Bote's grand slam in 9th lifts Cubs over Nationals 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) The celebration was under way by the time David Bote flung his helmet high into the air on his way home.

Teammates were already jumping up and down, ready to mob him at the plate. The fans were in a frenzy, too.

Nothing like a game-ending grand slam to get the festivities started.

A pinch-hitting Bote smashed one against Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday night.

Bote's long drive to center field came after dominant starts by Washington's Max Scherzer and Chicago's Cole Hamels.

Madson (2-5) entered with a 3-0 lead to start the ninth and quickly ran into trouble.

He gave up an infield single to Jason Heyward with one out and hit Albert Almora with a pitch. Madson then retired Kyle Schwarber on a foul pop before hitting Contreras to load the bases.

With a 2-2 count, Bote drove a knee-high fastball well beyond the center-field wall, setting off quite a scene.

Teammates ripped off his jersey at the plate. He also had a cooler emptied on him as he gave an interview on the field while fans chanted ''Bote! Bote!''

''It's magical,'' he said. ''It's incredible. It's an unbelievable feeling. It couldn't happen to a better team, a better group of people in that clubhouse. And I'm so blessed and honored to be part of it.''

There was more after he finished his postgame interview with reporters. As he walked back into the clubhouse, he got a quick hug from none other than noted Cubs fan Bill Murray, who asked, ''Is this the hero?''

Bote has made quite an impression while bouncing back and forth between the minors as a rookie. He is batting .329 with three homers in 34 games for the Cubs, with Kris Bryant battling injuries this season.

His big slam helped Chicago take two of three in the first meeting between these teams since the Cubs beat Washington in the NL Division Series. It also made a winner of Justin Wilson (4-3), who got the final two outs in the ninth.

Madson said a recurring back issue flared up when he was warming up, causing pain going down his right leg.

''Sometimes it will shoot, sometimes it won't,'' he said. ''That's really the truth of the matter. Just trying to fight through it. Not everybody feels 100 percent all the time, but this one's pretty big. So I'll lose basically position, control over the ball.''

Scherzer tossed three-hit ball over seven innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 11 and walked one.

But the Nationals managed just three hits - one off Hamels. He gave up one run in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one in his third start since Chicago acquired him from Texas.

The only hit he allowed was Daniel Murphy's single in the second to put runners on first and third. Mark Reynolds then drove in Ryan Zimmerman with a sacrifice fly.

The Nationals did not get another hit until Trea Turner tripled against Brandon Kintzler, sparking a two-run ninth.

A-ROD, MADDON MAKE PEACE

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez insisted they made peace over the former slugger's comments criticizing pitcher Yu Darvish last month.

Maddon said they had a ''very open and candid'' conversation before the game. Rodriguez also said it was ''very positive.''

The two were at odds after Rodriguez accused Darvish - sidelined since May 20 because of triceps and elbow injuries - of causing a rift in the clubhouse by rehabbing with the team rather than at the Cubs' facility in Arizona. Maddon fired back at the time, and he made it clear again Sunday that he will protect his players.

Rodriguez, who took two questions from reporters before sprinting away, seemed to have no regrets.

''What's great about this is we all have the same interests - to grow the game, to highlight stories as objectively as we can,'' he said.

Both he and Maddon said they planned to have drinks together at some point.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: The Nationals held 3B Anthony Rendon out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left wrist, though he entered in the bottom of the ninth. ... Closer Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) hopes to start throwing off the mound in the next day or two. He has not pitched since July 6.

Cubs: The Cubs activated RHP Anthony Bass (right mid-thoracic strain) and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Washington opens a four-game series at surging St. Louis, with LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 5.50 ERA) starting for the Nationals and RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.74) pitching for the Cardinals.

Cubs: Send LHP Jose Quintana (10-8, 4.28) to the mound when they open a two-game series against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

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  • W: J. Wilson (4-3)L: R. Madson (2-5)
  • HR: CHC - D. Bote (3)
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J. Soto LF31000110.299.418.535.9541.5
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D. Murphy 2B40100002.307.350.454.8041.0
A. Rendon 3B00000000.289.345.506.8510.0
M. Reynolds 3B30010012.264.347.514.8610.5
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M. Wieters C30000021.216.313.331.643-1.0
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W. Difo 2B00000000.244.302.348.6500.0
  • a-lined out for Glover in the 9th
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A. Russell SS30000021.266.335.367.702-1.0
  • a-singled for Edwards in the 8th
  • b-homered for Wilson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Turner (4)
  • SF - M. Reynolds (3)
  • RBI - R. Zimmerman 2 (34), M. Reynolds (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Reynolds 2 (2), M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora (22)
  • HR - D. Bote (3)
  • RBI - D. Bote 4 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote 4 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), W. Contreras 3 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.030011102.190.8825.5
K. Glover (H, 1)1.01000000.000.602.0
R. Madson (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.22440015.191.43-11.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
K. Glover (H, 1)1.0
R. Madson (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.01111904.221.3025.5
C. Edwards1.00000202.581.104.0
B. Kintzler0.12222003.661.33-6.0
J. Wilson (W, 4-3)0.20000103.221.397.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
C. Edwards1.0
B. Kintzler0.1
J. Wilson (W, 4-3)0.2
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (4)
  • HBP - R. Madson 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-71, K. Glover 12-9, R. Madson 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-5, K. Glover 1-2, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, K. Glover 4, R. Madson 6
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Kintzler (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-61, C. Edwards 9-7, B. Kintzler 12-5, J. Wilson 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 8-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, C. Edwards 3, B. Kintzler 5, J. Wilson 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Soto LF31000110.299.418.535.9541.5
B. Harper RF30000120.236.380.497.8780.0
R. Zimmerman 1B31120120.258.330.503.8334.0
D. Murphy 2B40100002.307.350.454.8041.0
A. Rendon 3B00000000.289.345.506.8510.0
M. Reynolds 3B30010012.264.347.514.8610.5
R. Madson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Taylor CF30000031.238.302.376.678-1.5
M. Wieters C30000021.216.313.331.643-1.0
M. Scherzer P20000010.288.327.308.635-0.5
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W. Difo 2B00000000.244.302.348.6500.0
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  • a-lined out for Glover in the 9th
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A. Rizzo 1B40100001.265.363.441.8041.0
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A. Almora CF31100010.298.336.404.7403.5
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I. Happ PR01000000.241.363.414.7771.0
C. Hamels P20000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Russell SS30000021.266.335.367.702-1.0
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  • a-singled for Edwards in the 8th
  • b-homered for Wilson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Turner (4)
  • SF - M. Reynolds (3)
  • RBI - R. Zimmerman 2 (34), M. Reynolds (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Reynolds 2 (2), M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora (22)
  • HR - D. Bote (3)
  • RBI - D. Bote 4 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote 4 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), W. Contreras 3 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer7.030011102.190.8825.5
K. Glover (H, 1)1.01000000.000.602.0
R. Madson (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.22440015.191.43-11.0
Total8.26441111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer7.0
K. Glover (H, 1)1.0
R. Madson (L, 2-5) (BS, 3)0.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels7.01111904.221.3025.5
C. Edwards1.00000202.581.104.0
B. Kintzler0.12222003.661.33-6.0
J. Wilson (W, 4-3)0.20000103.221.397.5
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PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels7.0
C. Edwards1.0
B. Kintzler0.1
J. Wilson (W, 4-3)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Scherzer (4)
  • HBP - R. Madson 2 (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 106-71, K. Glover 12-9, R. Madson 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 5-5, K. Glover 1-2, R. Madson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, K. Glover 4, R. Madson 6
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Kintzler (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-61, C. Edwards 9-7, B. Kintzler 12-5, J. Wilson 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 8-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, C. Edwards 3, B. Kintzler 5, J. Wilson 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Bote homered to center, Heyward, Almora and Happ scored34
    Zimmerman singled to shallow center, Turner and Soto scored, Harper to second30
  • 2ND INNING
    Reynolds hit sacrifice fly to right, Zimmerman scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • Matt Adams hit for Koda Glover
    • M. Adams: Adams lined out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner tripled to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soto walked
    • B. Harper: Harper intentionally walked, Soto to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Zimmerman singled to shallow center, Turner and Soto scored, Harper to second
    • Justin Wilson relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy flied out to shallow left
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Rendon at third base
    • Wilmer Difo at second base
    • Ryan Madson pitching
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to first
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heyward reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Almora hit by pitch, Heyward to second
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber fouled out to third
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras hit by pitch, Heyward to third, Almora to second
    • David Bote hit for Justin Wilson
    • Ian Happ ran for Willson Contreras
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bote homered to center, Heyward, Almora and Happ scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Cole Hamels
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to right
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Koda Glover relieved Max Scherzer
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Carl Edwards
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, La Stella singled to shallow left
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Russell fouled out to first
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo flied out to deep right
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Baez grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward popped out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora doubled to shallow left
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber intentionally walked
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Scherzer grounded out to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras popped out to first
    • C. Hamels: Ball, Hamels popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Harper grounded out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zimmerman struck out looking
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist flied out to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward lined out to right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Scherzer struck out on foul tip
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo singled to shallow right
    • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Zimmerman walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy singled to left, Zimmerman to third
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds hit sacrifice fly to right, Zimmerman scored
    • M. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Wieters lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Heyward struck out on foul tip
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber singled to center
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Soto popped out to second
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)