Zimmerman 2 HRs off shaky Lester, Nationals trounce Cubs 9-4

CHICAGO (AP) Ryan Zimmerman had done little in his career against Cubs ace Jon Lester until Saturday.

The veteran slugger turned around that matchup in a big way.

Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over Chicago 9-4.

''I think he made some mistakes over the middle of the plate,'' Zimmerman said. ''Usually he's really good, against righties at least, bringing that cutter in off the plate and working both sides of the plate.''

''He just made a couple of mistakes over the middle. Other than that, he threw the ball pretty well. But I thought we did a good job of waiting. When he made those mistakes, we took advantage of it.''

Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning, had a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third and chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.

The righty-swinging Zimmerman had just two hits in 16 at-bats against the left-hander until breaking loose. Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.

Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.

Both manager Joe Maddon and Lester insist there's nothing physically ailing the All-Star.

''I gave up 10 hits today and nine were on my fastball, so I guess I'm just in this rut right now,'' Lester said. ''I probably felt like that was some of the better stuff I had in the last couple of starts, and that was the outcome.''

After Lester retired the first two batters of the game, Bryce Harper singled and Zimmerman homered to center.

Washington broke it open with six runs in the fourth. Murphy had a two-run homer, Trea Turner drove in a run with a single and Zimmerman capped the burst with his ninth home run.

''If we can get him going, continuing to get him going the way he's doing right now,'' manager Dave Martinez said of Zimmerman, ''that's going to be a huge addition.''

FRIENDLY CONFINES

Roark allowed two runs on nine hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs over 29 2/3 innings during the four-start winning streak.

The native of Wilmington - about 60 miles south of Wrigley Field - is 4-0 with 2.74 ERA in his last five starts against the Cubs, and has a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts in Chicago.

''I have a lot of family that come out and support me, which is great,'' he said. ''I hear people yelling my name when I walk on or walk off the field.''

MR. 1,000

Anthony Rizzo got his 1,000th career hit with a third-inning single. All but the first 18, which he got for San Diego, have come in a Cubs uniform.

''I'm fortunate to pretty much have been healthy my entire career so far, so obviously it's a nice milestone,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (pinched nerve in neck) threw a 64-pitch bullpen on Saturday and said that he ''felt really good.'' He's scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. If all goes well in that, a rehab start likely will be the next step. ''We want to make sure when he does get back, he's going to pitch every five days,'' Martinez said.

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) took ground balls and a few swings on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his return . RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) likely will throw a live BP session on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (15-5, 2.28 ERA) will try to become the majors' first 16-game winner in the finale of the series on Sunday night. Scherzer also leads the majors in strikeouts with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.38) makes his third start with the Cubs. He has allowed just one earned in 11 innings during the first two starts.

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  • W: T. Roark (7-12)L: J. Lester (12-5)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman 2 (9), D. Murphy (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF40000012.295.379.383.762-0.5
T. Turner SS42210110.272.344.412.7567.5
B. Harper CF32200111.238.382.501.8834.5
W. Difo 2B10000011.244.302.348.650-0.5
R. Zimmerman 1B32262101.256.326.506.83217.0
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Soto LF50000022.303.421.542.962-1.0
M. Reynolds 3B51100020.270.356.525.8811.0
D. Murphy 2B41321010.308.353.459.8128.5
M. Taylor CF10000000.241.304.380.6840.0
M. Wieters C31300200.221.318.338.6576.0
T. Roark P30000024.174.191.239.431-1.0
M. Adams 1B10000011.269.346.534.879-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rizzo 1B20100001.265.364.443.8071.0
    M. Montgomery P0000-000.083.120.083.000-
    V. Caratini C11000100.254.317.307.6242.0
    J. Baez 2B20010001.295.328.578.9061.0
    T. Chatwood P11100000.167.200.167.3672.0
    a- B. Zobrist PH10120000.313.398.467.8654.0
    J. Heyward RF20000000.279.344.407.7520.0
    b- I. Happ PH-RF30100021.241.363.414.7770.0
    D. Bote 3B-1B-2B40100022.320.411.493.9040.0
    W. Contreras C-1B40110011.275.363.438.8011.5
    K. Schwarber LF40100002.244.361.467.8281.0
    A. Russell SS41300010.268.337.370.7083.5
    J. Lester P10000002.106.106.170.2770.0
    J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
    c- T. La Stella PH-3B20000102.278.355.317.6721.0
    A. Almora CF41100023.298.334.402.7361.0
    • a-doubled for Chatwood in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Heyward in the 6th
    • c-walked for De La Rosa in the 5th
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (9), D. Murphy (5)
    • SF - R. Zimmerman
    • SH - A. Eaton, T. Roark (4)
    • RBI - T. Turner (49), R. Zimmerman 6 (32), D. Murphy 2 (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (28), R. Zimmerman 5 (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), R. Zimmerman, J. Soto 2 (2), T. Roark 3 (3), M. Adams
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Zobrist (19)
    • SF - J. Baez (4)
    • RBI - J. Baez (89), B. Zobrist 2 (46), W. Contreras (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist 2 (10), W. Contreras (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, I. Happ, W. Contreras, K. Schwarber 2 (2), J. Lester 2 (2), A. Almora
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Turner (32)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Rizzo (4)
    • Picked Off - A. Rizzo
    FIELDING
    • E - W. Contreras (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Roark (W, 7-12)7.29221704.121.2822.5
    W. Suero1.12221103.581.08-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Roark (W, 7-12)7.2
    W. Suero1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (L, 12-5)3.210981533.891.34-12.5
    J. De La Rosa1.10001404.461.574.0
    M. Montgomery1.00001103.621.342.5
    T. Chatwood3.03002205.061.805.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (L, 12-5)3.2
    J. De La Rosa1.1
    M. Montgomery1.0
    T. Chatwood3.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - W. Suero (3)
    • HBP - T. Roark (10)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 117-75, W. Suero 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 5-9, W. Suero 2-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Roark 32, W. Suero 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 88-54, J. De La Rosa 26-16, M. Montgomery 13-7, T. Chatwood 57-32
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-2, M. Montgomery 2-0, T. Chatwood 3-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 22, J. De La Rosa 5, M. Montgomery 4, T. Chatwood 14
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Eaton RF40000012.295.379.383.762-0.5
    T. Turner SS42210110.272.344.412.7567.5
    B. Harper CF32200111.238.382.501.8834.5
    W. Difo 2B10000011.244.302.348.650-0.5
    R. Zimmerman 1B32262101.256.326.506.83217.0
    W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Soto LF50000022.303.421.542.962-1.0
    M. Reynolds 3B51100020.270.356.525.8811.0
    D. Murphy 2B41321010.308.353.459.8128.5
    M. Taylor CF10000000.241.304.380.6840.0
    M. Wieters C31300200.221.318.338.6576.0
    T. Roark P30000024.174.191.239.431-1.0
    M. Adams 1B10000011.269.346.534.879-0.5
    Total379139351212-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Rizzo 1B20100001.265.364.443.8071.0
      M. Montgomery P0000-000.083.120.083.000-
      V. Caratini C11000100.254.317.307.6242.0
      J. Baez 2B20010001.295.328.578.9061.0
      T. Chatwood P11100000.167.200.167.3672.0
      a- B. Zobrist PH10120000.313.398.467.8654.0
      J. Heyward RF20000000.279.344.407.7520.0
      b- I. Happ PH-RF30100021.241.363.414.7770.0
      D. Bote 3B-1B-2B40100022.320.411.493.9040.0
      W. Contreras C-1B40110011.275.363.438.8011.5
      K. Schwarber LF40100002.244.361.467.8281.0
      A. Russell SS41300010.268.337.370.7083.5
      J. Lester P10000002.106.106.170.2770.0
      J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
      c- T. La Stella PH-3B20000102.278.355.317.6721.0
      A. Almora CF41100023.298.334.402.7361.0
      Total35411402815-----
      • a-doubled for Chatwood in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Heyward in the 6th
      • c-walked for De La Rosa in the 5th
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Zimmerman 2 (9), D. Murphy (5)
      • SF - R. Zimmerman
      • SH - A. Eaton, T. Roark (4)
      • RBI - T. Turner (49), R. Zimmerman 6 (32), D. Murphy 2 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (28), R. Zimmerman 5 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), R. Zimmerman, J. Soto 2 (2), T. Roark 3 (3), M. Adams
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zobrist (19)
      • SF - J. Baez (4)
      • RBI - J. Baez (89), B. Zobrist 2 (46), W. Contreras (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist 2 (10), W. Contreras (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, I. Happ, W. Contreras, K. Schwarber 2 (2), J. Lester 2 (2), A. Almora
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner (32)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Rizzo (4)
      • Picked Off - A. Rizzo
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Contreras (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Roark (W, 7-12)7.29221704.121.2822.5
      W. Suero1.12221103.581.08-1.5
      Total9.01144280---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Roark (W, 7-12)7.2
      W. Suero1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (L, 12-5)3.210981533.891.34-12.5
      J. De La Rosa1.10001404.461.574.0
      M. Montgomery1.00001103.621.342.5
      T. Chatwood3.03002205.061.805.0
      Total9.013985123---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (L, 12-5)3.2
      J. De La Rosa1.1
      M. Montgomery1.0
      T. Chatwood3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Suero (3)
