Rizzo homers, Cubs hold off Nationals' rally for 6-5 win

WASHINGTON (AP) The Chicago Cubs had watched most of their five-run lead against the Washington Nationals dissipate by the time Steve Cishek entered Sunday night's game in the seventh inning.

Cishek closed it out, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save as the Cubs held on for a 6-5 win.

''He's the first guy in line at Dairy Queen,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked afterward. ''That is above and beyond. I was planning on two innings, but then he had to go (get) an extra out.''

Chicago led 6-1 before Washington closed to within one on a three-run homer by Anthony Rendon in the sixth inning and a solo home run by Howie Kendrick in the seventh.

Cishek retired Rendon with a man on to end the seventh and allowed a single in the eighth before a 1-2-3 ninth. That all came after the reliever spoke with pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, who told Cishek they might need him to throw a couple of innings.

''Jokingly, I told him (I could go) four innings,'' Cishek said after his longest outing since May 2012. ''Good thing that didn't happen.''

Anthony Rizzo homered and Albert Almora Jr. had three hits for the Cubs, who took two of three from the Nationals and improved to 10-1-1 in their past 12 series.

Kyle Hendricks (4-4) retired the first 11 Washington batters and didn't allow a hit until Kurt Suzuki's single leading off the fifth, but gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Hendricks had been masterful in May, allowing just one earned run over his past three starts (25 innings).

''Not a good mental approach kind of from the start,'' he said. ''Wasn't attacking as well as I have been the last few games and fastball command kind of suffered from there.''

Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson (2-3) allowed three runs and four hits with three walks in three innings.

Rizzo's solo homer in the third gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and Chicago went up 4-0 in the fourth on Kyle Schwarber's sacrifice fly. The Cubs scored two more in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead. They had numerous chances to increase their lead in the early innings, but went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base - leaving the door open for Washington.

''The boys are swinging the bat well,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''And they faced a guy that came in here pitching really, really well and we were able to knock him out of the game.''

Before the game, Maddon announced that the Cubs dropped their protest over the pitching delivery of Washington reliever Sean Doolittle in Saturday night's game.

FRIENDLY CONFINES

Rizzo is hitting .315 in 108 career at-bats at Nationals Park, with seven homers and 16 RBIs.

NATS STATS

Gerardo Parra had three hits. ... Rendon is 10 for 23 over his past six games with two homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. ... CF Victor Robles made a leaping catch at the wall in right center to take an extra-base hit away from Addison Russell in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: SS Javier Baez left in the sixth inning. He said he jammed his right heel while fielding a grounder by Hellickson in the third and hopes to play Monday.

Nationals: Robles was back in the lineup after being hit on the left wrist with a pitch Friday night and missing Saturday night's game. ... RHP Trevor Rosenthal (viral infection) will pitch an inning for Double-A Harrisburg on Monday and then be re-evaluated. ... 1B Matt Adams (left shoulder strain) has begun swinging a bat and could take batting practice on the field Monday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14) starts the opener of a three-game series against former Cub Jake Arrieta and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.91) makes his fourth start of the season against the New York Mets in the opener of a four-gamer series at Citi Field. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 24 strikeouts in three starts vs. New York.

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  • W: K. Hendricks (4-4)L: J. Hellickson (2-3)S: S. Cishek (4)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (11), WAS - H. Kendrick (7), A. Rendon (8)
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K. Bryant 3B30110103.272.402.562.9644.0
A. Rizzo 1B41111113.245.372.523.8956.5
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A. Russell SS20000000.250.318.450.7680.0
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D. Descalso 2B40000014.215.286.318.603-0.5
S. Cishek P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Heyward RF42200021.236.335.399.7343.0
A. Almora CF32300100.270.308.421.7298.0
K. Hendricks P20010013.190.227.238.4650.5
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    T. Turner SS41000100.296.367.556.9222.0
    A. Eaton RF41200010.280.347.379.7262.5
    A. Rendon 3B31131111.331.416.6691.0868.5
    J. Soto LF40100021.246.361.440.8011.0
    K. Suzuki C41100001.277.322.494.8162.0
    G. Parra 1B40300010.231.306.361.6672.5
    B. Dozier 2B30010002.207.307.352.6591.0
    W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- A. Sanchez PH10000011.250.250.250.500-0.5
    M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Hellickson P10000000.111.273.111.3840.0
    K. McGowin P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    H. Kendrick 2B21111000.314.361.571.9336.0
    V. Robles CF40000010.247.297.451.748-0.5
    • a-struck out for Suero in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Contreras (8), A. Almora 2 (7)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (11)
    • SF - K. Schwarber 2 (3)
    • SH - K. Hendricks
    • RBI - K. Schwarber 2 (15), K. Bryant (32), A. Rizzo (30), J. Baez (31), K. Hendricks (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 3 (3), A. Rizzo, S. Cishek, J. Heyward
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Soto (8)
    • HR - A. Rendon (8), H. Kendrick (7)
    • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (26), B. Dozier (11), H. Kendrick (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, J. Soto, B. Dozier 2 (2), A. Sanchez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (2)
    • E - A. Russell
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Rendon-Turner-Parra; Turner-Dozier-Parra)
    • E - K. McGowin
    • PB - K. Suzuki (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Hendricks (W, 4-4)5.26442413.211.1812.0
    B. Kintzler (H, 8)1.01110113.380.841.5
    X. Cedeno0.01000000.003.60-1.0
    S. Cishek (S, 4)2.11000202.451.0513.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Hendricks (W, 4-4)5.2
    B. Kintzler (H, 8)1.0
    X. Cedeno0.0
    S. Cishek (S, 4)2.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hellickson (L, 2-3)3.04333116.231.72-5.5
    K. McGowin3.03321306.001.334.5
    W. Suero2.02000305.211.165.5
    M. Grace0.10000008.411.820.0
    K. Barraclough0.20001004.671.67-1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 83-52, B. Kintzler 11-8, X. Cedeno 6-4, S. Cishek 27-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, S. Cishek 3-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 24, B. Kintzler 4, X. Cedeno, S. Cishek 8
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. McGowin 2 (2)
    • HBP - J. Hellickson, K. McGowin
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 64-30, K. McGowin 44-27, W. Suero 30-21, M. Grace 2-2, K. Barraclough 17-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-4, K. McGowin 5-1, W. Suero 1-2, M. Grace 1-0, K. Barraclough 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 16, K. McGowin 14, W. Suero 8, M. Grace, K. Barraclough 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    K. Schwarber LF21120102.225.344.395.7395.0
    K. Bryant 3B30110103.272.402.562.9644.0
    A. Rizzo 1B41111113.245.372.523.8956.5
    J. Baez SS30010002.319.359.595.9531.0
    A. Russell SS20000000.250.318.450.7680.0
    W. Contreras C30100110.321.426.6271.0533.5
    D. Descalso 2B40000014.215.286.318.603-0.5
    S. Cishek P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Heyward RF42200021.236.335.399.7343.0
    A. Almora CF32300100.270.308.421.7298.0
    K. Hendricks P20010013.190.227.238.4650.5
    B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    X. Cedeno P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Bote 2B10000011.239.326.407.733-0.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Turner SS41000100.296.367.556.9222.0
      A. Eaton RF41200010.280.347.379.7262.5
      A. Rendon 3B31131111.331.416.6691.0868.5
      J. Soto LF40100021.246.361.440.8011.0
      K. Suzuki C41100001.277.322.494.8162.0
      G. Parra 1B40300010.231.306.361.6672.5
      B. Dozier 2B30010002.207.307.352.6591.0
      W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- A. Sanchez PH10000011.250.250.250.500-0.5
      M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Hellickson P10000000.111.273.111.3840.0
      K. McGowin P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      H. Kendrick 2B21111000.314.361.571.9336.0
      V. Robles CF40000010.247.297.451.748-0.5
      Total355952276-----
      • a-struck out for Suero in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Contreras (8), A. Almora 2 (7)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (11)
      • SF - K. Schwarber 2 (3)
      • SH - K. Hendricks
      • RBI - K. Schwarber 2 (15), K. Bryant (32), A. Rizzo (30), J. Baez (31), K. Hendricks (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant 3 (3), A. Rizzo, S. Cishek, J. Heyward
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soto (8)
      • HR - A. Rendon (8), H. Kendrick (7)
      • RBI - A. Rendon 3 (26), B. Dozier (11), H. Kendrick (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, J. Soto, B. Dozier 2 (2), A. Sanchez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (2)
      • E - A. Russell
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Rendon-Turner-Parra; Turner-Dozier-Parra)
      • E - K. McGowin
      • PB - K. Suzuki (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (W, 4-4)5.26442413.211.1812.0
      B. Kintzler (H, 8)1.01110113.380.841.5
      X. Cedeno0.01000000.003.60-1.0
      S. Cishek (S, 4)2.11000202.451.0513.0
      Total9.0955272---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (W, 4-4)5.2
      B. Kintzler (H, 8)1.0
      X. Cedeno0.0
      S. Cishek (S, 4)2.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hellickson (L, 2-3)3.04333116.231.72-5.5
      K. McGowin3.03321306.001.334.5
      W. Suero2.02000305.211.165.5
      M. Grace0.10000008.411.820.0
      K. Barraclough0.20001004.671.67-1.0
      Total9.0965571---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hellickson (L, 2-3)3.0
      K. McGowin3.0
      W. Suero2.0
      M. Grace0.1
      K. Barraclough0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 83-52, B. Kintzler 11-8, X. Cedeno 6-4, S. Cishek 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 6-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, S. Cishek 3-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 24, B. Kintzler 4, X. Cedeno, S. Cishek 8
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. McGowin 2 (2)
      • HBP - J. Hellickson, K. McGowin
