Sánchez pitches into 9th, slugging Nats roll past Cubs 9-3

CHICAGO (AP) Anibal Sanchez wanted to help his weary teammates with a strong performance on the mound.

The solid afternoon at the plate was an unexpected bonus.

Sanchez pitched one-hit ball into the ninth inning and helped himself with two perfectly placed bunts, leading the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

''I'm not a good hitter, but if I can do something for the team on the home plate, it's good,'' Sanchez said.

Washington had a short turnaround with an early start after its 7-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Nationals didn't arrive in Chicago until early Friday morning, but their loaded lineup looked as if it got more than enough rest.

''Proud of the boys,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''They battled through a long night last night, came back here and (were) ready to play. They played really well and Anibal led that.''

Juan Soto and Adam Eaton homered as Washington improved to 13-4 in its past 17 games, putting pressure on NL East-leading Atlanta and strengthening its position atop the wild-card standings. It has outscored its opponents 129-66 since Aug. 5.

Chicago had won five in a row, but it was unable to overcome a shaky start by Jon Lester (10-9) and another rough performance at the plate. The Cubs finished with three hits, including two in their three-run ninth, a day after they had two in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco.

''It's my job to do better, and I'm not,'' Lester said. ''I let a five-game winning streak basically go down the wayside because I didn't throw the ball very well.''

Sanchez (8-6), who flew into Chicago ahead of time on Thursday, allowed one earned run while improving to 8-0 with a 3.13 ERA in his past 16 starts. Matt Grace got the last two outs.

The 35-year-old Sanchez ''did a good job moving the ball in and out, mixing up speeds,'' Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber said. ''When he was missing, he was missing off the plate.''

He also delivered with his bat, going 2 for 3 after beginning the day with two hits on the year.

He set up Trea Turner's sacrifice fly in the third with a swinging bunt that he directed toward third to stay away from charging first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He drove in a run with a two-out bunt single in the fourth that died practically on the third-base line.

''We always preach about doing the little things,'' Martinez said, ''and today you saw what we can do. We can come at you in many different ways.''

Lester allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander dropped to 1-3 with an 8.51 ERA in five starts this month.

Soto had three hits and scored four times, and Victor Robles finished with two hits and two RBIs. Soto led off the seventh with a drive to center off David Phelps for his team-best 29th homer .

STREAKING

Turner singled in the eighth to extend a pair of streaks. The speedy shortstop has reached base safely in 30 straight games, extending his career high. He also is batting .333 (12 for 36) during a seven-game hit streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer reported no setbacks a day after he pitched four innings in a 7-1 victory at Pittsburgh in his return from the injured list. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been hampered by a strain in his upper back. ''I'm not out of the woods,'' he said. ''I got to still take care of this, got to do all the treatment, got to do all the strengthening and really focus on that so I can build up the intensity in the game.''

Cubs: C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) is expected to ramp up his activity when he travels with the team to New York for next week's series against the Mets.

UP NEXT

Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana (11-7, 3.91 ERA) looks to continue his career-best win streak Saturday. Quintana is 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA in his past nine starts. Right-hander Joe Ross (3-3, 5.48 ERA) starts for the Nationals.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (8-6)L: J. Lester (10-9)
  • HR: WAS - A. Eaton (12), J. Soto (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF51111012.290.376.440.8155.5
A. Rendon 3B51100012.323.400.6091.0081.5
J. Soto LF44311100.290.403.557.96012.0
H. Kendrick 1B50210022.325.376.558.9353.0
K. Suzuki C42110012.269.328.465.7944.5
B. Dozier 2B40100131.235.336.439.7750.5
V. Robles CF41220111.252.328.435.7628.5
A. Sanchez P30210002.093.093.093.1863.0
M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Heyward CF30000000.264.347.448.7940.0
    D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    V. Caratini 3B11000000.247.344.411.7561.0
    N. Castellanos RF41210010.292.343.513.8574.5
    K. Bryant 3B30000011.284.383.528.911-0.5
    D. Holland P10000011.077.143.077.220-0.5
    A. Rizzo 1B30110111.291.402.527.9292.5
    J. Baez SS20000001.281.313.533.8460.0
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.188.235.313.000-
    I. Happ CF20000001.242.347.500.8470.0
    K. Schwarber LF30000000.225.320.484.8040.0
    J. Lucroy C30000020.246.315.367.683-1.0
    T. Kemp 2B21000110.219.288.388.6761.5
    J. Lester P10000000.189.268.297.5660.0
    P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Russell SS20000001.240.324.390.7130.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Kendrick (20), V. Robles (24)
      • HR - A. Eaton (12), J. Soto (29)
      • SF - T. Turner (2)
      • SH - A. Sanchez (3)
      • RBI - T. Turner (43), A. Eaton (41), J. Soto (84), H. Kendrick (54), K. Suzuki (48), V. Robles 2 (56), A. Sanchez
      • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 2 (29), A. Sanchez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner 3 (3), A. Rendon 2 (2), V. Robles, A. Sanchez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (45)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (50), A. Rizzo (82)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, I. Happ
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - V. Robles (21)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Turner-Kendrick)
      • E - A. Rendon (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Kemp-Baez-Rizzo)
      • E - J. Lester
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (W, 8-6)8.11212603.811.3233.0
      M. Grace0.22110106.361.52-2.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (W, 8-6)8.1
      M. Grace0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (L, 10-9)4.19661214.491.45-8.0
      P. Strop0.21111105.581.27-2.5
      T. Chatwood1.00000104.031.433.5
      D. Phelps1.01110213.471.162.0
      S. Cishek1.02000103.441.181.5
      D. Holland1.01111205.741.461.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (L, 10-9)4.1
      P. Strop0.2
      T. Chatwood1.0
      D. Phelps1.0
      S. Cishek1.0
      D. Holland1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 112-76, M. Grace 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 12-7, M. Grace 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 28, M. Grace 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - P. Strop (2)
      • HBP - P. Strop (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 95-59, P. Strop 20-11, T. Chatwood 15-9, D. Phelps 16-11, S. Cishek 19-13, D. Holland 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-6, P. Strop 1-0, T. Chatwood 1-1, S. Cishek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 22, P. Strop 5, T. Chatwood 3, D. Phelps 4, S. Cishek 5, D. Holland 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      T. Turner SS40110003.296.355.488.8432.0
      A. Eaton RF51111012.290.376.440.8155.5
      A. Rendon 3B51100012.323.400.6091.0081.5
      J. Soto LF44311100.290.403.557.96012.0
      H. Kendrick 1B50210022.325.376.558.9353.0
      K. Suzuki C42110012.269.328.465.7944.5
      B. Dozier 2B40100131.235.336.439.7750.5
      V. Robles CF41220111.252.328.435.7628.5
      A. Sanchez P30210002.093.093.093.1863.0
      M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Heyward CF30000000.264.347.448.7940.0
        D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        V. Caratini 3B11000000.247.344.411.7561.0
        N. Castellanos RF41210010.292.343.513.8574.5
        K. Bryant 3B30000011.284.383.528.911-0.5
        D. Holland P10000011.077.143.077.220-0.5
        A. Rizzo 1B30110111.291.402.527.9292.5
        J. Baez SS20000001.281.313.533.8460.0
        T. Chatwood P0000-000.188.235.313.000-
        I. Happ CF20000001.242.347.500.8470.0
        K. Schwarber LF30000000.225.320.484.8040.0
        J. Lucroy C30000020.246.315.367.683-1.0
        T. Kemp 2B21000110.219.288.388.6761.5
        J. Lester P10000000.189.268.297.5660.0
        P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        A. Russell SS20000001.240.324.390.7130.0
        Total303320276-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Kendrick (20), V. Robles (24)
          • HR - A. Eaton (12), J. Soto (29)
          • SF - T. Turner (2)
          • SH - A. Sanchez (3)
          • RBI - T. Turner (43), A. Eaton (41), J. Soto (84), H. Kendrick (54), K. Suzuki (48), V. Robles 2 (56), A. Sanchez
          • 2-Out RBI - V. Robles 2 (29), A. Sanchez
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner 3 (3), A. Rendon 2 (2), V. Robles, A. Sanchez 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (45)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (50), A. Rizzo (82)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, I. Happ
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - V. Robles (21)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Turner-Kendrick)
          • E - A. Rendon (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Kemp-Baez-Rizzo)
          • E - J. Lester
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (W, 8-6)8.11212603.811.3233.0
          M. Grace0.22110106.361.52-2.5
          Total9.0332270---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (W, 8-6)8.1
          M. Grace0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Lester (L, 10-9)4.19661214.491.45-8.0
          P. Strop0.21111105.581.27-2.5
          T. Chatwood1.00000104.031.433.5
          D. Phelps1.01110213.471.162.0
          S. Cishek1.02000103.441.181.5
          D. Holland1.01111205.741.461.0
          Total9.01499392---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Lester (L, 10-9)4.1
          P. Strop0.2
          T. Chatwood1.0
          D. Phelps1.0
          S. Cishek1.0
          D. Holland1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 112-76, M. Grace 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 12-7, M. Grace 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 28, M. Grace 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - P. Strop (2)
          • HBP - P. Strop (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 95-59, P. Strop 20-11, T. Chatwood 15-9, D. Phelps 16-11, S. Cishek 19-13, D. Holland 24-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-6, P. Strop 1-0, T. Chatwood 1-1, S. Cishek 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Lester 22, P. Strop 5, T. Chatwood 3, D. Phelps 4, S. Cishek 5, D. Holland 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Rizzo singled to center, Castellanos scored93
            Castellanos doubled to deep right, Caratini scored92
            Caratini safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error, Kemp scored, Caratini to second91
            Kendrick doubled to deep right center, Soto scored90
          • 7TH INNING
            Soto homered to center80
          • 5TH INNING
            Robles doubled to right, Soto and Suzuki scored, Dozier to third70
            Rendon scored, Soto to third, Suzuki to second on wild pitch50
          • 4TH INNING
            Sanchez reached on bunt single to pitcher, Suzuki scored, Dozier to third, Robles to second40
            Suzuki singled to left, Soto scored, Kendrick to second30
          • 3RD INNING
            Turner hit sacrifice fly to right, Robles scored20
          • 1ST INNING
            Eaton homered to right center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Victor Caratini at third base
            • Derek Holland pitching
            • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
            • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kendrick doubled to deep right center, Soto scored
            • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Foul, Robles fouled out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell grounded out to third, Kemp to second
            • V. Caratini: Strike swinging, Foul, Caratini safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error, Kemp scored, Caratini to second
            • Matt Grace relieved Anibal Sanchez
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep right, Caratini scored
            • D. Holland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Holland struck out looking
            • A. Rizzo: Castellanos to third, Ball, Rizzo singled to center, Castellanos scored
            • I. Happ: Ball, Rizzo to second on fielder's indifference, Happ grounded out to third
            • End of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Steve Cishek relieved David Phelps
            • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
            • An. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez singled to center
            • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner reached on an infield single to third, Sanchez to second
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton fouled out to third
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • I. Happ: Happ grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to catcher
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Lucroy popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • David Phelps pitching
            • Ian Happ in center field
            • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soto homered to center
            • H. Kendrick: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
            • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to center
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castellanos flied out to center
            • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Addison Russell at shortstop
            • Tyler Chatwood pitching
            • Tr. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Eaton flied out to left
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to first
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell flied out to center
            • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Lester Pitching:
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton lined out to center
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to left
            • J. Soto: Soto singled to right, Rendon to second
            • Pedro Strop relieved Jon Lester
            • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
            • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Suzuki hit by pitch, Rendon to third, Soto to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Rendon scored, Soto to third, Suzuki to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • V. Robles: Robles doubled to right, Soto and Suzuki scored, Dozier to third
            • An. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Baez grounded out to third
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber lined out to center
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Lester Pitching:
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon lined out to second
            • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soto singled to shallow center
            • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kendrick singled to left center, Soto to third
            • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to left, Soto scored, Kendrick to second
            • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to shallow center, Kendrick out at home, Suzuki to second
            • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robles walked, Suzuki to third, Dozier to second
            • An. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez reached on bunt single to pitcher, Suzuki scored, Dozier to third, Robles to second
            • Tr. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos singled to left
            • K. Bryant: Pickoff attempt, Bryant fouled out to catcher
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Lester Pitching:
            • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles reached on an infield single to third
            • An. Sanchez: Ball, Robles stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez hit sacrifice bunt to third, Robles to third
            • Tr. Turner: Ball, Turner hit sacrifice fly to right, Robles scored
            • A. Eaton: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lester grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Lester Pitching:
            • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kendrick safe at first on Lester fielding error
            • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Kendrick out at second
            • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Baez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Rizzo out at second
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Schwarber flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Lester Pitching:
            • Tr. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
            • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Eaton homered to right center
            • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soto: Ball, Soto lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • An. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Heyward grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)