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Chi. Cubs
W: S. Marshall (5-2) L: H. Rodriguez (3-2)
S: C. Marmol (18)
HR: CHC - B. DeWitt (2),C. Pena (19)   WAS - None

Barney caps eight-run rally as Cubs outlast Nats

CBSSports.com wire reports

WASHINGTON -- In a rough season for the Chicago Cubs, there was finally something to celebrate.

Down 8-0 after four innings, the Cubs engineered their largest comeback in more than three years and salvaged the final game of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals.

Darwin Barney's tiebreaking ninth-inning double, capped off a wild comeback and Chicago rebounded for a 10-9 win on Thursday night.

"When you're down 8-0, it's really easy to roll over," Barney said.

"I wouldn't say that I thought the game was over after they scored eight runs, but history shows it's tough to come back."

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Tony Campana reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored when Barney doubled to right off Henry Rodriguez (3-2). It was Barney's third hit and RBI of the game.

It was the first time Chicago came back from eight runs down since May 30, 2008, when it beat Colorado 10-9 according to STATS LLC, and it's the largest lead blown in a loss in the history of the Montreal/Washington franchise.

This is the second straight night a team blew an 8-0 lead. Cincinnati was up 8-0 in the fifth inning and beat St. Louis 9-8 in 13 innings on Wednesday.

A night after winning a game on an unlikely suicide squeeze, Washington manager Davey Johnson was taking the loss hard.

"I'm gonna have a hard time sleeping tonight on that one," Johnson said.

Each Washington starter had at least one hit as the Nationals built an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning on Thursday.

Chicago scored six runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to tie it.

The Cubs took a 9-8 lead in the top of the eighth, and the Nationals tied it at 9 in the bottom of the eighth.

Sean Marshall (5-2), the fifth Chicago pitcher, was the winner. He allowed one run and two hits.

Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 23 chances. He hit Rick Ankiel with a pitch leading off the inning, and walked Laynce Nix. But Marmol retired Roger Bernadina on a fly to right to end the game.

Chicago scored its most runs since the Cubs scored 12 on June 16. Five of their past six games have been decided by a run.

"You're so proud of them for continuing to play," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "Now let's make it easier on ourselves and try to play a little smarter baseball and continue with that kind of effort."

Livan Hernandez allowed four singles through five innings and then gave up six runs -- including five straight hits -- in the sixth inning as Chicago cut the lead to 8-6.

"99 percent of the time, you win the game when it's 8-0," Hernandez said.

Johnson accepted the blame for the defeat -- saying he was trying to save a tired bullpen.

"I stayed with Livo - and I got burnt," Johnson said. "I gambled. I gambled. That's what I did."

The Cubs tied the score at 8 in the seventh.

The Nationals scored a season-high seven runs in a third inning that featured three infield singles, two hits -- a double and single -- from Bernadina and two errors - one by starting pitcher Matt Garza -- and a ground ball by Ankiel that bounced up and hit Chicago first baseman Carlos Pena in the face. Garza was charged with all seven runs -- six earned. He left the game after facing eight batters in the inning and not retiring a single one.

Danny Espinosa had a two-run single, Wilson Ramos a two-run double, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth and Bernadina had RBI singles. Bernadina had three hits.

Washington added a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Ankiel. The hit scored Ryan Zimmerman, who reached on a two-base error by Kosuke Fukudome.

In the six-run inning, Alfonso Soriano drove in the first run with an RBI single, two scored on a double by Barney and Blake DeWitt had a pinch-hit three-run home run that hit the right field foul pole. It was his second homer of the season.

In 5 2/3 innings, Hernandez allowed six runs and 10 hits.

In the seventh inning, Aramis Ramirez walked with one out against Todd Coffey, who relieved Hernandez. Pena homered to the Washington bullpen in right -- his 19th of the season -- tying the score at 8.

Ramirez's RBI single in the top of the eighth gave Chicago a brief 9-8 lead.

Morse's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth made it 9-9.


  • Chicago RHP Carlos Zambrano, who's on the 15-day disabled list with lower back soreness, will make a rehab start for Class A Peoria on Friday. Quade is targeting his return for the third game after the All-Star break.
  • Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster threw on the side before the game, and Quade said that if he feels well on Friday, he'll start Saturday in Pittsburgh. Dempster missed his start on Monday with back pain.
  • Washington C Ivan Rodriguez was a late scratch with a right oblique injury. Rodriguez said he iced the injury several times during the game, and hopes he won't have to go on the disabled list.
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Chicago center fielder Marlon Byrd breaks up a crucial double play to position the Cubs for a come-from-behind win. (AP)
Chicago center fielder Marlon Byrd breaks up a crucial double play to position the Cubs for a come-from-behind win. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Barney
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

R. Bernadina
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Aramis Ramirez, 3B3221100 .298
Carlos Pena, 1B5112024 .225
Geovany Soto, C4120112 .235
Marlon Byrd, CF5120012 .299
Alfonso Soriano, LF3111101 .261
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Campana, PH-LF1100001 .270
Darwin Barney, 2B5133002 .296
Matt Garza, P1000001 .032
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1010000 .318
    James Russell, P0000000 .125
   c- Blake DeWitt, PH1113000 .266
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF2000011 .328
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
a-hit into fielder's choice for Marshall in the 9th
b-singled for Samardzija in the 5th
c-homered for Russell in the 6th
2B - Starlin Castro (23, Rodriguez), Darwin Barney 2 (10, Hernandez, Rodriguez)
HR - Carlos Pena (19, Burnett), Blake DeWitt (2, Hernandez)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (49), Carlos Pena 2 (48), Alfonso Soriano (38), Darwin Barney 3 (30), Blake DeWitt 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (10), Alfonso Soriano (21), Darwin Barney 3 (12), Blake DeWitt 3 (12)
SB - Tony Campana (10, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
E - Kosuke Fukudome (2, Dropped fly), Matt Garza (5, Throwing), Carlos Pena (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Matt Garza 2876140 4.26
Jeff Samardzija 2210020 3.62
James Russell 1100000 4.63
John Grabow 1000110 5.11
Sean Marshall (W,5-2) 2211030 2.40
Carlos Marmol (S,18) 1000100 2.21
HBP - Ankiel (by Carlos Marmol)
WP - Carlos Marmol (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 67-40, Jeff Samardzija 27-19, James Russell 11-7, John Grabow 14-9, Sean Marshall 30-20, Carlos Marmol 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 2-1, Jeff Samardzija 2-3, James Russell 2-1, John Grabow 2-0, Sean Marshall 3-0, Carlos Marmol 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 16, Jeff Samardzija 9, James Russell 4, John Grabow 4, Sean Marshall 8, Carlos Marmol 5
Washington Nationals
Roger Bernadina, LF6231003 .267
Danny Espinosa, 2B5122014 .249
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4210101 .252
Michael Morse, 1B5122023 .303
Jayson Werth, RF4111114 .218
Rick Ankiel, CF4111011 .234
Wilson Ramos, C4012021 .254
Ian Desmond, SS4010022 .217
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SH - Wilson Ramos (3), Livan Hernandez (12)
RBI - Roger Bernadina (18), Danny Espinosa 2 (52), Michael Morse 2 (48), Jayson Werth (31), Rick Ankiel (11), Wilson Ramos 2 (29)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-7, Sean Burnett 1-0, Henry Rodriguez 4-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 27, Todd Coffey 3, Sean Burnett 5, Henry Rodriguez 10
Game Information
Attendance - 22016
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Chris Guccione