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Nationals 4, Cubs 3

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WASHINGTON -- Livan Hernandez doesn't expect a minor leg injury to get in the way of his impressive streak.

Hernandez won his fifth consecutive start, Vinny Castilla had a two-run single, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Saturday night.

Hernandez (6-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings before leaving because of soreness in his right knee. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked none and struck out six -- all after enduring a lengthy rain delay at the start of the game.

"I'll be all right," Hernandez said, adding that he hurt the back of his leg in his last start in Arizona. "I pitched today, so maybe I'll pitch better and better."

It is Hernandez's longest streak since winning six straight starts from June 28-Aug. 4, 1997, his rookie year with the Florida Marlins.

"He gutted it out as long as he could," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "I certainly appreciate that."

Chicago had a three-game winning streak snapped and the Nationals halted a three-game skid.

"My guys battled back. We had action," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "Boy, it's hard coming up short like this."

Gary Majewski pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Hernandez, and Chad Cordero allowed Corey Patterson's RBI single in the ninth before getting his eighth save in 10 chances.

The start of the game was delayed for 2 hours, 40 minutes by severe thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rain. When play was finally ready to resume, Cubs leadoff hitter Patterson had to wait an extra two minutes for the gate in the center-field wall to be closed.

During the torrential downpour, gusty wind blew the large metal tube on which the tarp is rolled from the warning track in left-center field into short right-center field, a distance of about 200 feet, with the crowd cheering its progress.

The Cubs appeared to complain about the condition of their bullpen, and starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano's warmups were delayed until additional drying compound could be applied to mound.

In previous games, the RFK Stadium grounds crew struggled to get the tarp down during storms and large puddles appeared in the infield. This time, the grounds crew drew praise.

"It looked worse than it was," Robinson said. "Once they took the tarp off and fixed the field, it was good."

Zambrano (3-2) helped himself to a 1-0 lead in the second, doubling with two outs for the Cubs' first hit and scoring on Patterson's ground-rule double.

Zambrano retired his first nine batters before running into trouble in the fourth and eventually leaving the game with what trainer Mark O'Neal called "tennis elbow." Baker said Zambrano will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Washington sent nine men to the plate in the fourth and went ahead 4-1. The Nationals loaded the bases with one out before a two-run single by Castilla, who snapped a 3-for-24 slump, then increased the lead on RBI singles by Ryan Church and Cristian Guzman.

"That's what we've been missing," Robinson said. "We're only getting one (big) hit. Tonight we got the second and third hits. ... Instead of scoring one run, we scored four."

Pinch-hitter Jose Macias' run-scoring single got Chicago to 4-2 in the fifth.

Notes

Before the game, the Nationals traded OF Endy Chavez to Philadelphia for OF Marlon Byrd. ... Washington SS Cristian Guzman started for the first time since May 9. He had been sidelined with a left hamstring strain. ... Patterson has hit safely in 27 of the Cubs' 35 games.
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

L. Hernandez
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
Chicago

C. Patterson
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Corey Patterson, CF5022014 .266
Neifi Perez, SS5000005 .283
Derrek Lee, 1B5010022 .364
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000011 .250
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4010000 .291
Jason Dubois, LF4110022 .261
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3010010 .255
Henry Blanco, C3010002 .143
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH0100000 .000
Carlos Zambrano, P1110000 .350
    Cliff Bartosh, P00000001.000
   b- Jose Macias, PH1011000 .235
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Hollandsworth, PH1000012 .202
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   d- Michael Barrett, PH1010000 .262
Totals3731030818 
a-hit by pitch for Blanco in the 9th
b-singled for Bartosh in the 5th
c-struck out for Wellemeyer in the 7th
d-singled for Ohman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Patterson (2, Hernandez), Jason Dubois (4, Hernandez), Carlos Zambrano (2, Hernandez)
RBI - Corey Patterson 2 (16), Jose Macias (1)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Patterson (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Perez-Hairston-Lee
E - Jason Dubois (2, Wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (L,3-2) 3.1444040 4.09
Cliff Bartosh 0.2000000 2.31
Todd Wellemeyer 2100000 2.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1.1100000 3.60
Will Ohman 0.2000120 0.00
IBB - Castilla by Will Ohman
HBP - N. Johnson (by Carlos Zambrano), Schneider (by Carlos Zambrano)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 61-40, Cliff Bartosh 4-3, Todd Wellemeyer 24-18, LaTroy Hawkins 16-10, Will Ohman 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 4-3, Cliff Bartosh 1-0, Todd Wellemeyer 2-4, LaTroy Hawkins 2-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 17, Cliff Bartosh 1, Todd Wellemeyer 7, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Will Ohman 3
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF4110010 .294
Jamey Carroll, 2B3110000 .333
Jose Guillen, RF4010023 .301
Nick Johnson, 1B3100012 .317
Vinny Castilla, 3B3112100 .294
Ryan Church, LF4011022 .288
Brian Schneider, C2000000 .263
Cristian Guzman, SS3011000 .223
Livan Hernandez, P2000001 .227
    Gary Majewski, P1000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals29464168 
Batting
2B - Brad Wilkerson (14, Zambrano), Jose Guillen (8, Hawkins)
SH - Jamey Carroll (4)
RBI - Vinny Castilla 2 (22), Ryan Church (15), Cristian Guzman (6)
Team LOB - 5
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (W,6-2) 6.1522060 3.90
Gary Majewski (H,3) 1.2300010 1.98
Chad Cordero (S,8) 1211010 1.06
HBP - Hairston (by Livan Hernandez), Fontenot (by Chad Cordero)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 102-71, Gary Majewski 29-19, Chad Cordero 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 3-10, Gary Majewski 1-3
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 25, Gary Majewski 8, Chad Cordero 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42829
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott