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"Told him I'd be ready for the gas he's throwing," Jackson recounted.
Easy to joke around after the way Jackson finally picked up his first win of 2013 -- and first win under the $52 million, four-year contract that took him from the Washington Nationals to the Chicago Cubs.
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Jackson retired 12 of Washington's first 13 batters while pitching into the sixth inning Saturday, and hit a two-run double off Strasburg for good measure, leading the Cubs to an 8-2 victory that ended the Nationals' five-game winning streak.
The game was scoreless with two outs in the fifth when one of Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's two errors gave the Cubs a base runner.
Strasburg followed with his first walk, to No. 8 hitter Darwin Barney, he of the .160 batting average. Then up came Jackson, 0 for 10 at the plate with zero RBIs this season until that point.
"If Strasburg punches him out there," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, "it's a whole different ballgame."
But with the count full, Jackson delivered his double to right-center to make it 2-0.
"I figured he was going to try and come at me because he doesn't want to walk a pitcher," said Jackson (1-5), who gave up two runs over 5 1-3 innings. "I just got a pitch that I could drive."
Unraveling en route to dropping a fifth consecutive decision, Strasburg (1-5) walked another batter and gave up Starlin Castro's single to load the bases.
Anthony Rizzo grounded a single up the middle, the ball bounding into center to score two more runs. Instead of backing up home plate on the play, Strasburg ambled around on the infield grass and looked into the dugout.
All four runs were unearned, and Strasburg's ERA actually dipped to 3.10.
David DeJesus' two-run single was the highlight as Chicago scored four more in the sixth against reliever Zach Duke. Washington's lone lefty in the bullpen got only two outs and gave up four hits and a wild pitch. He also hit a batter.
Sveum thought Jackson's performance dipped because he sat in the dugout during the long top of the fifth and sixth, while the Cubs were scoring all of their runs.
For Jackson, the fact that his first win this season came against the team he played for a year ago didn't really matter at all.
What really meant something was to get that win.
"It was definitely nice to get that monkey off my back. ... It felt about the same size as me," Jackson said. "When things are going bad you can fold and collapse or you can continue to work hard and climb your way out of the hole."
|The Cubs take advantage of some sloppy Nats play to send Stephen Strasburg to his 5th straight lost decision. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|David DeJesus, CF||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.270|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||0||1||0||0||3||1||.271|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||5||0||3||2||0||0||0||.288|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.273|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.291|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||.275|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||2||0||0||0||2||0||.284|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.160|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||1||1||2||0||1||1||.083|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ryan Sweeney, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Hector Rondon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Camp in the 8th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano 2 (9, Duke, Rodriguez), Luis Valbuena (5, Strasburg), Cody Ransom (4, Duke), Darwin Barney (6, Rodriguez), Edwin Jackson (1, Strasburg)|
|SH - Edwin Jackson (2)|
|RBI - David DeJesus 2 (11), Anthony Rizzo 2 (28), Cody Ransom (5), Edwin Jackson 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (5), Anthony Rizzo 2 (8), Edwin Jackson 2 (2)|
|CS - Anthony Rizzo (3, 2nd base by Strasburg/Ramos)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Edwin Jackson (W,1-5)||5.1||4||2||2||2||3||1||6.02|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 88-50, Shawn Camp 19-15, Hector Rondon 22-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 6-7, Shawn Camp 1-2, Hector Rondon 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 22, Shawn Camp 7, Hector Rondon 6|
|Denard Span, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|Eury Perez, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.105|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.234|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||.300|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.196|
|Tyler Moore, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.157|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.233|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Zach Duke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Strasburg in the 5th|
|b-tripled for Mattheus in the 7th|
|2B - Ian Desmond (13, Jackson)|
|3B - Stephen Lombardozzi (1, Camp)|
|HR - Ian Desmond (6, Jackson)|
|RBI - Ian Desmond 2 (17)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Roger Bernadina 1|
|DP - Zimmerman-Espinosa-LaRoche|
|E - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (7, Throwing)|
|Stephen Strasburg (L,1-5)||5||5||4||0||2||7||0||3.10|
|HBP - Castillo (by Zach Duke)|
|WP - Zach Duke (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 94-64, Zach Duke 20-9, Ryan Mattheus 17-11, Henry Rodriguez 37-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 4-3, Zach Duke 1-1, Ryan Mattheus 2-1, Henry Rodriguez 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 21, Zach Duke 7, Ryan Mattheus 5, Henry Rodriguez 8|
|Attendance - 37116|
|Game Time - 3:07|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|