      • HBP - T. Roark (10)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 117-75, W. Suero 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 5-9, W. Suero 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Roark 32, W. Suero 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 88-54, J. De La Rosa 26-16, M. Montgomery 13-7, T. Chatwood 57-32
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-2, M. Montgomery 2-0, T. Chatwood 3-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 22, J. De La Rosa 5, M. Montgomery 4, T. Chatwood 14
      • 9TH INNING
        Zobrist doubled to right center, Russell and Caratini scored94
      • 8TH INNING
        Contreras singled to shallow center, Chatwood scored, Happ to third92
      • 4TH INNING
        Zimmerman homered to left center, Turner and Harper scored91
        Turner singled to shallow center, Wieters scored61
        Murphy homered to center, Reynolds scored51
      • 3RD INNING
        Baez hit sacrifice fly to right, Almora scored31
        Zimmerman hit sacrifice fly to center, Turner scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Zimmerman homered to center, Harper scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds flied out to deep left
        • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Taylor lined out to right
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Wieters singled to shallow left
        • M. Adams: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Suero Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Russell singled to shallow left
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Russell to second on wild pitch, La Stella grounded out to third
        • A. Almora: Foul, Almora grounded out to second, Russell to third
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Caratini walked
        • Ben Zobrist hit for Tyler Chatwood
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist doubled to right center, Russell and Caratini scored
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to center
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
        • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmerman walked, Turner to second
        • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Ball, Caratini flied out to center
        • T. Chatwood: Strike looking, Chatwood singled to shallow right
        • I. Happ: Happ singled to shallow left, Chatwood to second
        • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras singled to shallow center, Chatwood scored, Happ to third
        • Matt Adams at first base
        • Wander Suero pitching
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Schwarber flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Chatwood pitching
        • Victor Caratini catching
        • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds popped out to shortstop
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy singled to shallow right
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters singled to shallow right, Murphy to second
        • T. Roark: Roark grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wilmer Difo at second base
        • Michael Taylor in center field
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Schwarber lined out to center
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell singled to shallow left
        • T. La Stella: La Stella grounded out to first, Russell to second
        • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Mike Montgomery pitching
        • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to first
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded into fielder's choice to third, Harper out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded out to first
        • Ian Happ hit for Jason Heyward
        • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • D. Bote: Ball, Bote singled to shallow center
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
        • T. Roark: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Roark struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Tommy La Stella hit for Jorge De La Rosa
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, La Stella walked
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds singled to deep left
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy homered to center, Reynolds scored
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
        • T. Roark: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Roark struck out looking
        • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Eaton hit sacrifice bunt to third, Wieters to second
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner singled to shallow center, Wieters scored
        • B. Harper: Harper singled to center, Turner to second
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman homered to left center, Turner and Harper scored
        • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Jon Lester
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Bote grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras lined out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner singled to left
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner to third on 1st baseman Contreras throwing error
        • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman hit sacrifice fly to center, Turner scored
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Almora singled to shallow left
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rizzo singled to shallow right, Almora to third
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez hit sacrifice fly to right, Almora scored
        • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy singled to shallow center
        • M. Wieters: Wieters singled to center, Murphy to third
        • T. Roark: Strike swinging, Ball, Roark hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wieters to second
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, Bote struck out on foul tip
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber singled to shallow right center
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell singled to center, Schwarber to third
        • J. Lester: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lester grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to second
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner lined out to right
        • B. Harper: Harper singled to shallow right
        • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman homered to center, Harper scored
        • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Roark Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch
        • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Baez popped bunt out to catcher
        • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rizzo picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Heyward fouled out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)