Morse’s single knots score at 9-9 heading to ninth

Hey, where’s that sound effect of a record scratching to a halt?

The Nationals’ 8-0 lead, built over the course of two innings, is all gone. The Cubs needed just two innings of their own to score the same number of runs, and we’re tied at 8 in the seventh inning.

Livan Hernandez gave up hits to six of the last seven batters he faced, and allowed a three-run homer to pinch hitter Blake Dewitt in the sixth. Manager Davey Johnson was hoping Hernandez would get him deep in the game, so he wasn’t in much of a hurry to get anyone up in the bullpen, but that pulled the Cubs within two runs, and after Todd Coffey walked Starlin Castro in the seventh, Sean Burnett gave up a two-run homer.

Ryan Mattheus is warming in the Nationals’ bullpen, which will still have plenty of work to do on a night that looked like an easy Nationals win.

Update: Aramis Ramirez’s RBI single off Henry Rodriguez in the eighth inning broke the tie and put the Cubs ahead 9-8. But Michael Morse singled up the middle in the bottom of the inning to tie the game once again.