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 64-30, K. McGowin 44-27, W. Suero 30-21, M. Grace 2-2, K. Barraclough 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 3-4, K. McGowin 5-1, W. Suero 1-2, M. Grace 1-0, K. Barraclough 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 16, K. McGowin 14, W. Suero 8, M. Grace, K. Barraclough 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Kendrick homered to left center65
      • 6TH INNING
        Rendon homered to center, Turner and Eaton scored64
        Bryant singled to shallow right center, Almora scored, Schwarber to second61
        Hendricks hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Heyward scored, Almora to second on McGowin fielding error51
      • 5TH INNING
        Dozier grounded out to second, Suzuki scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to right, Almora scored40
      • 3RD INNING
        Rizzo homered to left center30
      • 2ND INNING
        Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to center, Heyward scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Baez reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber scored, Bryant to third, Rizzo out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Grace pitching
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to second
        • Kyle Barraclough relieved Matt Grace
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Russell lined out to center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
        • S. Cishek: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cishek grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Cishek Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
        • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Robles fouled out to first
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • W. Suero Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora singled to shallow center
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to right, Almora to third
        • K. Bryant: Bryant lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • S. Cishek Pitching:
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Parra singled to shallow center
        • Adrian Sanchez hit for Wander Suero
        • A. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Howie Kendrick at second base
        • Wander Suero pitching
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell lined out to right
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Contreras grounded out to first
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Kintzler Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Kendrick homered to left center
        • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
        • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to third
        • Xavier Cedeno relieved Brandon Kintzler
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Eaton singled to right
        • Steve Cishek pitching
        • David Bote at second base
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Rendon lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. McGowin Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to center
        • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Heyward to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward to third on wild pitch, Ball, Almora walked
        • K. Hendricks: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike swinging, Hendricks hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Heyward scored, Almora to second on McGowin fielding error
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber reached on fielder's choice to second, Almora to third, Hendricks out at second
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant singled to shallow right center, Almora scored, Schwarber to second
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bryant out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Addison Russell at shortstop
        • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles lined out to second
        • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
        • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton reached on an infield single to shortstop, Turner to third, Eaton to second on shortstop Russell throwing error
        • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Rendon homered to center, Turner and Eaton scored
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Soto doubled to deep right
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to third
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra singled to center, Soto to third, Parra to second
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Kyle Hendricks
        • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. McGowin Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to second
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suzuki singled to left center
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to deep right, Suzuki to third, Parra out at second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to second, Suzuki scored
        • K. McGowin: Strike looking, McGowin flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Kyle McGowin relieved Jeremy Hellickson
        • A. Almora: Ball, Almora doubled to deep left
        • K. Hendricks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hendricks struck out bunting foul
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Almora to third on passed ball, Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to right, Almora scored
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rizzo homered to left center
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez grounded out to third
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Contreras doubled to deep right
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Descalso flied out to right
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • B. Dozier: Dozier flied out to left
        • J. Hellickson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hellickson grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Robles: Robles lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward singled to left center
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora doubled to deep left, Heyward to third
        • K. Hendricks: Hendricks popped out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to center, Heyward scored
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Schwarber to second
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked, Schwarber to third, Bryant to second
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez reached on fielder's choice to third, Schwarber scored, Bryant to third, Rizzo out at second
        • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras hit by pitch, Baez to second
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Contreras out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • T. Turner: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner flied out to center
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton flied out to center
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)