WIETERS’ GRAND SLAM LIFTS NATS OVER CUBS
CHICAGO» Matt Wieters hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Carl Edwards Jr. in Washington’s five-run eighth, helping the Nationals beat the Cubs 9-4 on Sunday.
Bryce Harper started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against Mike Montgomery. Ryan Zimmerman doubled against Edwards and Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Washington then grabbed control in a span of two pitches. Edwards (3-3) hit Anthony Rendon, tying it 4-4, and Wieters followed with a drive over the wall in center field for his third career grand slam.
Wieters drove in five runs overall and Brian Goodwin homered for the NL East leaders, who had dropped three of four.
Willson Contreras homered twice for Chicago. The Cubs closed a 2-4 homestand against contenders Arizona and Washington before pulling on leather vests and bandannas for their “Easy Rider”-themed six-game road trip out west.