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On a humid afternoon at Wrigley Field, Harris hit his first career grand slam and added a two-run homer as the Nationals rallied from a four-run deficit to rout the Cubs 13-5.
"For me, I just had probably the best game of my career. We got in late and I was kind of tired today, but a lot of guys say when you're tired you have your best days," Harris said.
"I've heard that so many times and it's never really happened to me before until today. It was just a good win for us. We fought back the whole game."
The Nationals' victory came less than 24 hours after they'd ended a 12-game losing streak in Philadelphia. And they didn't get to their Chicago hotel until 1:45 a.m.
Entering the game with the worst record in the majors, the Nationals were facing the Cubs, the team with the best mark.
"We got beat up today. What are you going to do?" Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "They came out swinging the bats. They hit the ball all over the park and out of it."
Harris hit his slam off reliever Neal Cotts to cap a six-run sixth inning that put the Nationals ahead 6-4. He added a two-run shot in the ninth off Chad Gaudin for his first multihomer game in the majors.
Harris and Cotts were teammates from 2003-05 with the Chicago White Sox and played on a World Series winner together.
"You know, it's good to hit a grand slam, but I would rather it have been against somebody else," Harris said. "Because Neal and I go way back. ... I consider him a friend. I have to do my job too but if I could choose someone else, I would."
Cotts was part of a Cubs' bullpen that was charged with nine runs, six to Gaudin. Cotts came on after Jason Marquis lost it in the sixth after he'd allowed only two hits in the first five innings.
"I walked the first guy and put us in a bigger jam than we were already in. I put one over the plate and he (Harris) put a good swing on it," Cotts said. "He looks pretty good over there. Today he swung the bat well."
Lefty John Lannan (7-12) allowed seven hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings to beat the Cubs for the second time this season.
Lastings Milledge hit a sacrifice fly and Belliard had an RBI double to slice the lead to 4-2 and finish Marquis. Pinch-hitter Austin Kearns worked a walk from Cotts (0-2) to reload the bases and Harris hit a drive over the right-field wall for his 11th home run.
Boos came down from the crowd of 40,513 as the Cubs came off the field after the Nationals' big inning.
Harris wasn't through. He fielded Mark DeRosa's liner as it bounced off the left-field wall in the bottom half and made a strong throw to second to nail him.
Boone delivered his big double off Gaudin in the eighth to break it open. Harris and Belliard homered in the ninth.
"I know I'm strong enough to hit the ball out of the park, but I'm not up there trying to hit the ball out of the park," said Harris, whose 12 homers this season are five more than he had in his entire career before 2008. "I don't know where it's coming from and I'm not trying to figure it out."
Chicago's Derrek Lee hit his first homer since July 27, a solo shot and his 18th of the season, to make it 2-0 in the third. DeRosa cleared the left-field bleachers with his 16th homer in the fourth, a two-run drive that gave him a career-high 75 RBI.
The Cubs scored in the first on a double steal by Lee and Alfonso Soriano.
|Willie Harris hits not one but two homers, including his first career grand slam, to help the Nats win. (AP)|
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|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||1||1||.237|
|Cristian Guzman, SS||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.295|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.265|
|Lastings Milledge, CF||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.261|
|Ronnie Belliard, 1B||5||3||4||2||0||1||0||.278|
|Ryan Langerhans, RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.241|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH-RF||1||2||0||0||2||0||1||.216|
|Willie Harris, LF||4||3||2||6||1||1||1||.255|
|Wil Nieves, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|b- Jesus Flores, PH-C||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.272|
|John Lannan, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.028|
|Steven Shell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Aaron Boone, PH||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||.247|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.241|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Langerhans in the 6th|
|b-singled for Nieves in the 8th|
|c-doubled for Shell in the 8th|
|d-struck out for Rivera in the 9th|
|2B - Ronnie Belliard 2 (20, Marquis, Gaudin), Jesus Flores (16, Gaudin), Aaron Boone (10, Gaudin)|
|HR - Ronnie Belliard (11, Gaudin), Willie Harris 2 (12, Cotts, Gaudin)|
|SF - Lastings Milledge (5)|
|RBI - Cristian Guzman (35), Lastings Milledge (46), Ronnie Belliard 2 (40), Willie Harris 6 (38), Aaron Boone 3 (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard (14), Willie Harris 2 (13)|
|SB - Emilio Bonifacio (5, 2nd base off Howry/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Willie Harris 1|
|DP - Zimmerman-Bonifacio-Belliard|
|John Lannan (W,7-12)||6.1||7||5||5||3||3||2||3.95|
|Steven Shell (H,3)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 84-51, Steven Shell 12-10, Saul Rivera 17-13, Jesus Colome 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 9-5, Saul Rivera 1-1, Jesus Colome 1-2|
|Batters Faced - John Lannan 27, Steven Shell 3, Saul Rivera 4, Jesus Colome 4|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||4||.285|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.313|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.290|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.284|
|Reed Johnson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.312|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||3||1||2||2||1||0||1||.284|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.276|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.188|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kosuke Fukudome, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Daryle Ward, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Soriano in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Howry in the 7th|
|c-singled for Gaudin in the 9th|
|2B - Reed Johnson (21, Rivera)|
|HR - Derrek Lee (18, Lannan), Mark DeRosa (16, Lannan)|
|RBI - Ryan Theriot (34), Derrek Lee (73), Mark DeRosa 2 (75)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (16)|
|SB - Alfonso Soriano 2 (14, 2nd base off Lannan/Nieves, off Lannan/Nieves), Derrek Lee (7, 2nd base off Lannan/Nieves)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Theriot-Cedeno-Lee|
|Neal Cotts (L,0-2)||0.2||1||2||2||1||1||1||3.38|
|IBB - Harris by Chad Gaudin|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 88-57, Neal Cotts 14-6, Bob Howry 8-5, Chad Gaudin 52-30|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 8-5, Neal Cotts 1-0, Bob Howry 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 23, Neal Cotts 4, Bob Howry 4, Chad Gaudin 14|
|Attendance - 40513|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper|