and Boston beat host Baltimore in the opener of a split doubleheader.
Trevor Bauer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning before getting struck in the right leg by a line drive, and Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs to lift Cleveland to a victory at Chicago.
Jack Flaherty struck out nine in seven innings, and St. Louis beat host Kansas City for its fourth consecutive victory.
Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart’s two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth inning and host Cincinnati beat Arizona.
Willy Adames drove in the decisive run, and Tampa beat host Toronto, its seventh win in eight meetings with the Blue Jays this season.