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Hernandez wins 11th straight as Nationals edge Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Livan Hernandez's latest win did not come easily.

Hernandez tied a franchise record by winning his 11th straight decision Friday afternoon, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

"It's not easy," said Hernandez, who allowed three runs and 10 hits in eight innings. "I want to thank my teammates because the guys playing behind me have my back. I want to do my job, and I'll continue to do my job. I know how to lose and I know how to win."

Washington's Jose Guillen hit a solo homer in the first inning, his 16th, and Brian Schneider was 3-for-5 with two doubles and helped preserve a one-run lead by picking off the potential tying run at third base with one out in the eighth inning.

Cubs starter Mark Prior (5-2) allowed three runs and six hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter in five innings in his second start since being activated from the disabled list.

The Cubs' Derrek Lee homered and tripled, and Jeromy Burnitz had two hits and an RBI, but was also caught off third by Schneider in the eighth with Todd Hollandsworth, who homered earlier, at the plate.

The Nationals have won four straight.

Hernandez (12-2) struck out three and walked two in joining Dennis Martinez as the only pitchers in franchise history to win 11 consecutive decisions. Martinez did it in 1989.

Hernandez, who has not lost since April 19, took a shutout into the sixth, before Lee and Hollandsworth hit solo homers.

"I tried to keep the ball down and not make any mistakes," Hernandez said. "A park like this, with the wind blowing out, is difficult to pitch in."

Manager Frank Robinson called it a "typical Livan game."

"He had an excellent outing, not letting the opposing hitters do much damage to him," Robinson said. "And when they did some damage, he ... (avoided) the big inning. He kept us in the lead. He's amazing, keeps hitters off balance, mixes his pitches and knows how to pitch with men on base."

Nationals closer Chad Cordero, who leads the majors with 28 saves, was given the game off after recording saves each of the previous three days. Hector Carrasco filled in for Cordero and pitched the ninth for his second save in four opportunities.

Guillen's solo homer and RBI singles by Jamey Carroll in the second and fourth gave Washington a 3-0 lead as Prior struggled somewhat with his location.

He wasn't as sharp as he was in his previous start, when he held the White Sox to one hit in six shutout innings. But Prior felt fine after throwing 82 pitches.

"The last inning, I felt as strong as I did in the first inning," Prior said. "I would have liked to have gone (longer)."

The Cubs tightened the game in the sixth.

Lee led off with his 24th homer, and Hollandsworth hit one down the right-field line to make it 3-2 with two outs. With the score 4-2 in the eighth, Burnitz just missed a two-run homer when, after conferring, the umpires called his shot over the right-field wall a foul.

He followed that with an RBI double to left that made it 4-3, but was erased when Schneider threw behind him to Vinny Castilla moments later.

"I just got caught way off," Burnitz said. "He got me."

It was a costly, and uncharacteristic mistake for Burnitz.

"(Schneider) came up with it real quick," Burnitz said. "You can't let that happen under any circumstances."

About the foul ball, Burnitz said, "It's a tough thing to call. That ball was so high."

Lee, who was on third after leading off with a triple to right, said it was the right call.

"I thought it looked pretty foul," he said. "Obviously, we were hoping to get a break."


  • Nationals SS Christian Guzman, who left Thursday's game against Pittsburgh with a strained left hamstring, will not play this weekend.
  • Schneider stayed in the game after being hit in the left arm by a foul ball by Jose Macias in the second inning.
  • Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez was not in the lineup Friday after being hit by a pitch the previous day against Milwaukee. Hit pinch hit with two out in the eighth and grounded out.
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Livan Hernandez allows just three runs in eight innings as the Nationals hold off the Cubs. (AP)
Livan Hernandez allows just three runs in eight innings as the Nationals hold off the Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Carroll
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

B. Schneider
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF4110120 .268
Junior Spivey, 2B5000043 .240
Jose Guillen, RF4111110 .302
Vinny Castilla, 3B5021020 .262
Marlon Byrd, LF4110100 .286
Wil Cordero, 1B4020113 .103
Brian Schneider, C5130014 .270
Jamey Carroll, SS4022013 .257
Livan Hernandez, P4000004 .167
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
2B - Brad Wilkerson (27, Rusch), Brian Schneider 2 (14, Prior, Novoa)
HR - Jose Guillen (16, Prior)
RBI - Jose Guillen (45), Vinny Castilla (40), Jamey Carroll 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (16), Vinny Castilla (22), Jamey Carroll 2 (6)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Spivey-Carroll-Cordero
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (W,12-2) 81033232 3.32
Hector Carrasco (S,2) 1000020 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 110-70, Hector Carrasco 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-11, Hector Carrasco 1-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 34, Hector Carrasco 3
Chicago Cubs
Corey Patterson, CF5020021 .239
Neifi Perez, SS-3B4010002 .273
Derrek Lee, 1B4221002 .381
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4021000 .278
Todd Walker, 2B3010101 .314
Todd Hollandsworth, LF3111102 .269
Jose Macias, 3B3000012 .261
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
   a- Aramis Ramirez, PH1000001 .300
    Sergio Mitre, P0000000 .364
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
Henry Blanco, C3010000 .159
   b- Michael Barrett, PH1000010 .265
Mark Prior, P0000000 .222
   c- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .268
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .143
    Ronny Cedeno, SS2000010 .273
a-grounded out for Novoa in the 8th
b-struck out for Blanco in the 9th
c-lined out for Prior in the 5th
2B - Jeromy Burnitz (18, Hernandez)
3B - Corey Patterson (2, Hernandez), Derrek Lee (1, Hernandez)
HR - Derrek Lee (24, Hernandez), Todd Hollandsworth (4, Hernandez)
SH - Mark Prior (3)
RBI - Derrek Lee (66), Jeromy Burnitz (44), Todd Hollandsworth (26)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (3)
PK - Jeromy Burnitz (1, Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Mark Prior (L,5-2) 5633071 2.86
Glendon Rusch 1.2311010 3.25
Roberto Novoa 1.1200330 2.92
Sergio Mitre 0.2100100 5.52
Will Ohman 0.1000010 1.96
IBB - Wilkerson by Roberto Novoa
WP - Glendon Rusch (1), Will Ohman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Prior 82-60, Glendon Rusch 35-22, Roberto Novoa 44-23, Sergio Mitre 13-8, Will Ohman 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Prior 2-6, Glendon Rusch 2-2, Sergio Mitre 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Prior 21, Glendon Rusch 8, Roberto Novoa 9, Sergio Mitre 4, Will Ohman 1
Game Information
Attendance - 38973
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom